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Splatoon 2 Is Getting A Demo With Free Online Trial, 20% Off Full Game

If you’re not among the roughly 8 million* owners worldwide that have already jumped into the deep end to enjoy the ink-splattering fun of Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has a whale of a deal to help you test the waters. Players with an internet connection** and a Nintendo Switch Online membership can join in the Splatoon 2 Special Demo between 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 19, and 6:59 a.m. PT on Monday, March 25.

That means you’ll get to check out 4-on-4 Turf War battles as well as Salmon Run, League Battle and Ranked Battle modes online with your friends and other players who own the full game. Cover the turf with your team’s colorful ink, customize your look with different weapons and apparel, and splat your enemies in an all-out ink-stravaganza!

The Splatoon 2 Special Demo is available starting today in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. After downloading it, you’ll receive an email with a Nintendo eShop code to activate a seven-day free trial*** for Nintendo Switch Online. You can use the code even if you’ve had a previous free trial.

If the free demo makes you happy as a clam and you want to buy the full Splatoon 2 game, you’ll get a 20 percent discount if you buy it via Nintendo eShop during the demo period. As an extra bonus, you’ll even be able to transfer your demo progress over.

For more information about the Splatoon 2 Special Demo, visit Fans looking to pick up battle tips or cheer on North America’s top competitors can watch the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 on March 30. Visit for more information and the live broadcast.

*This is an approximate number and is based on Nintendo’s internal sales figures as of Dec. 31, 2018.

**Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online play. Free trial automatically converts to 1-month auto-renewing membership unless automatic renewal is turned off by the end of the free trial. Credit card/PayPal account required for 18+. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.

***Free trial can be redeemed as soon as received via email but will not be activated until the beginning of the demo period. The code will expire on 3/25 at 7:00am PT.

Source: Nintendo of America

9 thoughts on “Splatoon 2 Is Getting A Demo With Free Online Trial, 20% Off Full Game”

    1. Ooooor maybe this is just how you boost sales on a 2 year old game when you don’t have new content? Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege do it all the time lmao. If anything I think this is an indication of Splatoon 2 having a healthy life-cycle. You don’t see free trials for, say, ARMS or Mario Tennis Aces because Nintendo clearly gave up on those already.

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  2. A true free online trial? Meaning users who get this could use it for something else.. that be pretty sweet if true!
    Also by buying this game, you now only have to pay like half price.. maybe a bit less if you get gold coins!
    Do it, so you can enjoy super mario maker online!

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