There’s still so much to learn about how Splatoon 3 will differentiate itself from the pack
Somehow, Nintendo plans on spending “roughly 30 minutes” on the game, which is on the longer side for these sorts of micro/single game Directs. Even the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct was about 24 minutes, so they’re clearly aiming high here. There are precedents though. Back in 2015 (!) Nintendo essentially had to sell people on a brand new franchise, and spent 33 minutes explaining the universe of the first game. Then a few years later for the sequel, that Direct was nearly 27 minutes long.
Either way, there’s a lot we can still glean from another Direct, like:
- Story (Return of the Mammalians)/lore info
- Campaign structure
- More multiplayer maps/weapons
- Salmon Run (co-op) info
- Secrets/extras like amiibo support
The last part is what I’m rooting for, and serves as perfect Direct material. That sort of mysterious tease is what gets all the speculation going once the video is done, and Nintendo is generally pretty good at it! Plus, I hope there’s some form of amiibo support (even minor): as it stands, there’s no mention of amiibo on the game’s various regional store pages, which could be confirmation or an oversight.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 8, 2022