All Nintendo this week, with a look at Splatoon 3, the vibrant Scarlet & Violet edition Nintendo Switch OLED console, and news from the latest Nintendo Direct, including details of upcoming games and the release date of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Stylish Splatoon 3 invests in story
Splatoon 3, for the Nintendo Switch, is as much fun ss ever, but gives players a bit more reason to play on their own.
The franchise was an overt attempt to come up with an online shooter game that felt like it belonged on a Nintendo console. A third-person experience, it had all the mechanics of a Call of Duty or Halo but instead of the gritty setting of warfare, the arena was a skatepark, and the goal was to paint the environment with actual paint, instead of blood.
The characters were Inklings, bratty teenager types who transform from humanoid into an aquatic squid form and can dive into and swim through the ink. It was stylish and original.
The sequel opened up the world and refined the hipster teen attitude, and its Octo Expansion introduced a single-player story as well as the Octoling characters, which are octopods.
The great appeal in Spatoon 3 are the multiplayer modes.
Turf War Battle mode, which pits two teams of four players against each other in an attempt to cover the area with your colour of ink. And Salmon Run, which is now always available, in which your team has to fend off waves of Salmonids.
And there are obstacle course competitions, too, that you can compete in with friends.
Through it all you can customize your Inkling or Octoling with outfits and colour patterns and props, and there are a variety of weapons that you can unlock and wield and special moves to select from to make your character individual to you.
What’s new here, aside from the larger, even more vibrant world, is the larger, more fleshed out narrative that provides a bit more structure to the world the Inklings and Octolings inhabit.
Add to all that some improvements to how players can get into the game, and Splatoon 3 is a fantastic and fun addition to the Nintendo Switch library.
Pokemon themed Nintendo Switch OLED model coming soon
The console will cost $470, the regular price of the OLED model of Switch, and does not include either version of the game.
The Scarlet & Violet console will be available at select stores, some of which may be taking deposits on preorders. These won’t stay in stock, so make your plans now.
Nintendo’s new Zelda game comes in May
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be available for the Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023. This is a sequel to Breath of the Wild, which came out in 2017 as a launch title for what was then Nintendo’s new console, the Switch (it was also available for Wii U).
The release date was announced as part of NIntendo’s latest online event, at which they also announced a partnership with Microsoft and game development studio, Rare.
GoldenEye 007 was developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 console in 1997 and is considered a groundbreaking first-person shooter.
Rare is now an Xbox Games Studio but has been working on a remastered version of GoldenEye 007 which will be released on Xbox Game Pass. At the same time, the original game is being released for subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.
Ready up for your objective, secret agents. Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye 007 is coming soon to Nintendo Switch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members, now with online play! pic.twitter.com/pXNzpDW7Ud— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 13, 2022
The full Nintendo Direct, with announcements of a new Kirby game (Return to Dream Land Deluxe, a remake of the 2011 Wii game), EA’s It Takes Two, four Resident Evil games, and kung fu brawler Sifu.