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  • Prepare for summer with the free Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo event, starting March 24th


    Splatoon 2 comes to Nintendo Switch this summer and the Squid Research Lab is hard at work researching everything that’s new. So far we know there will be new maps, new weapons, new gear – and even a fresh spectator mode, which is definitely going to improve the current research process for the team (and reduce the dry-cleaning bills).


    Anyway! On to the important topic of the day: there’s going to be a free Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo event starting on March 24th at 19:00 GMT! There will be six sessions over the weekend, each an hour long (well, 59 minutes, really) so you can enjoy a maximum of 6 hours of 4-on-4 online Turf War action in Splatoon 2 (well, 5 hours and 54 minutes, really). All you need is Nintendo Switch and a broadband internet connection to take part. Simply head to Nintendo eShop and download* the free demo – or head to the Splatoon 2 gamepage, log in using your Nintendo Account, then click “Download Demo”**.

    Here’s the full timetable:

    Friday 24th March

    • 19:00 - 19:59 GMT

    Saturday 25th March

    • 03:00 - 03:59 GMT
    • 11:00 - 11:59 GMT
    • 19:00 - 19:59 GMT

    Sunday 26th March

    • 04:00 - 04:59 BST
    • 12:00 - 12:59 BST

    Don’t forget to change the clocks on the Sunday morning. Summer time is coming!

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    Wondering what Splatoon 2 even is? Check out the gamepage for more information and the official Splatoon Facebook page, where the Squid Research Lab publishes its research findings.

    *Internet connection required during "online" play. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement and Privacy Policy are required. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online subscription.

    **To be able to purchase download games or download demos and free software from Nintendo eShop on the official website, you'll need to have a Nintendo Account which is linked to your Nintendo Switch console. You'll need to have your console registered as the active console for downloads for your Nintendo Account by visiting Nintendo eShop on the device you wish to download on at least once. For automatic download, your system must be updated and connected to the internet with automatic downloads enabled, and it must have enough storage to complete the download. To find out more, visit our Support section. Purchases made or demo downloads activated through the Nintendo website are processed via Nintendo eShop.