Splatoon 3 reveal trailer analysis

What secrets does it hold?

Splatoon 3 was announced in the February 2021 Nintendo Direct and there's a lot to the reveal! We use the analysis machine to break it all down, including new gameplay details, available weapons and outfits, and details about both Splatsville and the Splatlands. All this and more in our in-depth analysis!

Splatoon 2's Version 5.4.0 update now live

Have a look at splat

The previously-announced Version 5.4.0 update for Splatoon 2 is now live. As usual, there's a host of weapon tweaks in this update, along with some bug fixes and more. We've already shared the full patch notes, but if you'd like to dig through them again, you can find them here.

Check out the patch notes for Splatoon 2's Version 5.4.0 update

Yesterday, Nintendo announced the Version 5.4.0 update for Splatoon 2, set to feature some game-balancing adjustments. You can now check out the full patch notes for this version here. The update will be available for download starting on February 23rd, 2021, and is unrelated to the recent announcement of Splatoon 3.

Nintendo shares details on Splatoon 3's locations, new movement methods, customization, and more

Welcome to Splatsville

Nintendo revealed Splatoon 3 yesterday, and even though it's not coming out until sometime in 2022, the dev team is eager to share more details. In a series of tweets, Nintendo revealed new details on gameplay mechanics, locations, customization, and more. Check out the complete breakdown below.

"Here we see Splatsville, the newly discovered “city of chaos.” It has a dated feel yet seems densely populated. Research indicates that Splatsville’s development has accelerated rapidly since the Final Splatfest a year and a half ago, even though it’s located far from Inkopolis."

"We’ve learned that Splatsville is located in a broader region called the Splatlands. It seems the intense sun and harsh environment have had a profound effect on its inhabitants. In recent years, trendsetting Inklings have been drawn to this culture like moths to a Bunsen burner!"

"Even in the Splatlands, Inklings seem devoted to the popular pastime of Turf War. The basic rules appear unchanged—two teams of four compete to ink the most ground. However, the denizens of Splatsville appear to have taken their battles into the surrounding wilds of nature!"

"In the Splatlands, Inklings seem to favor entering the battlefield by launching themselves out of some sort of midair spawner drone. It appears they can even choose their landing spot before flying into action!"

"We’ve identified two new ways that Inklings can move. A “squid roll” allows them to leap and twirl out of their ink, and a “squid surge” allows them to quickly swim up ink-covered walls and jump out at the top! Just think how these abilities could be used in the heat of battle…"

"It’s no secret that Inklings and Octolings can arrange their head tentacles in various “hairstyles.” However, it seems these wonderful creatures are capable of more intricate designs than previously known. Just look at this Inkling… It has a braid! What a day for science."

"In the new video transmission, an Inkling is seen accompanied by a juvenile Salmonid called a Smallfry. Our studies have long shown the Salmonids to be a dangerous species. How this seemingly symbiotic relationship evolved is a thrilling mystery. Further research is required!"

"We’ve also discovered a new weapon with a shape like a bow. It looks a bit primitive at first glance, but on closer inspection, it’s packed with technology, including a mechanism capable of launching three strings of ink simultaneously!"

"In the video transmission, we also spotted some special weapons! In addition to a brand-new one, some seem like reconfigured versions of special weapons found in Inkopolis. How perfectly fitting for the city of chaos…"

"Classic main weapons appear viable in the Splatlands, although their appearance seems evolved to suit this unique culture. The .96 Gal and Range Blaster look markedly different than we’re used to, which will seemingly make them stand out more from other weapons of the same type."

Splatoon 3 moves away from gender-specific customization options

Choose a style

Splatoon 2 had players pick a gender, and then certain customization options were tied to those choices. Since that game, Nintendo has changed how they handle customization. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players pick a style, and then all types of clothing, hair, and more are open to anyone. Yesterday's trailer for Splatoon 3 confirms that Nintendo is taking the same approach. You start by choosing a style, and then you can pick any clothing or hair option that you'd like.

Nintendo looking to hire a level designer for Splatoon 3

Inking a new deal

Splatoon 3 is set for launch sometime in 2022, and Nintendo is hard at work piecing the game together right now. It looks like the Big N needs a bit more help with the project, as they're looking to take on a new level designer.

Nintendo posted the job listing just yesterday, and they're looking to bring in someone who can help create new levels and also adjust some that have already been created. They also need the new employee to help out with overall game balance. You can have a look at the listing here.

Splatoon 2 to be updated to Version 5.4.0 on February 24th, 2021

Splatoon 2 will be receiving an update on February 24th, 2021. This will bring the game to Version 5.4.0, and the update will contain mostly game-balancing adjustments. Despite Splatoon 3 being announced recently, the update currently doesn't seem to contain any information or tie-ins with the new announcement; this update just seems to be something more minor, as Splatoon 2 was last updated back in October 2020.

Splatoon 3 announced for Switch, due out 2022

Nintendo ended their Nintendo Direct today by revealing Splatoon 3. We got a teaser trailer for the game, showcasing both traditional Splatoon gameplay and something that looked a bit more single-player focused. The game is due out sometime in 2022. Check out some more screens for the game below.

Splatoon 2/Mario Splatfest Keychain and Age of Calamity Acrylic Panel Art restocked on My Nintendo


Now's your second chance to grab two My Nintendo items that sold out ridiculously quickly. Both the Splatoon 2/Mario Splatfest Keychain and Age of Calamity Acrylic Panel Art have returned, and as usual, we have no idea how many units there are. Don't wait long if you want to grab one of these, as this could be the last restock. Both items can be found here.

Nintendo Switch Sweepstakes Promotion and Nintendo Themed Toys to Be Offered by Burger King Restaurants Nationwide

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether you’re hard at work creating new courses with Builder Mario or hunting ghosts with Luigi, you’re bound to work up a powerful appetite. Well, there’s good news! In addition to delicious food, your child’s next King Jr Meal from a Burger King® restaurant will include a fun Nintendo surprise!

Beginning Feb. 1 and running through March 15, King Jr Meals at participating Burger King locations across the U.S., Canada and parts of Latin America* will include one of six different toys inspired by Nintendo Switch games. Toys will feature signature characters from games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Mario Maker 2, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Splatoon 2. In celebration of the launch of the Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury game on Feb. 12, Burger King is also offering families and kids in the continental U.S. a chance to win a Nintendo Switch Prize Pack that includes the game along with a Nintendo Switch system!

In Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, you’ll be able to play with friends and family through dozens of colorful stages in which Mario and his friends can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, as you work together to defeat Bowser. In the new Bowser’s Fury adventure, Mario is confronted with a rampaging Bowser. You’ll join forces with Bowser Jr. to venture through an interconnected world made of cat-themed … well, everything! While Mario has had a longtime rivalry with Bowser, king of the Koopas, Nintendo’s partnership with the king of burgers is sure to be a royally fun occasion for all.

When you purchase a Super Mario Meal on the BK Mobile App or online at BK.com between Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch Prize Pack, which includes a Nintendo Switch system and the Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury game.** The Super Mario Meal at Burger King consists of the Whopper® sandwich, small fries and small fountain drink. Even if your Super Mario Meal doesn’t earn you the Nintendo Switch prize pack, you’ll still be able to receive 100 My Nintendo Platinum Points with your purchase of a Super Mario Meal between Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, while supplies last.*** My Nintendo members can pounce on these Platinum Points and redeem them for exclusive rewards.

“Nintendo has always had a mission of delivering smiles to families, and we’re delighted to work with Burger King to deliver smiles through our partnership together,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether families are ringing Mario’s Super Bell power-up or they simply want to ring the dinner bell in style, we hope everyone can look forward to some king-sized Nintendo fun at Burger King.”

To learn more about Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, visit https://supermario3dworld.nintendo.com/. For more information about Nintendo Switch, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/. For more information about Burger King, visit https://www.bk.com/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

* King Jr Meal promotion runs from Feb. 1 through March 15, 2021, in Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay; Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Martinique, Trinidad & Tobago and U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas). Promotion runs in Mexico between Feb. 1 through March 15, 2021.

** NO PURCHASE OR APP NECESSARY TO ENTER. Legal residents of the 48 continental U.S. and DC, 13 or older, with a BK account. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Promotion starts at 12:00 am ET on 2/8/21 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on 2/22/21. For Official Rules, free method of entry, prize descriptions, odds disclosures, and all details, go to https://bit.ly/35Y1GD0. Sponsor: Burger King Corporation, 5707 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126. Nintendo is not a sponsor, co-sponsor or administrator of this sweepstakes.

*** Limit 100 Platinum Points award per BK® account per day, while supplies last. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem My Nintendo points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point


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