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Splatoon 3 icons Nintendo Switch Online

Original (9/8): Starting today, Nintendo Switch Online icons can claim new icons based on Splatoon 3. The first batch was just made available and comes just in time for the main game’s launch.

Nintendo is planning several waves of Splatoon 3 icons that will be cycled out on a weekly basis. Expect new batches until October 6. Fans can obtain icons for characters, backgrounds, and frames. Characters cost 10 My Nintendo Platinum Points each while everything else is 5 Platinum Points.

An update for Splatoon 3 is due to go live on September 29 in North America and September 30 in Europe and Japan, which will address communication errors and fixes to various issues in the game. Full details can be found below:

Splatoon 3 first Splatfest results

Nintendo has revealed the final results for the first official Splatfest in Splatoon 3.

Players were asked to choose between Team Gear, Team Grub, or Team Fun with regard to what they would bring to a deserted island.

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Splatoon 3 review

System: Switch
Release Date: September 9, 2022
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

It’s hard to believe that such a fresh property like Splatoon has already been around for seven years, but Nintendo’s IP that introduced the cute little humanoid squids known as Inklings quickly resonated with fans despite being on the commercial failure that was the Wii U. It was when Splatoon 2 took off, however, that the franchise truly found its following thanks to the Switch’s success. Interestingly, the quick turnaround rate of two years for Splatoon 2 to release made the game feel almost too familiar. But to the uninitiated, Splatoon 2 gave those same feelings that Splatoon 1 did to those that owned a Wii U. Meanwhile, Splatoon 3 had a chance to marinate for years – five years to be exact – and has seen vast improvements to the overall structure of the game and its heavily-focused online portion that doesn’t feel anywhere near as dated, bringing the game and its multiplayer inking glory to the modern day while looking as beautiful as ever.

Splatoon 3 has been out for two weeks this coming Friday, and Nintendo have shared a new video of the game. Titled “Fresh Inkling’s guide”, this is aimed at players unfamiliar with the series, and goes over gameplay features and objectives.

Check out the trailer and an overview of the game below:

Enter the Splatlands, a sun-scorched desert inhabited by battle-hardened Inklings and Octolings. Splatsville, the city of chaos, is the adrenaline-fueled heart of this dusty wasteland.

Even in this desolate environment, Turf War* reigns supreme and battles rage in new stages located in the surrounding wilds, such as the majestic Scorch Gorge.

Dynamic new moves help these fighters dodge attacks and cover more ground, along with a new bow-shaped weapon to sling ink and new special weapons, such as the scuttling Crab Tank.

Splatoon 3 is out now both physically and digitally via the eShop on Switch.


Splatoon 3 datamine new Salmon Run modes events

Splatoon 3 dataminers have been picking apart the game, and seem to have made some interesting discoveries regarding Salmon Run.

Twitter user OatmealDome says that “Pair”, “Underground”, and “Contest” have been spotted. In fact, Pair and Underground will apparently have their own pay grades and titles. Underground is said to have higher quotas (per wave: +3 / +5 / +7) than normal. OatmealDome does also note that what was found here could also be occasional events like Big Run.

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A new Splatoon 3 update just dropped, with Nintendo issuing version 1.1.1.

This is a notable patch as there are changes and fixes to various aspects of the game. Splatfests, player controls, multiplayer, Salmon Run, and single-player have all been touched up in one way or another.

One aspect worth pointing to specifically is that Nintendo adjusted the rate of Tricolor Battle occurrence and from the defending team’s perspective, they will trigger somewhat less frequently than before. However, Nintendo says the change is “temporary”.

The full patch notes for the Splatoon 3 version 1.1.1 update are as follows:

Splatoon 3 Splatfest

Splatoon 3 has revealed its first Splatfest. For the theme, players are asked what they would bring to a deserted island: gear, grub, or fun.

The Splatfest kicks off on September 23 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET. It will end on September 25 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET.


Splatoon 3 has taken the crown as Japan’s fastest-selling game of all time.

That news follows Nintendo’s announcement earlier today that the title has sold 3.45 million copies in the region in just three days. The company said this is the highest domestic sales level for any Switch game within that time period, but we now know that applies to all platforms as well.

Splatoon 3 sales

Splatoon 3 domestic sales have surpassed 3.45 million units in its first three days on the market, Nintendo has announced. That’s the highest domestic sales level for any Switch game within that timeframe.

Nintendo’s announcement seems to be based on Japanese sales only, so Splatoon 3’s total should be higher than this amount worldwide.

Today’s news is based on Nintendo’s own internal numbers. It includes both packaged and downloadable versions.

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