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Splatoon 2 Global Testfire coming to Nintendo Switch in March

Published by Jack Taylor     February 13, 2017     15:11 UTC

The first Global Testfire event for Splatoon 2 will be available to Nintendo Switch owners in March, as Nintendo reveals new details about its online and competitive aspects.

Fans of Splatoon will remember that the game had several Global Testfire events - including one before it launched - giving Wii U owners the opportunity to try the game online with other fans at certain times, providing a very unique kind of demo experience.

Nintendo Switch will get the same treatment - in its first month on sale, no less - as the first Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will run from 24 to 26 March, despite the game not launching until this summer.

The times will vary by region, but for the United Kingdom, the start times are below, with each session lasting one hour:

  • Friday 24 March - 21:00 GMT
  • Saturday 25 March - 03:00, 11:00, and 19:00 GMT
  • Sunday 26 March - 04:00 and 12:00 BST

In Europe, the above times will apply one hour later (for example, the session starting at 21:00 in the UK will start at 22:00 in Europe).

Four weapons will be available during the Global Testfire, including new versions of the Splat Roller and Splat Charger, alongside the brand-new Splat Dualies.

Nintendo has also announced new information about Splatoon 2, including:

  • LAN Play - players will be able to connect up to 10 docked Nintendo Switch consoles via wired LAN for tournament play, while up to 8 consoles can connect via local wireless connection as well.
  • Private Battle Spectator View - up to two people will be able to 'join' private battles as camera controllers, allowing fans who broadcast online to add their own commentary to battles.
  • amiibo - existing Splatoon series amiibo will be compatible with Splatoon 2, though further detals have yet to be confirmed.
  • Online play app - the upcoming Nintendo Switch app for smart devices will connect to Splatoon 2 and enable players to set up play appointments wth others, match up with friends, and use voice chat during battles. Once a battle starts, the app will automatically block out members of the opposing team, so that only team members can converse and safely set up their strategies.

Splatoon 2 launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this summer.

Source: Nintendo UK