When Can You Play Nintendo's Free Game Trial of Splatoon 2?

Looking forward to checking out Splatoon 2? You'll be able to get a taste of what's on offer soon enough!


Splatoon 2 is bubbling up to the surface on July 21 for the Nintendo Switch, and that's a few weeks away. But you don't have to wait that long to hook the game for your very own time with the game. There's going to be a special Splatoon 2 Splatfest going on ahead of the game's release, and several limited-time Splatfests are coming over the next two years as well. When can you play Splatoon 2 by way of a free demo Splatfest? Very, very soon in fact. If you're jonesing for more Splatoon, here's when you can tackle the upcoming free demo.

When can I play Splatoon 2's upcoming demo?

The first free Splatfest for Splatoon 2 will launch on July 15 and will run from 3 PM to 7 PM PT, OR 6 PM to 9 PM ET.

How do I access Splatoon 2's Splatfest?

You can download the free demo available via the Nintendo eShop right now if you're so inclined to get ready for the Splatfest. You'll have to decide whether you prefer ice cream or cake and cast your vote as to which dessert is better, which will be determined during the Splatfest. Once you've downloaded the demo, which is available starting later today, you can vote for your favorite team and head to the mailbox in-game to make drawings and share other messages in support of your team.

What else do I need to know?

So, remember: Splatoon 2 launches on July 21, but you can download the Splatfest demo ahead of time and get settled into a team. Then when July 15 rolls around, you'll be ready to go. The most important question still remains: Are you a kid or a squid now? It's an age-old question we may never answer.

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