Summary: Reviews apply to Splatoon 3

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We’re back for another review, this week focusing on Nintendo’s upcoming first-party release, Splatoon 3.

Before we dive in, we wanted to take a moment to mention our own review on Nintendo Life. We say it’s “excellent” – awarding the game 9 out of 10 stars, and acknowledging it’s “the pinnacle of the series”:

Yes, other than that, here are the ideas for various other outlets:

The team at My Nintendo News also gave the third game a 9 out of 10, noting how “incredible” it was, even if it wasn’t too different from its predecessor:

“At its core, Splatoon 3 lives up to the mantra of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, delivering an unforgettable experience that promises hundreds of hours of fresh, fun fun for all ages. “

Nintendo Insider also gave it a 9 out of 10, stating that the series now feels as fresh as it did on the Wii U:

“There’s still no other game that delivers a refreshingly refreshing multiplayer experience as effortlessly as Splatoon. It feels as fresh now as it’s back on the Wii U for the first time, and, while more of the same doesn’t have to be “Bad Series” so far, new weapons, levels, and Boss Salmonid can only refresh and reinvigorate the game’s multiplayer mode. However, the content here has been patched and refined to near perfection. Inkling and Octoling loyalists will have a renewed sense of purpose with a desire to prove they’re the freshest squid on the block, but the content roadmap will inevitably determine whether Splatsville is worth sticking with. “

The Australian Nintendo website Vooks.net was even more impressed, with a perfect score of 5/5:

“Splatoon 3 is more of an evolution than a revolution, but it’s the best entry the series has ever seen. In a totally fantastic story mode, some great new weapon additions and a solid understanding of what you already know Between trials and tweaks to the trusty formula, darling, Splatoon 3 is everything you could hope for and more. Some would say it’s “just more Splatoon”, and that’s true, but it’s far from an already The bad things in the series that exist and will continue to exist, so powerful.”

Game Informer’s take on the third game was slightly less, but still full of praise – admitting it was the “best entry” and “most promising” entry, with a score of 8.5 out of 10:

“Splatoon 3 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and doesn’t need to. Instead, it improves nearly every element of the franchise in sometimes small but meaningful ways. Delivering an already strong set of content at launch along with at least two Years of free and upcoming premium content, Splatoon 3 is simultaneously the best entry in the franchise to date, and the most promising.”

Digital Trends gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and enjoys the fact that it’s a full “out of the gate” experience:

Splatoon 3 It’s a game that’s easy to take for granted. It’s tempting to write it off as another fun multiplayer game in a crowded sea — and it costs $60 more than some fully playable alternatives. But what Switch exclusives do here should be the norm, not the exception. This is a fully formed and well-built game, not a great proof-of-concept, and it’s going to be a matter of life or death for the developer’s ability to keep up. In hindsight, it didn’t expand its world with supplemental YouTube videos, nor did it need to be entertaining with references to other beloved mediums. Everything you need to enjoy the experience is there on day one, not hidden in the development roadmap. “

In the end, our friends at VGC gave the game 3 stars out of 5. Here’s what they had to say:

“While it’s odd to see Nintendo come out with such a safe sequel, there’s no denying the continued pull of Splatoon’s skirmishes. Seasoned cues can dive right in; casual dabbling might find it a little bare.”


Splatoon 3 will be released on September 9th. You can find out where to buy the game and amiibo in our preorder guide:

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

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