Anyone with a Switch will be able to try out demo Splatoon 2 during a “Global Testfire” event in March. At specific times on March 24-26th, players will be able to test out new weapons, play new maps, and overall get a taste of what the full game will be like. Nintendo has also confirmed that Spectator Mode will be added to Splatoon 2, allowing two non-players the ability to spectate a private match, which Nintendo suspects will be ideal for live-streaming matches. In addition to local wireless, the ability to host games over LAN will also be added in Splatoon 2, which should make for much easier tournament and LAN party setups.

Players will be able to test out four different weapons during the Global Testfire, including the Splat Dualies, Splat Roller, and Splat Charger. You’ll need internet access, of course, but once that’s covered you’ll have six chances to test out the game during the three day period. According to Nintendo, there will be several features that will not be available during the demo, but exactly what they are remains unknown. Nintendo has also yet to release a date when players can download the demo, but they promise that information is coming soon. The times include:

March 24

• 12-12:59 p.m. PT / 3-3:59 p.m. ET

• 8-8:59 p.m. PT / 11-11:59 p.m. ET

March 25

• 4-4:59 a.m. PT / 7-7:59 a.m. ET

• 12-12:59 p.m. PT / 3-3:59 p.m. ET

• 8-8:59 p.m. PT / 11-11:59 p.m. ET

March 26

• 4-4:59 a.m. PT / 7-7:59 a.m. ET

Spectator Mode will allow the two non-players to change through multiple viewpoints, including individual players and an overall view of the map. A person could control the camera for better live-stream coverage, instead of focusing on one player’s viewpoint. I suspect we will see this feature being used a lot during live streams, especially larger events. Thankfully, this feature is only available in Private matches, so it is unlikely we will see cheaters attempt to use the feature in online play. LAN Play allows up to 10 systems to be connected, eight players and two spectators, via a wired LAN connection, no Internet connection required. This would be ideal for any situation where network interruptions are undesirable, like tournaments.

And finally, Nintendo finally revealed more details on the previously unnamed level seen in some of the trailers. Called “Musselforge Fitness” in the English version, the map features everything we saw in the trailers, including a pool, climbing walls, and cardio equipment.

Are you planning on participating in the Global Testfire? Let us know in the comments!

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