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During today's Splatoon 3-themed Nintendo Direct, we found out when Splatfests are making their grand return.

On 27th August at 9am PDT, you'll be able to take part in the Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere demo and join the game's first official Splatfest! You'll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to participate. The demo will be available to download on the eShop on 18th August, with certain parts playable from 25th, so you can get a little bit of practice in before the big match.

These themed contests involve picking a side and taking on the opposing teams to try and cover as much of the stage in your colour as possible. They're pretty much the same as Splatoon 2's, except with three colours and three teams.

The first round is a standard 4v4 match-up. In the second round, which is a 4-v-2-v-2 face-off, the team that's in the lead will have four players, while the two trailing teams will have two each and try and make the leader's lives difficult. So it's basically even more chaotic.

This first Splatfest will make you pick between teams Rock, Paper, or Scissors — so choose wisely! The event starts at 9am PDT and goes on until 9pm PDT on 27th August, but you'll be able to pick your side before then.

Let us know what team you'll be going for in our poll!

Which team will you choose in the Splatfest World Premier?

Are you excited for the pre-release Splatfest? Let us know in the comments!