Free multiplayer event will run from March 24 to 26, but only for one-hour windows
Nintendo is holding a special global "test fire" event this coming weekend so that Switch owners can try a little Splatoon 2 multiplayer before the game launches this summer. However, unlike most multiplayer betas that operate over an entire weekend, Nintendo is being unusually particular about the times you'll be able to play.
Once you've downloaded the free Splatoon 2 demo from the Nintendo eShop on Switch (you can go do that now if you haven't spotted it already) there are six one hour slots spread over three days when you'll be able to get your ink on. Two on Friday, three on Saturday and one on Sunday.
March 24: 12-12:59 p.m. PT
March 24: 8-8:59 p.m. PT
March 25: 4-4:59 a.m. PT
March 25: 12-12:59 p.m. PT
March 25: 8-8:59 p.m. PT
March 26: 4-4:59 a.m. PT
Nintendo promises it will give players the chance to try the new Splat Dualies weapon type, as well as the opportunity to check out the tweaks made to the original Splat Roller and Splat Charger, both of which it describes as having been "remixed."
If you're new to Splatoon then just think of it as super aggressive graffiti, the aim is to conquer the map by spraying it and your competitors with colored ink. The original game arrived on Wii U in 2015 and was one of the few big hits for the system. In Japan you can even go and watch hologram versions of the game's announcers, the Squid Sisters, performing live.