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Splatoon 3 will have some bonuses for players who have Splatoon 2 save data

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Nintendo hosted a Splatoon 3 Direct today, detailing what’s to come in September. Alongside that news, it also launched a site for Splatoon 3 with even more info, including what rewards players with save data from Splatoon 2 will get in the new game.

According to the Splatoon 3 site, users who have Splatoon 2 save data can get a few different bonuses when they load up the third game. They range from equipment benefits to unlocking a few multiplayer settings earlier than others.

One of the Splatoon save data bonuses is three Gold Sheldon Licenses. These will let players access their favorite weapons immediately, without concerns about player level. So if you have a particular favorite from previous Splatoon games that you want to check out, you can grab it right out of the gate. And yes, all weapons from previous Splatoon games will be in Splatoon 3.

Anarchy Battles, the objective-based playlist with special settings, will also be unlocked from the get-go for those with Splatoon 2 save data. Splatoon 2 players can also start with a higher rank in the third, depending on their previous ranking. And the game will also match you against players who hit a similar skill level to you in Splatoon 2.

Splatoon 3 save data rewards

  • Three Gold Sheldon Licenses
  • Anarchy Battles unlocked right away
  • Start with higher rank (commensurate to Splatoon 2 ranking)
  • Match against players in your Splatoon 2 skill bracket

It seems like a nice way to get back up to speed quickly with the action in Splatoon 3. Re-levelling up and climbing the ranks again might have been one thing, but this cuts away some of the busy-work. Plus, it’ll get that ink bucket back in my hands that much faster.

Today’s Splatoon 3 Direct also showcased a bunch of other features in the upcoming Switch game. Splatoon 3 will have a Gwent-like card game, a new set of amiibo, and tons of new maps, weapons, and supers to utilize. Plus, Splatfests are moving to three-way battles, and you know I’m on Team Big Man.

Splatoon 3 launches on September 9 for Nintendo Switch.


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