Nintendo Switch Owners Can Participate in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Preview this March

Nintendo announced the news directly to their fans on their official YouTube channel. 


One of the best new Nintendo franchises to come from Nintendo Wii U was Splatoon, and it is no surprise that Splatoon 2 will be coming out on Nintendo Switch this summer. The adorable squidlings will be back in business soon enough, but impatient Nintendo fans will be able to get a chance to play the game during the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Preview event from March 24-26.

A special demo version of Splatoon 2 will be available for download on Nintendo Switch and will allow players to battle against opponents around the world in the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event. It’s a way for everyone to investigate the latest in cephalopod warfare months before the game launches. The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will give Nintendo Switch owners six chances to play with other owners worldwide during the three-day event. 

Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Preview Schedule

March 24: 12-12:59pm PT 8-8:59pm PT

March 25: 4-4:59am PT 12-12:59pm PT 8-8:59pm PT

March 26: 4-4:59am PT

The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire preview will be similar to what’s being offered on the Nintendo Switch Preview Tour. Players will be able to test four different main weapons, including the new Splat Dualies, as well as remixed versions of the iconic Splat Roller and Splat Charger. I tried out the demo at the Nintendo Switch press event in New York City and shared my opinions on our Shacknews Twitch Live Stream. 

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I had an enjoyable experience with Splatoon 2 at the New York City press event. The game has the same delightful art-style and deep gameplay mechanics that Nintendo fans are accustomed to. The new weapons and maps definitely add a new level of strategy to the game and being able to play it on the go with the Switch undocked is going to be amazing. Check out this Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch gameplay footage we captured at the NYC press event.

For more videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the Shacknews and YouTube channels.

Nintendo Wii U owners most likely already know what to expect from Splatoon 2, but many gamers have yet to experience the game franchise. Hopefully the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will be able to catch everyone's attention when the preview event begins on March 24.


Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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      February 12, 2017 1:48 AM

      Sweet! Looking forward to this.

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      February 12, 2017 6:22 AM


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      February 12, 2017 6:28 AM

      This is also a positive sign that Nintendo is serious about trying to get their network services right if they are running tests like this.

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        February 12, 2017 2:40 PM

        They did that with the original as well, hardly had any issues with the Splatoon Network connection.

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      February 12, 2017 6:35 AM

      Daang! That's some really awesome news, can't wait to get my hands on Splatoon 2.

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      February 12, 2017 6:54 AM


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      February 12, 2017 8:47 AM

      UNF! I just splatoon'd in my pants. this will be a great way for them to test out multiplayer servers and get them tuned for launch.

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        February 12, 2017 12:20 PM

        damn it, you already made the joke. I quit.

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          February 12, 2017 12:48 PM

          Why don't you two share and splatoon in the same pair of pants.

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            February 12, 2017 1:25 PM

            there's plenty of room for 2 in here

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      February 12, 2017 12:19 PM

      I just participated in a testfire in my pants.

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      February 12, 2017 12:21 PM

      It's nice to go from a launch upon announcement that looks somewhat sparse (but fine for me anyway) to a bunch of indies launching within the window and then this. Seems like things are accelerating.

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      February 12, 2017 12:50 PM

      That's way sooner than I expected. Maybe they'll hit June or July for release then. Whenever I hear a broad term like "summer" I just assume they mean the last day of August.

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      February 12, 2017 1:54 PM

      I guess the one hour windows are to allow tweaking of the network.

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