Looking for the right time to jump into the Splatoon 3 game? Well, the new Sizzle Season is upon us—and it’s bringing a few new additions to spice up the online* battlefield.
Sizzle Season includes:
2 newly added battle stages (Barnacle & Dime and Humpback Pump Track)
1 new Salmon Run stage (Jammin’ Salmon Junction)
11 newly added weapon sets (including 2 new main weapons: S-BLAST ’92 and Painbrush)
New Challenge mode
A new seasonal catalog
New and returning stuff in the shops
This content is part of a free update. Your game may have automatically updated, but you can double check on your Nintendo Switch system by highlighting the game’s icon on the HOME Menu, pressing the + Button, and selecting Software Update (internet connection required).
Wait, what’s this new Challenge mode?
Sharp eye, squiddo! Challenge is a newly added mode that adds a twist to team battles. You can jump in solo or bring along friends.
Each Challenge is a limited-time event that adds special rules or limitations to spice up Turf War or Anarchy Battles. You may notice fog rolling in, or maybe everyone has a jumping boost—there could even be an absurd amount of Trizookas out there! (For maximum chaos, you see.)
Like other modes, Challenge uses your performance in battle to help pair you with players of a similar skill level—this time, calculating a nifty number known as your Challenge Power. This number will go up or down with each win or loss.
Not to worry—the standard Turf War and Anarchy Battle modes will still be available alongside these Challenges. Your performance in Challenges won’t affect your Rank Points in the standard Anarchy Battle mode, either.
If you win five battles within a Challenge, you’ll earn yourself a Shell-Out Token as a little bonus. May the Shell-Out Machine in the Lobby bless you with fun stuff!
Kicking things off is the New Season Challenge, celebrating the start of Sizzle Season. There will be three play windows:
3rd June (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. AEST)
3rd June (10:00 p.m. to 0:00 a.m. AEST)
4th June (6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. AEST)
Good luck out there, Inklings and Octolings.
*Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Membership auto-renews after initial term at the then-current price unless canceled. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch/online