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With very little fanfare, Nintendo has released Splatoon 3’sSide Order” DLC on the Nintendo eShop. Made available late yesterday evening, the latest expansion pack adds a brand-new single-player experience that deals with the fallout of Splatoon 2’s final Splatfest. It also marks the return of Pearl and Marina to Splatsville.

While consensus on the DLC is still up in the air, we do have some details about what this latest expansion will bring. Set in a decaying Inkopolis that has been drained of color, players will be tasked with climbing the “Spire of Order” and restoring light to the world. The mode will play out with roguelike elements so that players can continuously challenge the tower over and over.



How long is Side Order?


Since Side Order is still incredibly new, there isn’t a lot of information about the length of this campaign. It’s not like a traditional Splatoon campaign or even the Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2. Since this DLC is meant to be replayed multiple times to power up your character, chances are that Side Order is short. Some fans on Twitter have stated it took them under an hour to finish a single run, though that likely doesn’t include all of the new story elements.

Considering this is the second Splatoon series DLC to relate back to events in the previous entry, there’s a chance that Splatoon 4’s campaign will follow up directly on these events. Along with specifically design replayability, this could give Side Order a ton of value for series diehards. Sadly, Side Order is only available as part of a season pass, so the price may not justify the contents for everyone.


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Written by Peter Glagowski

Peter has been a freelance gaming and film critic for over seven years. His passion for Nintendo is only matched by the size of his collection.