Splatoon 3 – Salmon Run Next Wave mode revealed in new trailer

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The new iteration of Splatoon co-op has been revealed with the trailer for Splatoon 3 – Salmon Run Next Wave. The game doesn’t yet have a release date, but it’s still promised for sometime this summer.

The Salmon Run co-op mode was a popular diversion in the second game, and it looks like it’s going to take things a little bit further in the sequel. As before, you’re off to grab salmon eggs on hostile industrial islands while being attacked by Salmonids big and small.

New mega enemis include the Fish Stick, where you need to clamber up the side of a metal tower and shoot out the Salmonid that flitter around it. There’s also the Flipper-Flopper and a new gigantic salmnoid enemy that was teased at the end of the trailer.

Thankfully it’s not just new baddies: you can now throw eggs!

Splatoon 3 was announced back in February 2021, with a target release for this summer, and progress has seemingly been going quite well. Going off all the trailers and mode reveals we’ve seen so far, it looks like it’s going to truly surpass Splatoon 2 in a lot of ways.

Speaking of which, let’s look back at our Splatoon 2 review, where I wrote:

“A fairly straightforward sequel to one of the Wii U’s best games, Splatoon 2’s unique take on the online multiplayer shooter is as fresh as ever on Switch. Nintendo still have one foot in the past with online functionality, stubbornly sticking to their (paint) guns when they should be learning from others, but these flaws are easily covered up once you get into a game. At its heart, Splatoon 2 is a second helping of one of the most inventive shooters of the last decade.”

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