Splatoon 3: How & Why To Transfer Data [Explained]

In our guide we will tell you how to easily Transfer Data in Splatoon 3.

With the new game ready and available to play, most fans are migrating towards the brand new Splatoon 3 game. The thing is, Splatoon 3 makes it very difficult to transfer your previous data to the new game. Hence, without special guidance, most players will be confused as to how to do this. But fear not! Our Splatoon 3 how-to transfer data guide will explain all the steps you need to take to ensure a seamless and easy transfer! 

Key Takeaways
  • The Splatoon franchise lets their old players be able to transfer their game data from one Splatoon game to another (Such as from Splatoon 2 to Splatoon 3).
  • Doing this procedure is a little complicated, and you can lose your data if you do something wrong.
  • First, you have to make sure you have a good wifi connection and that you have played Splatoon 2, of course.
  • When you open Splatoon 3, the game will try its best to find the old data and ask you to import it.
  • Then, it will ask you to import it or not, and once you do, you will be awarded 3 “Golden Sheldon Licenses.”

How Many Times Can The Data Be Transferred

Players often make the mistake of assuming that data can be shifted multiple times, leading to numerous losses of precious data. Nintendo clarified this issue when the game launched on September 9, 2022, stating on Twitter that there’s only one save data transfer allowed per Nintendo account.

If players choose to “cancel” during the transfer procedure, they face devastating consequences—they won’t be able to transfer data again. Once at the confirmation box, players should promptly initiate the transfer, as each Nintendo account is granted only one attempt.

How To Easily Transfer Data In Splatoon 3

Now that you have all the prior information to make the right decisions, let us look into all the steps you will need to take in order to shift your Splatoon 2 data to the new Splatoon 3 installment. Before you move forward, why not have a look at our Splatoon 3 review? It will give you great insight into the mechanics of the game!

Ensure A Good Wifi Connection 

Before you start the whole process, I recommend making sure that your Wifi connection is very strong. Try to ensure that you are in a room that has the strongest connection. You do not want your data to be corrupted due to poor quality wifi.

Now you might be thinking, why is Nintendo being so strict about these rules? Well, the thing is, players will actually be rewarded for the transfer. Hence, the company wants to ensure players do not misuse it. If you are curious about the rewards, do not worry; we will discuss them later!

Select Import Data

Splatoon 3 how to import data
importing data in the game

The end is within grasp! At this point, you have the ability to import your previously saved data. While the option of importing is present, some players choose not to do so. Why? Well, according to them, it adds another layer of challenge. Whether you import or not, it is up to you!

The Last Step

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The last step to import data

Well, the last step is not really a step; after you do all the things we mentioned above, you are good to go! All you have to do now is to play the game and receive your hard-earned reward!


Now that you know how to import data, let us look into all the rewards you will be able to get! Bear in mind that they will not be extravagant gifts, but hey, for doing basically nothing, they are a steal!

  • Three Gold Sheldon Licenses
  • Early Access To Anarchy Battle Mode: Using the imported save data option, players will enter the Anarchy battle right away, even though it will normally be activated at Level 10. Players will commence at B- if their score in one of the many other ranked modes is B- or above.

The third installment of the game has offered many new and innovative modes that make it hard for the players not to indulge in them. But playing the new game has brought upon a challenge that most players deem to be very annoying, and if you are an OG Splatoon franchise player, you know exactly what we are talking about.

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Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and has been gaming for more than 22 years. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites, including TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming. Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Learn some more about Irfan's gaming journey on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

Experience: 7+ Years || Worked for TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming

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