Splatoon 3 pre-orders are live but there's still no inkling of a release date

Splatoon 3
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Splatoon 3 pre-orders are live at retailers in the US and UK, but Nintendo has yet to reveal exactly when we'll be splatting down.

As spotted by Nintendo Life, Splatoon 3 pre-orders quietly opened up for physical and digital versions of the game. In the US, you can nab a pre-order at GameStop or Amazon (never mind the December 31 placeholder date), while UK shoppers will want to head to 365Games, ShopTo, or Amazon UK.

Nintendo announced Splatoon 3 a little over a year ago during a Nintendo Direct, and more recently it revealed a summer 2022 release window, but there's still no hard release date. That's a little unusual considering it's almost March and pre-orders are going live, but we don't yet have much of a reason to worry about a delay. Nintendo, as it is wont to do, is likely just taking its time nailing down a date and finding the right occasion to make it public.

The sequel is bringing back the fan-favorite Turf War mode where you vie for control over various maps by splatting down enemies and covering surfaces in colored ink. Also returning for Splatoon 3 is the co-op mode introduced in Splatoon 2, now called Salmon Run: The Next Wave. The most recent Nintendo Direct showed off a good chunk of gameplay from the new iteration of the co-op mode, as well as some of the strange new fishy horrors you'll combat in the course of your extremely dangerous part-time job.

For what to play right now and over the weekend, check out our comprehensive guide to the best Switch games out there.

Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.