Tonight, the Splatoon 3 Direct burst bomb’d onto the stage, delivering over 30 minutes of the freshest details on the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch game. Us squids (or kids!) got to meet the new and returning shop owners, learn that Sheldon is making us use his own currency, meet the three-member idol group, see some new stages and special weapons and revealed that there are more customizable options than ever – including being able to change emotes to dabbing!
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Squids get the new abilities to help climb walls faster, move through ink quicker and even drop ink depending on certain conditions, helping splat the opponents faster. All the from Splatoon 2 return with some new weapons from the Splatlands, the new area we’re duking it out in, as well, including the new Splatana. More new special weapons were also revealed, such as a drink machine that gives powers up, a shark pool toy that slides up and explodes and a wave machine that splats.
One of the biggest updates is the new lobby that lets you test out weapons, interact with friends and even talk to Judd while you wait for your game to start. There’s also a new locker feature that let squids customize their own area in the lobby through new items. These items come in a catalog that updates every three months along with updates to weapons, stages and more. These updates are currently scheduled to last three years.
A “large scale” paid DLC was confirmed to be coming in the future, with a story based after the final Splatoon 2 Splatfest with Marina and Pearl in their old Splatfest costumes.
Speaking of Splatfest, the Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere demo was confirmed to be happening on August 27 with the theme of Rock, Paper and Scissors. The newest group, Deep Cut, will be performing the concerts and updates in the game with all three members, Shiver, Frye and Big Man, choosing one of the three different sides. These three teams come ahead in the new Tricolor Turf War mode, where three teams will turf it up to find the winner.
Splatoon 3 launches on the Nintendo Switch around the world on September 9.
Source: Nintendo on YouTube
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.