Splatoon 3

Splatoon 3 is headed to Switch next year, bringing new mechanics, weapons and more along for the ride, but despite what you may have seen over the past 24 hours, Nintendo has not teased a collaboration with Daft Punk.

Rumours of the French electronic duo appearing in-game started to do the rounds yesterday thanks to an image spotted in Japanese magazine, CoroCoro. Shared online by Twitter user, hazardxgm, the image shows Splatoon 3 being played on a TV with various weapons and ink splats dotted around the room. On the left-hand side, you can see a poster featuring Daft Punk with the words 'Daft Punk Airlines'.

Image: CoroCoro, via hazardxgm

As is to be expected, the image quickly started to spread across social media, and some media outlets quickly jumped on the hype believing the image to be an official tease.

The thing is, Daft Punk would be a perfect fit – each of the two previous Splatoon games have featured an electronic musical duo, so a new pairing singing and dancing along to Daft Punk tracks could work nicely. Perhaps the group's 2021 split came about because of a new deal with the residents of Inkopolis?

Well, sadly not. It turns out that the image was created by CoroCoro magazine, and isn't an official piece of marketing sent over by Nintendo. As one Twitter user explains, the Japanese text in the bottom-right of the image tells readers that the image was put together by CoroCoro's editorial team.

Oh well, maybe next time, huh?