Today's Nintendo Direct 'one last thing' is Splatoon 3

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Well, it makes sense why support ended for Splatoon 2!

In a very solemn but slick trailer, Nintendo showed us an Inkling riding a train from the completely barren Splatlands into another city, Splatsville, which will be a new hub.

Wait, Inkling?! Surprise! It’s Splatoon 3, and it’s hitting Switch in 2022.

You’d assume that Skyward Sword HDwould have been the mic drop, but instead, Nintendo is going out in style with yet another return to the Splatoonworld with a third game. No DLC, just a brand new game.

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. pic.twitter.com/9ufNURlsf8

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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! pic.twitter.com/NgChjFFMhl

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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! pic.twitter.com/ISsBcDl5nH

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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… pic.twitter.com/5NwwJZSnwr

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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! pic.twitter.com/u2pOjLwqgt

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 17, 2021