Splatoon 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch -- in 2022

A brief peek at a vast city, and that's all we know for now.

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Splatoon 3 could be great, but it's not a 2021 game.

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The latest Nintendo Direct was full of raised expectations for big games, but mostly it was third-party games (aside from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD and Mario Golf). But one big franchise is getting another sequel. No, not Mario Kart.

Splatoon 3 was revealed right at the end of the Direct, but the release date isn't this year. Splatoon 3 is no doubt a highly anticipated game, at least for my kids. The online, fast-based Nintendo shooter started on the Wii U, then got a sequel the year the Switch launched back in 2017.

Watch this: Nintendo reveals Splatoon 3 announcement trailer

The new game looks a bit... post-apocalyptic. A lot of the teaser trailer showed a customizable character waiting in a harsh desert, then riding a train into a crazily huge megalopolis. From there, the brief bits of battles seemed a lot like the gameplay of Splatoon 2. It went by very fast. Perhaps it's getting an expanded single player to go along with an update to its popular multiplayer mode? Time will tell.


That's a huge city.

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One of the biggest letdowns of Splatoon 2 is that it requires multiple Switches for local multiplayer, with no single-TV split-screen mode like Mario Kart. Maybe that will change with Splatoon 3. But for now, we'll have to wait another year. Meanwhile we're still waiting on Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4.

And, well, as far as another Mario Kart, at least we got that RC car version last year. And if you're really desperate for some new Splatoon-type gaming in 2021, there's a dodgeball-battle game that was announced called Knockout City that could be a good stand-in this May.