Following the 3rd March release of Nintendo Switch – Nintendo’s most successful hardware launch in Europe ever – all European Nintendo Switch owners can get their first taste of Splatoon 2 multiplayer action this weekend and can prepare by downloading the free Splatoon 2 Global Testfire from Nintendo eShop, available now.

At certain times of day from 24-26th March, players will get to enjoy 4-on-4 online Turf Wars against fellow Inklings across two maps – The Reef and Mussleforge Fitness – as well as test out new weapons such as the Splat Dualies, and remixed versions of the iconic Splat Roller and Splat Charger.

The Global Testfire takes place at the following times:

Friday, 24th March
· 20:00pm – 20:59pm CET

Saturday, 25th March
· 4:00am – 4:59am CET
· 12:00pm – 12:59pm CET
· 20:00pm – 20:59pm CET

Sunday, 26th March
· 5:00am – 5:59am CEST*
· 13:00pm – 13:59pm CEST*

Splatoon 2 is the sequel to Nintendo’s hit family-friendly fun game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the Inklings return in a colourful and chaotic 4-vs-4 action shooter, suitable for players of all ages and skill levels.

Players can experience multiplayer thrills at home on their TV when the Nintendo Switch console is in its dock. Splatoon enthusiasts can brush up on their skills on the go by removing the console from its dock and playing in either handheld or tabletop mode. Both Joy-Con controllers and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller support gyro control, allowing for better aiming and enhanced control. New weapons and maps add tactical depth and provide new strategic options, making Splatoon 2 fresher than ever.

Stay tuned to the official Splatoon Facebook page for ongoing updates straight from the Squid Research Lab!

*Please note that from Sunday, March 26th, Europe will observe Central European Summer Time.