When is the Splatoon 3 release date? And what precise time does the game come out in the UK? Those questions now have answers, and those answers won't keep you waiting too long.


The third game in this paint-fighting franchise has been hotly-anticipated for quite some time now, and you can check out our Splatoon 3 preview to see what we thought after a hands-on session at Nintendo HQ (spoiler alert, we liked it).

Or if you fancy yourself as a truly hardcore Splatoon fan, don't forget there's a special edition Splatoon 3 version of the Nintendo Switch OLED console. (It's available from Amazon for £319.99 if you want to take a look at it.)

We played Splatoon 3 on an OLED Switch during our preview session. And as we wrote at the time, "It looked great! The colours really popped and it was still easy to follow the action as we went for a couple more rounds of family-friendly fun." And if you're ready to start playing yourself, read on!

When is the Splatoon 3 release date?

The Splatoon 3 release date will take place on Friday 9th September 2022.

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The game has been hotly anticipated for quite some time now, and we're very much looking forward to seeing it out in the world being devoured by fans. Bring it on!

What time does Splatoon 3 come out in the UK?

Splatoon 3 will launch at midnight local time everywhere in the world, Nintendo has confirmed.

This means that UK fans will be able to play the game as the clock strikes 12 tonight (or 00:00am BST if you want to get technical about it), at the very moment that Friday begins.

Can I pre-order Splatoon 3?

There may not be much time left to make a pre-order, but yes, Splatoon 3 pre-orders are now available!

You can head to GAME or Amazon to make sure you've got a copy on the way when the game releases.

What platforms can you get Splatoon 3 on?

It should come as no surprise to learn that the Nintendo title will be very limited when it comes to what you can play it on. Only a Nintendo Switch release is on the cards for this and there is no word about any potential port to PC – don't hold your breath for that or any other console to get it.

Splatoon 3 Switch console

Speaking of platforms, you might be interested to learn there will even be a Splatoon 3 custom console – an OLED Switch with a special paint job – coming out in August.

If you're tempted, you can order the Splatoon 3 Switch console from Amazon for £319.99. If you want to know what it looks like, take a look at this tweet:

Splatoon 3 gameplay

Taking place in a new setting, the brilliantly named Splatlands, we know a few things about what we should expect for the latest game in the series that will once again have a single-player mode as well as multiplayer.

The 4v4 Turf War mode was one of the first things to be revealed when the game was announced early last year, and some other changes to what has come before have been revealed too. There will be at least two new movement mechanic additions and one new weapon.

The weapon will be a bow that shoots out ink strings, while the movements confirmed so far are squid surge and squid roll - both look like they will come in handy.

Splatoon 3 map

With the release imminent, we should learn everything that the game has to offer us soon – we'll keep this page updated with all the latest developments.

Such as the new multiplayer map that has been announced: Mincemeat Metalworks. And we have a glimpse of it in action!

Is there a trailer for Splatoon 3?

There is more than one Splatoon 3 trailer out there now, but here is an extended one that was revealed at Nintendo Direct late last year.

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