If you missed the first Splatoon Global Testfire then have no fear! There are still a couple more for you to play, but also Nintendo Treehouse got you covered with a video of them playing the first Global Testfire along with you guys, as part of the Squid Research Lab team. If you can’t make any of the slots then take a look at some actual gameplay of the highly anticipated Splatoon game, and judging from people’s reactions, it’s pretty awesome. What do you think to the Splatoon Global Testfire? We only have to wait until it releases at the end of the month on May 28th/29th to play it fully!
The Splatoon beta/demo is available now to download from the Wii U eShop. We’ve found out that the full version will be available for pre-purchase and will set American consumers back $59.99. This could of course change as we get nearer to release. Those who have downloaded the demo have noticed that the game will include some sort of product placement and advertising. Guess we shall have to wait and find out exactly how this is going to work.
Are you a budding Inkling wishing to whet your tentacles before the launch of Splatoon on 29th May? Announced as part of a squid-dedicated Nintendo Direct, a free Splatoon Global Testfire demo is available to download from Nintendo eShop for Wii U from 16:00 BST today, enabling any Wii U user with a broadband internet connection to play – at specified time periods – up to 3 hours of 4-on-4 online Turf War battles on Saturday 9th May only!
Splatoon is a wild new game from Nintendo that combines the creative and family-friendly fun Nintendo is known for with ink-spraying, turf-claiming action. Just like Mario Kart changed the way family and friends play racing games together, Splatoon welcomes players of all ages and skill levels to the world of the action shooter.
In the game, players take on the role of the Inklings, customisable characters that can transform into squids at the touch of a button. After splatting opponents and covering a level with colourful ink, players can transform into squids and swim quickly through their own ink or use it to take cover and hide from enemies.
Among a splash of new updates delivered by the team at the so-called Squid Research Lab during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, Splatoon users can look out for a raft of free post-launch content coming their way after 29th May, with the release of new stages, weapons, gear and modes that will continuously evolve the gameplay experience.
- Global Testfire demo UK: Participants can download the free demo from Nintendo eShop for Wii U from 17:00 CEST today. This demo will then go live for 1-hour periods at the following times on Saturday 9th May: 04:00 BST, 12:00 BST and 20:00 BST. When live, users will get the chance to jump online and play in 4-on-4 Turf War battles against other players from across the world, including representatives of Nintendo’s Squid Research Lab! Players who download the demo can also claim a 10% discount off the price of Splatoon on Nintendo eShop*, with the offer starting on 29th May and lasting until 4th June.
- Global Testfire US: Wii U owners with a broadband Internet connection can now download from the Nintendo eShop a free special demo, which will enable them to participate in four-on-four Turf War battles in several one-hour demo events set at optimal times for global play. The first Testfire event is scheduled for 8-9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, May 8, with additional opportunities on Saturday, May 9, at both 4-5 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. During the first one-hour demo event, Nintendo will be broadcasting a live stream hosted by game experts from Nintendo’s Treehouse as they play against other Testfire participants.
- 4-on-4 online action: When the game launches on 29th May, players will need to think strategically when participating in online matches. Two stages are refreshed every four hours with an official announcement in-game to sound the changes, meaning players will have to carefully consider weapons and tactics for the stages that lie in wait. Different weapons work better in different stages, so players will discover depth in the weaponry as they focus their strategies on different 2-stage pairings. After each 4-on-4 match, players are randomly reshuffled to form new teams, so sometimes players will be working with their friends and other times they’ll be looking to take them down!
- Free post-launch content: Five stages available from launch – Urchin Underpass, Saltspray Rig, Walleye Warehouse, Blackbelly Skatepark and Arowana Mall – will get players off to a flying start, but new stages are set to be introduced every few weeks that require even more skill to master. As additional free post-launch content, players can also look forward to experiencing new weapons, as well as a Ranked Battle mode ominously named Tower Control. A major game update event in August will add further friend matchmaking functionality to enable 4 players to form a team and battle against other teams, as well as functionality to create private 8-player matches with just friends. Also coming in August is a mysterious third Ranked Battle mode, Rainmaker, a whole new line of items to spruce up a player’s battle appearance, plus more!
- Splatfests: Themed events called Splatfest will ask players from all over Europe to ponder the answer to simple questions such as… Do you prefer dogs or cats? Players must then choose a side and represent their side during Splatfest! These events will have their own ranking system, and based on a player’s overall rank, a valuable item called a “Super Sea Snail” may even be received once the event has ended, helping to freshen up your gear. Prepare for the first Splatfest on 27th June, with the theme being…Which music do you prefer: rock or pop? For this first Splatfest, Super Sea Snails all round to the winning side!
If you’re in Europe you will be interested to know that Nintendo will be releasing a Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Special Demo. The playable demo will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on Thursday and is bound to be pretty fun. You can read more about it, below.
Discover the puzzle-action game sensation with this free demo, which features a whole stage from Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and has two difficulty levels and a variety of team set-ups to try. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition is a two-game-in-one package. Puzzle & Dragons Z combines the elements of a deep and strategic puzzle game, a dungeon-crawling RPG and a monster-collecting adventure. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition offers the same deep puzzle gameplay, presented in the Super Mario Bros. universe. Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition releases on 8thMay.
Those of you in Japan are in luck as Rodea The Sky Soldier by Prope and Kadokawa Games has received its first playable demo. As you can see from the footage this is the Nintendo 3DS version, but there’s also a Wii U and a Wii version. The Wii version comes pre-bundled with the Wii U edition of the game. Rodea The Sky Soldier was the vision of Sonic and Nights creator, Yuji Naka.
Retailers have apparently begun handing out the Code Name STEAM cards. The cards are apparently being given out at various GameStop stores and contain a special demo code for the game on the back. Presumably the demo code is for the same demo that’s currently available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Next time you’re at your local store you may want to see if you can pick one up.
Haven’t got round to downloading the Code Name STEAM demo that’s currently available on the European and North American eShop? Well thankfully NintenDaan has captured roughly 30 minutes of what you can expect from the recently released demo. As I mentioned before the demo is 1871 blocks. If you’ve got a chance then I’d certainly recommend giving it a good play through before the game launches in the United States in March.