Splatoon 3
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We’re back with another review, and this week the focus is on Nintendo’s upcoming first-party releases Splatoon 3.

Before we get into it, we’d like to take a moment to mention our own review here at Nintendo Life. We say it’s “amazing” – giving this game 9 out of 10 stars and acknowledging it as “the highlight of the series”:

Right, with that out of the way, here are the opinions of various other outlets:

Team ends in My Nintendo News also gave the third game a solid 9 out of 10, noting how “amazing” it was, even if it didn’t set itself apart much from its predecessors:

“At its core, Splatoon 3 uses the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra to the best of its ability, offering an unforgettable experience guaranteed to provide hundreds of hours of fresh and invigorating fun for all ages.”

Nintendo Insiders also gave it a 9 out of 10, stating how the series feels as fresh now as it does on the Wii U:

“Still no other game has delivered the refreshing multiplayer experience that Splatoon has so easily achieved. It feels just as fresh now as it first did on the Wii U, and, while more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing when the series’ remains brilliant overall. consistent, new weapons, stages, and Boss Salmonid have only been able to refresh and re-energize the game’s multiplayer mode so far. However, what’s here has been tweaked and refined to near perfection. Guts and Octoling stalwarts will approach these three quells with a new goal in wanting to prove they are the freshest squid on the block, but it will be the content roadmap that will definitely determine if Splatsville is worth sticking around.”

Nintendo Australia website Vooks.net even more impressed, giving it a perfect score of 5/5:

“Splatoon 3, while more of an evolution than a revolution, is the best the series has ever seen. Between a truly fantastic story mode, some great new weapon additions, and adjustments to the tried and trusted formula you’ve come to know and love, Splatoon 3 is everything you’d expect and more. Some would say it’s “more Splatoon”, and that’s true, but it’s far from a bad thing in a series that has been, and continues to be, so consistently strong.”

Game Informer slightly under-taken with the third game but still shining with praise – admitting it was the “best entry” and “most promising” giving it a score of 8.5 out of 10:

“Splatoon 3 didn’t reinvent the wheel, nor did it need to. Instead, it enhances nearly every element of the franchise in sometimes small but meaningful ways. With an already strong set of content available at launch and at least two years of free and premium content on the horizon, Splatoon 3 is simultaneously the best series entry to date and the most promising.”

Digital Trends gave it 4 out of 5 stars and enjoyed the fact that it was a full “out of the gate” experience:

Splatoon 3 is a game that is easy to take for granted. It would be tempting to write it down as another fun multiplayer game on a bustling sea — and one that costs $60 more than some perfectly playable alternatives. But what the Switch exclusive is doing here should be the norm, not the exception. It’s a fully formed and carefully built game out of the gate, rather than a good proof of concept that will live and die with the developer’s ability to keep up. It doesn’t build its world after the fact through additional YouTube videos and it doesn’t need to embellish references to other beloved media to produce entertainment. Everything you need to enjoy the experience is right there on day one, not hiding in the development roadmap.”

And lastly, our friends at VGC give this game 3 out of 5 stars. Here’s what they say:

“While it’s odd to see Nintendo deliver a sequel so safe, there’s no denying the constant pull of Splatoon skirmishes. A seasoned hunch can jump right in; casual lovers might find it a bit bare.”


Splatoon 3 releases on September 9. You can find out where to buy games and amiibo from within our pre-order guide:

Will you be adding Splatoon 3 to your Switch collection? What do you think about the reviews so far? Leave a comment below.

By Blanca

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