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Nintendo Switch users can test out ‘Splatoon 2’

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Nintendo will be offering a free preview of “Splatoon 2” for Switch users next month. The company confirmed today that anyone who buys the Nintendo Switch will be able to participate in a special Splatoon 2 preview if they have internet access. Players can download a demo version of the game that will allow them to battle against opponents around the world in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event. Nintendo stated that the demo is “a way for everyone to investigate the latest in cephalopod warfare months before the game launches”.

In addition to the Testfire event, Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami also confirmed a new way for players to follow the action when the game launches later in the year – a mode that will give players a unique insight into squid behaviors and strategy called Private Battle Spectator View. This new mode will allow up to two non-players to participate in a Private Battle as camera operators to observe all the action from multiple angles. Fans of the franchise can pre-order Splatoon 2 through authorized retailers like Amazon.com.

The game will also feature LAN Play, allowing up to 10 docked systems – eight players and two spectators – to connect via wired LAN. This feature allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an internet connection. Local wireless play is perfect for your regular gaming get-togethers, but LAN Play is where it’s at when you want to organize a serious tournament event with your fellow players.

“Two years have passed in this universe since the original Splatoon, and since then, the weapons, maps and characters have evolved. Through the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event this March, players will be able to get a taste of that. There will be more new features to experience in Splatoon 2, so please look forward to more reveals in the future,” noted Mr. Nogami.

The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will give Nintendo Switch owners six chances to play with other owners worldwide during the three-day event. The Global Testfire will allow players to test four different main weapons, including the new Splat Dualies, as well as remixed versions of the iconic Splat Roller and Splat Charger.

Nintendo also confirmed that Splatoon 2 will be compatible with Splatoon series amiibo figures and, for the first time in the series, with an upcoming Nintendo Switch app for smart devices that enhances online play. This app will connect to the game and allow players to set play appointments with friends and teammates who have been added to their Nintendo Switch friend list or via their social media accounts. It also allows players to match up with those friends directly in the game or voice chat with them via their smart device. For example, during a Private Battle, players can voice chat with all of their connected friends when they divide into teams, but once teams are set, voice chat is switched to communication only between teammates on the same team.

In order to use this app, players need to link their Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch system and have a smart device capable of in-game voice chat. Online features will require a paid subscription. Data fees may apply. More details will be announced at a later date.

Nintendo Switch launches March 3 at a suggested retail price of $299.99 and you can set up alerts to find one at sites like Amazon.com, while Splatoon 2 is scheduled to launch this summer.