Splatoon 3 coming in 2022, teases the Return of the Mammalians

Splatoon 3 Rise of the Mammalians

Splatoon 3, the eagerly awaited next entry in Nintendo’s ink shooting extravaganza, was shown off at today’s Nintendo Direct. In the new trailer we got snippets of lots of new features, including the story mode tagline: Return of the Mammalians. Let’s take a look:

Right off the bat, we get a new city, new stages, new weapons, and new mayhem. There’s a battle mech special, as well as one that sees our squid kids go full-on Super Saiyan. We also get a glimpse at a fuzzy Octoling and some lore snippets, not to mention a look at Callie and Marie’s new duds. There’s even a chicken! The most intriguing part of the whole video, however, is the story mode title: Return of the Mammalians. We then see an Inkling touch a hairy blob and explode, covered in fur themselves. Intriguing!

True to form, our favorite Squid Researcher stops by in the Nintendo Direct video to help us out. He explains that Splatoon 3 will take place in Splatsville, the City of Chaos, as well as the Splatlands occupied by Inklings and Octolings. They really love Turf Wars, the mainstay of the series, but have their own preferred main and sub weapons. He also touches on Return of the Mammalians, which will be the story mode’s theme this time around.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Splatoon 3 and am psyched that we’re getting a new entry in the series. Are you also pumped for it? Looking forward to fuzzy creatures joining our cephalopod overlords? Are you a kid now, or a squid now? Let us know!

Dominick Ashtear