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  • Prepare for the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire – download the software now!


    It’s almost time. The free Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo event kicks off Friday 24th March on Nintendo Switch, and you can prepare yourselves right now by downloading* the necessary software from Nintendo eShop. You can even download it directly to your system from the Splatoon 2 gamepage**.

    Alright, we understand you may have some questions. Not to worry, we’re here to provide the answers you crave.

    What do I need to take part in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo event?

    First things first, you’ll need a Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s new home gaming console that allows you to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the train. You’ll also need a wireless (or wired if that’s what you’re into) internet connection and a Nintendo Account.

    What is a Nintendo Account?

    It’s an account you have with Nintendo. You need it to download and play the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire.

    How do I create a Nintendo Account?

    Oh it’s easy. You can create one from scratch using an email address, or you can use Facebook, Twitter or Google. You just go to the Create a Nintendo Account page and follow the instructions.

    When can I take part in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo event?

    Here’s the full timetable. Watch out for the sneaky clocks changing on the Sunday morning.


    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

    Which maps will be playable?!

    You’ll be able to take part in 4-on-4 Turf War action in Musselforge Fitness and The Reef during the Global Testfire and you’ll be able to try out four different main weapons, including the incredible Splat Dualies, as well as remixed versions of the trusty Splattershot, Splat Roller and Splat Charger. Ah Splat Roller, where would we be without you?

    What’s the best way to play the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire demo event?

    It’s entirely up to you! You can play it in TV mode of course, but you can splat in tabletop or handheld mode if someone decides it’s time to hog the TV.

    When is Splatoon 2 arriving on Nintendo Switch?

    This summer!

    Check out the Splatoon 2 gamepage for more information about the game and be sure to check in on the Splatoon Facebook page, where the Squid Research Lab publishes its findings.

    See you during the Global Testfire, Inklings! Stay fresh and all that.

    *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. A free trial of the online subscription service is available until autumn 2017.

    **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.