Splatoon 3 is the third installment in the fun and vibrant series developed and published by Nintendo, and is rumoured to be released in the summer of 2022.
Almost five years after the release of Splatoon 2, it was revealed in the February 2022 Nintendo Direct that the game would be returning for a third time. Set in the sun scorched Splatlands and the new city, Splatsville, players will pick up the splatguns again along with exciting new weapons and moves for more colourful encounters.
So far, we know that there'll be a story mode where you take control of Agent 3 and fight against the evil Octarian, and there's also going to be a co-op mode. You can stay up to date with all the latest Splatoon 3 news, game-play and announcements here. If you love Splatoon and know you'll be playing it come summer time, you can pre-order the game in the UK and US with the links below.
Splatoon 3 pre-orders, versions and bonus content
While there isn't even official cover art for the game yet, you'll be pleased to know that Splatoon 3 is available to pre-order from a handful of retailers including Amazon, Game, Base and ShopTo in the UK, and from Best Buy, Walmart and GameStop in the US. There's currently only one edition available for pre-orders but we hope there'll be news of pre-order bonuses and different editions closer to release. It's not currently available on the Nintendo Switch Online store, so you'll have to get a physical copy of the game if you're looking to pre-order.
Splatoon 3 pre-orders in the UK
Nintendo Switch/Switch OLED/Switch Lite
- Splatoon 3- £49.99 from Amazon UK
- Splatoon 3- £49.99 from Game
- Splatoon 3- £49.99 from ShopTo
- Splatoon 3- £41.85 from Base
Splatoon 3 pre-orders in the US
Nintendo Switch/Switch OLED/Switch Lite
Splatoon 3 release date and preload times in the US, UK, Europe and rest of the world
Splatoon 3's release date was helpfully narrowed down to "summer 2022" by Nintendo earlier this year. And we can confidently say that the game will be released on September 9th. Nintendo held off on confirming the date to avoid delaying the game like many other developers and publishers have had to for other projects.
Limited edition Nintendo Switch OLED Splatoon 3 console
Despite it being a relatively new series, Splatoon has become a major franchise for Nintendo. And to prove this, to coincide with the release of Splatoon 3, the company is making a colourful, limited edition version of the Switch console.
It's a riff on the OLED model, making it bright and unique compared to the other versions on offer today. It has a splash of colour on the white dock, and neon coloured Joy-Cons, with both items etched with characters and artwork inspired by Splatoon 3. Ahead of the game's September 9th release date, this special edition of the console will become available on August 26th. It's available from the Nintendo online store for £319.99.
Along with the console, Nintendo is also selling a Pro controller with neon coloured grips and Splatoon art etched across the front. It's available to pre-order for £64.99. And there's also a white carrying case that matches the special edition console available for £19.99, with an included screen protector. Both are expected to release on September 9th.
Splatoon 3 Switch console and accessories pre-orders:
- Splatoon 3 Nintendo Switch OLED console - £319.99
- Splatoon 3 Switch Pro controller - £64.99
- Splatoon 3 Nintendo Switch OLED carrying case - £19.99
2022 is set to be a great year for Nintendo Switch games and we've already been treated to discounts on new releases like Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Triangle Strategy and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. We still have Breath of the Wild 2, Bayonetta 3 and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to look forward to and we'll be keeping you updated on all the latest news plus best and cheapest places to pre-order them. You can also snag even more discounts on upcoming games and huge savings on the latest tech products by following us on Twitter.