People who have played Splatoon 2 will receive many bonuses in Splatoon 3 when they carry over their save data to the new game. Nintendo made the announcement with a new post on the game’s official website shortly after holding the Splatoon 3 Direct presentation stream.
When a player boots Splatoon 3 with an account that has Splatoon 2 save data, they will be given instant access to Anarchy Battles and, depending on their rank in the older game, start the newer game with a higher rank. The game will match them with other former Splatoon 2 players with a similar skill level. It will also reward them with three Gold Sheldon Licenses, which they can use to obtain any available main weapons.
Additionally, Nintendo also revealed some details about Splatoon 3‘s save data. The game will save the Story Mode progression data internally in the console, although players can also upload it to the Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud backup. Data related to online matches, such as player ranks and gear collections, will be linked to the player’s account and placed on an online server. If the player has multiple Switch units with the same account registered, they will be able to play Splatoon 3 on any of them with the same save data.
Splatoon 2 is available worldwide on Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 3 will come to the same platform on September 9, 2022.