It looks like 2020 might well be about to bring us something new in the world of Splatoon, with a promotional image shared by Nintendo seemingly teasing... Well, something.
Below, we've shared a tweet from the official Splatoon Twitter account in Japan. It's wishing players a happy new year and providing a not-particularly-suspicious comment on Splatoon 2's Salmon Run mode, but there's more than meets the large, fishy eye here.
Take a really close look at the reflection of the '202' from '2020', and then take an even closer look at the water itself. It might be easier to zoom in on our lead image above, but you should be able to see that the letters 'SOS' are made, and that the words 'Save Our Salmons' can just about be seen in the water.
Salmon Run has players defeating the pesky Salmonids to collect Power Eggs, and we've always been fed the idea that they're the bad guys. So why are we suddenly being asked to save them? Is this a message from the Salmonids themselves?
More importantly, what does this actually mean for the series' fans? Hype for a potential Splatoon 3 hit fever pitch over Christmas after a number of fans excitedly read a little too much into a Nintendo Instagram post, but perhaps this is the first sign that a sequel really is on the way. Or, perhaps this is teasing a new batch of DLC for Splatoon 2? The latter probably makes more sense.
Either way, we'll have every Inkling and Octoling on the Nintendo Life team keeping an eye out for more clues. Booyah!
just give me a direct...
I don't really need Splatoon 3 right now. An ARMS 2 or maybe a spin-off but definitely not a third one
If a Splatoon 3 is upon us, then they need to change something about it, Splatoon 2 was cool and all but it looks too close to Splatoon 1. I didn’t even put in half the hours in 2 as I did with 1 and I’d like to think that’s part of the problem. DON’T BECOME NEW SUPER MARIO BROS.
It actually looks more like "Zave our salmons". Maybe it was meant to be "Shave our salmons". New enemy type incoming!
Give me more MARIO KART!!!
I am not fully convinced this is necessarily a tease, but if it is, then sure I'll take extra Salmon Run content. Probably my favourite mode in Splatoon 2.
@Cartune The general gameplay is much the same but it really felt like they refined what they did with the first game and really expanded on it. I felt like the second game was much improved from the first and was worthy of being a true sequel. Reckon I put around 100 hours into the first game and over 1000 into the second.
That being said, there'd probably have to be some pretty big additions/changes if they do end up deciding to release Splatoon 3 on the same system as Splatoon 2 (which I'm not convinced will happen).
Splatoon first person shooter incoming!!!
Hopefully it's DLC for Splatoon 2 rather than Splatoon 3. Splatoon 3 would be better off as a launch year game for the Switch's successor.
I'd be all about some more Splatoon solo story content. Give me some DLC like the Octo Expansion or something because they nailed it with that.
Since I started playing on Switch/splatoon 2, the same way I bought the octo expansion I would be happy with any dlc or even better a sequel. great great game! I didn't put more hours in the online because of my disease called smash.
@Grumblevolcano Agreed it's way to early for Splatoon 3. Dlc is all that needs to be coming with Splatoon content
Really doubt it's a sequel already. Switch 2 maybe we'll get one but not another for the same platform. That'd be like releasing another smash on switch and calling it super duper ultra mega happy edition!
Full blown Grizzco game with proper character progression, unlocks, more bosses and maps..
I think Nintendo actually mentioned they won't be working on any new content for the current Splatoon game a while back.
Splatoon 3 is more than likely for a few reasons. Splatoon 2 was developed for the Wii U, but obviously as Nintendo dropped that earlier than intended, it came only a 3 months after the Switch was released.
I can imagine that they started developing a new Splatoon game for the Switch not long after they saw how well 2 did.
Also i think they would get a much bigger market penetration with a new Splatoon game now, possibly reaching 10m-12m sales this time.
Nintendo are just as big software developers than they are hardware and you know they have some untapped potential in the franchise they can very easily tap into now.
I just wish splatoon 1 was remastered or whatever
I loved that game but splatoon 2 isn't any good - I don't play it at all.
And here I am just wanting a "complete" edition all on cart...
@MJF.... maybe play it before criticizing.... very much all content from 1 is in 2.. its already remastered. ive owned both. Splatoon 2 is superior in every way.s its an amazing game.. give salmon run a go in the wii u version. Oh wait u cant
@Paraka so basically a cart with octo expansion included?
@Razer NX was announced (March 2015) before the Wii U game came out (May 2015) though, seems more likely that Splatoon 2 was always a Switch game.
@PawlSLax - That and the additions since then, maps and all.
Maybe a new mode for switch online users
Yes, please more DLC!!!! Not only for Splatoon 2 but how about MARIO Kart 8 Deluxe DLC and ARMS as well?
Let’s hope Nintendo makes these huge selling games lifespans prolonged for a bit longer!
Splat 1 essentially invented a genre. Splat 2 pretty much perfected it, and then doubled down on it with a fantastic expansion.
Splat 3 will need to go a bit wilder if it’s to really blow us away, but given that other shooting games I could mention seem to repeatedly put out the same basic game year after year without question, I think Splat 2 can be forgiven for not ripping up a rule book that its predecessor only wrote two years earlier.
@Grumblevolcano Even if Splatoon 2 was developed as a Switch game from the ground up - which I doubt, seems too samey, but you could be right - a lot of that development time had to go towards just getting a dual screen game to play on 1 screen in both docked and handheld mode, figuring out gyro this and thumbstick that. So it may have been made for the Switch, but a lot of that time was probably spent MAKING it work on the new hybrid Switch hardware.
If they've begun work on Splatoon 3 recently hopefully they have all of that figured out so they can spend all of their time making an entirely new game, not dependent on re-used areas and gear.
While Splatoon 2 is still selling, how much better would a Splatoon 3 sell with 50+ million Switch sold compared to how many were sold when Splatoon 2 released? There are a lot of gamers looking to buy the newest games when they get a new system, not games that are 2 years old. And if they want a game that's 2 years old there's Zelda and Mario to pick up, not an online shooter where everyone has already mastered it and you're just some sitting duck noob.
Switch will be 3 years old soon, probably another 3 years before Switch 2, or whatever it's called, launches. Seems like people will have all moved on to other games and brands by then, can't support an online game for 5 years. Well you can, but there's probably a whole lot more money to be made with a new one.
I agree on SSBU, seems like there's enough there that they can keep that series going as a once-a-generation game, but Spaltoon, and more importantly Mario Kart, need new games that dont' just seem like Wii U ports, even if they aren't. Unless Switch 2 is just around the corner, but I don't think so, I think Switch Pro, or New Switch if Nitneod keeps w/ it's handheld naming, keeps Switch alive for a few more years.
I'm gonna have to agree w/ @Razer on this one, it's easy money. The only way we dont' get a Spaltoon 3 is if you can tell me what all those guys who made Spaltoon 2 are working on instead of Spaltoon 3, b/c they have to be doing something besides minimal updates, that's not enough work for a full team. I'd look it up, but I don't know who made it besides a couple of young looking guys working at EAD/EPD. Maybe in the next Direct?
@rjejr The Splatoon team is working on Animal Crossing New Horizons.
Well this is something. I dunno if it's too early for a Splatoon 3 or not but I'd definitely happily dive into it!
@Cartune thank you so much for pointing out facts about splatoon 2 being close to the 1st one. And yes i do hope for splatoon 3 to come out
Okay usually I just roll my eyes at rumors like these, but there's no way Nintendo isn't hinting at something coming soon. Splatoon 3 would make sense, but I'm not holding my breath either.
@Grumblevolcano @frogopus Thank you both very much for the AC intel. If all those guys (can anybody name any women devs at Ntinedo?) have been working on AC then I suppose Splatoon 3 may have to wait until next gen. Seems such a waste to have the new talent working on an old game series like that, I'd rather have the new blood working on something new if not Splatoon 3, but AC does pay the bills, and it should bring over the last of the 3DS holdouts.
I'll consider myself educated and corrected, if a bit disappointed, as I have zero interest in AC despite owning 11 or 13 of those amiibo. AC:amiibo Festival was $5 during the Toys R Us going out of business sale, I couldn't' help myself, I had to know. I don't want to know any more. I mean sure, AC will be better, but it's just not my kind of game genre. AC, those Viva Pinata games on Xbox everybody was raving about, not for me.
I would prefer Nintendo gave us something else like a franchise we’ve not played in a while. They tend to give us sequels in quick succession (relatively) like DK, Metroid, Splatoon etc but then leave them for years.
How about a new advance wars or wave race or 1080 or something? Mix it up a bit...
@rjejr Aya Kyogoku, who incidentally is the manager of EPD#5. Which oversees AC and Splatoon.....
@NEStalgia Never heard of her.
Seriously though, I've seen every Nitnedo Direct, even the ones for games Idon't liek like AC and the Nindies, and watched E3, and some of the Treehouse stuff, and besides a few women from the Treehouse playing games there just arne't a lot of women, particularly Japanese women, I associate with Ntineod. Sakuaria, Miyamoto, the couple of young guys who were always talking about making Splatoon as little cubes or ducks or whatever, no women though.
Well I take that back, I always associate SM3DW w/ Aya Ueto but shes an actress, not a dev.
@rjejr Kaori Ando (tons of Poke spinoffs, TMS #FE, Sushi Striker, Astral Chain, FE)?
It's just we always think of the half dozen rock star semi-founders of the "Nintendo we know" that all happen to be late 1970's early 1980s early tech and art guys (plus Japan culture is Japan culture and the top management, and thus known names, is, and always will be, most likely, male.)
@NEStalgia - Isn't she also lead of the Yoshi Crafted/Wooley World games too?
@Paraka I don't think so. Do you mean from the Wooly Word E3 presentation with the yarn plushies? I believe that was a Good Feel art lead in the video, not Nintendo staffers. I think Tezuka ran the in-house direction - he has since the SNES Yoshi's Island.
It means Rhianna is coming to Splatoon.
@frogopus a 3ds platformer! Good one.
@NEStalgia The whole industry is pretty much male, though the past few years you have seen some prominent women show up at E3 and other places. Amy Hennig comes to mind but a couple at MS as well. Though MS is a US company, Nintnedo is Japanese, so I guess they still have some catching up to do presenting women who are more than just eye candy. Nothing wrong w/ eye candy, but why not both?
@Grumblevolcano what are you talking about? Anyone with half their senses intact could tell Splatoon 2 is a suped up version of Splatoon U.
I know people try and grasp at straws when it comes to the early Wii U ports on the Switch, anything to try and claim their are not the same games, but what you're trying to say is the equivalent to claiming Mario Kart Deluxe was developed on the Switch...
Splatoon spin off game possibly
I really hope it isn't Splatoon 3. A sequel is not needed this early into the switches lifecycle and I fail to see any reason why people would want want.
I would be interested if it was another expansion/content update or a new spin off entirely.
@LetsGoSwitch pfft ARMS 2 would be better off being called “LEGS”
@iLikeUrAttitude some people buy cod every year. Just because you want to buy a game once a generation doesn't mean if Nintendo releases a new splatoon there would be a ton of people who would upgrade.
@iLikeUrAttitude I would love a splatoon 3. I really enjoy Salmon Run but the really need a much longer progression track. Wish they would have patched 2 with some kind of longer progression but if it takes 3 to do it then that is fine.
@Cartune really? I thought Splatoon 1 was mediocre at best, but I LOVE 2. I probably didn't put more than 20 hours into the original and I've put about 150 into the sequel
@rjejr and the auto repair industry is almost all male after a century, washing machine repair, garbage collection and construction, too. Meanwhile, hair stylists, preschool teachers and secretaries, despite high pay for the later, are predominantly female. Sometimes one trade or another just appeals to one gender much more than the other. Tech is one such place, however it's unfair to say game creation in general is fender skewed, because while design, production, code, etc skew male, art (not exactly a small department in gaming), sound design, media, marketing, and, more related than it should be, legal, skews female. So it's not like women aren't involved in the game industry.... Just not always in the forefront we notice.
I'll never quite understand the thinking that if every position or type of job isn't an equal mix of genders, races, and religions that someone "failed" at something.... Sometimes things just appeal more to certain demographics. And sometimes certain demographics are just more trained to slog through the mystery of something
Rather than a sequel to Splatoon 2 I would prefer a dlc expansion that includes different multiplayer modes and a story/campaign single player mode. Also why does this game not have a pick up and play coop?
If there is new content, I just want it asap. Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme.
@sixrings I wasn't claiming I was the majority that fail to understood why, I simply posted my thoughts and was hoping someone would reply an offer an explanation why they would prefer it that way. Instead I got a useless, condescending that didn't do any of that.
Also Nintendo could sell it's fans a pile of garbage with their name on it and it would still sell like hotcakes your point?
@Nehalem You would be willing to pay another $60 for something that could be fixed in a single patch?
It's definitely time for some new Splatoon content. Deviant Art needs some new inspiration.
I put quite a bit of time in the first Splatoon. When I picked up Splatoon 2 I sold it within the same week.
Just felt more of the same.
Lol, Nintendo Life being late to the party as usual.
This was already discovered 3 days ago.
@Cartune Lol what? Go back and compare the two games. They barely even look alike.
@LUIGITORNADO Seriously? It's a complete departure from Splatoon1. Completely new weapons, new modes, new maps, new lore, new DLC - so many things that weren't part of the first game or were improved!
@iLikeUrAttitude if the made major changes yes. If it’s just a basic extension then no. There is more than one way to do what I’m asking with massive differences in effort.
@LetsGoSwitch Speak for yourself lmao
Well I guess that's what you're doing
New DLC/Story: Unlikely
Splatoon 3: Highly Unlikely
Salmon Run map: More Likely
Nothing at all: Most Likely
Nintendo are trolling us again like the mario watermelon its not splatoon its clearly a tease for pikmin 4 just an off the wall guess though.
@KnightsTemplar I did play it. for hundreds of hours.
and I don't play it at all now - and I asked for 1 to be remastered - which would make it perform as good as 2 if if were
and all of those shortcomings would be addressed
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