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  • Find out what stages and weapons will be available in the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere demo!


    The Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere takes place this Saturday July 15th from 17:00 BST until 21:00 BST, and your dessert needs you!

    This free demo* is available to anyone with a Nintendo Switch, an internet connection, and a Nintendo Account, all you need to do is hop onto Nintendo eShop to download the demo. You can even download it directly to your system from the Splatoon 2 gamepage**. Need a Nintendo Account? No problem. Just head to the Create a Nintendo Account page and follow the instructions.

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    Throughout the four hours that the Splatfest is live the outcome of every Turf War will contribute to the overall success of either Ice Cream or Cake as the superior sweet. Given the importance of such a debate you’ll want to get as much intel as possible before you Super Jump into battle, which is why we’re pleased to announce both the map rotation for the Splatfest, and what weapons you’ll be able to get your tentacles on! The details are as follows:

    Map Rotation

    • 17:00 – 19:00: Starfish Mainstage + Inkblot Art Academy
    • 19:00 – 21:00: Moray Towers + Humpback Pump Track

    Available Weapons

    • Set 1
      • Main Weapon: Tentatek Splattershot
      • Sub-Weapon: Splat Bomb
      • Special Weapon: Inkjet
    • Set 2
      • Main Weapon: Splat Roller
      • Sub-Weapon: Curling Bomb
      • Special Weapon: Splashdown
    • Set 3
      • Main Weapon: Splat Charger
      • Sub-Weapon: Splat Bomb
      • Special Weapon: Sting Ray
    • Set 4
      • Main Weapon: Splat Dualies
      • Sub-Weapon: Burst Bomb
      • Special Weapon: Tenta Missiles

    Now that you know where you’ll be and what you’ll be splatting with, here are our top five tips to help you put your freshest foot forward and give your chosen dessert the best representation you can!

    Top 5 Tips to hit the ink swimming

    1. Mark your territory

    The classic Turf Wars of Splatoon are a battle to see which team can cover more of the floor with their team’s colour of ink than the other. With this in mind, as tempting as it can be to charge towards the middle of a stage to engage the opposing Inklings as soon as possible, you should try to cover as much of the floor on your side of the map as possible and then push forward as team! Just watch out for sneaky Inklings trying to slip past your lines…

    2. Use your ink

    With your territory clearly marked you’ll be able to get around much quicker by using the ZL Button to turn into a squid. Being a squid lets you swim through your own colour of ink, and doing this refills your Ink Tank meaning you’re ready to get splatting again as soon as possible. Ink and squid, ink and squid. Work to this mantra and you’ll be covering turf quickly in no time.


    3. Know your weapon

    All four weapons in the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere have their own advantages and disadvantages, and you should get used to the range and abilities of each one. The Splat Roller will do well between 17:00 BST and 19:00 BST, for instance, as the maps in rotation are more enclosed with plenty of obstacles. On the other hand the Splat Charger, with its impressive range, will help much more in the stages in rotation from 19:00 BST to 21:00 BST, as both Moray Towers and Humpback Pump Truck have more open lines of sight. Ultimately, however, it’s about using what you’re comfortable with, and learning how to make the most of your favourite weapon!

    4. Use everything at your disposal

    Alongside your main weapon you also have access to a Sub-Weapon and a Special Weapon as part of the available loadouts. Your Sub-Weapon can be thrown with the R Button, and the bombs available in the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere are very good at forcing enemy Inklings to move due to their big blast radius. Special weapons, meanwhile, charge as you cover turf, and you can see when your Special Weapon is charged by the gauge seen on the top right of the screen. Special Weapons vary in function, but often allow you to turn the tables against the opposing team with huge waves of ink! Just be careful, you aren’t invincible while using them…

    5. Have an Escape Plan

    In Turf War the goal is to cover the floor in your own colour of ink – splatting opponents will help but won’t guarantee a win, so don’t feel obliged to engage every enemy Inkling you meet. Knowing where you’ve spread ink, and thus where you can quickly escape in Squid form, could help you if an opponent surprises you, or if there are too many enemy Inklings to deal with! Remember, getting splatted not only knocks you out ofthe game temporarily, it also reduces your Special Weapon charge, so staying alive is a very crucial consideration for a cephalopod!

    We hope these five tips help in your dessert defence in the Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere! Happy splatting and remember, stay fresh!

    Splatoon 2 launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch on July 21st. You can discover more about the upcoming release at the official Splatoon 2 website and check out the Splatoon Facebook page where we’ll be publishing more updates.

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