Nine Out of Tension

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Nine Out of Tension
Artist Octoplush
Game Splatoon 3
Heard in
Splatoon 3
0101 Get to Know Alterna, Your Only Choice
0202 Absorbency and You
0301 Climbing the Corporate Splatter
0402 Octohoppers Don't Have a Sense of Humor (and They Hate Puns)!
0503 Uh-Oh! Too Many Snipers!
0504 Barriers! They've Got You Covered
0603 Torture Tour
0000 After Alterna (Section 2)
Album Splatune 3
Track list no. 14 (Splatune 3 Disc 2)
Genre Electronic
BPM 180
Key signature A minor
Time signature Irregular
Length 2:44
Audio file

Nine Out of Tension is a song by Octoplush.

Other versions

Nine Out of Tension (September 2021 Direct)

Nine Out of Tension was first heard in the reveal trailer for Splatoon 3's Hero Mode on September 2021 Direct.[1] The song starts playing about 53 seconds in, after a static noise interrupting Clickbait. The song is more fast-paced than the one heard in-game.


  • This song could be considered the main theme of Return of the Mammalians, as it plays in the mode's reveal trailer and in the first level of Alterna.
  • This song samples parts of Tentacular Circus.
  • The song name is capitalized differently in the English localization of Splatoon 3, with the "O" in "Out" being uppercase, while it is lowercase in all other localizations, including in Splatune 3.


The title is a pun on the phrase 'nine out of ten', which is generally used as a high-up level on a scale, with the highest generally being 'ten out of ten'.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese Nine out of Tension
Netherlands Dutch Nine out of Tension
Canada and France French Nine out of Tension
Germany German Nine out of Tension
Italy Italian Nine out of Tension
Russia Russian Nine out of Tension
Spain Spanish Nine out of Tension
China Chinese Nine out of Tension
South Korea Korean Nine out of Tension
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