Nintendo will host a Splatoon open beta tonight and tomorrow

Nintendo’s newest Splatoon commercial is so sugary sweet that I wouldn’t be surprised if it sends a few viewers into shock. But the whole thing is also so aggressively adorable that you can’t help but giggle in appreciation. Splatoon is being positioned as the anti-Call of Duty and Nintendo is clearly having a ball with how ridiculous it is.

If you wanted to test out Splatoon before its May 29 launch, you’re in luck. Nintendo has announced plans to hold an open beta test (excuse me, a “Global Testfire”) for Splatoon tomorrow. Players can download the demo version now and join one or all of the three demo tests scheduled for tonight and tomorrow:

  • Friday, May 8: 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM (Eastern Time)
  • Saturday, May 9: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM (Eastern Time)
  • Saturday, May 9: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Nintendo also announced that Splatoon will receive a variety of post-launch content all Summer long including new Turf War stages, weapons, battle modes, and gear. These updates will be supplemented by community events known as Splatfests. During a Splatfest, Splatoon players will join a side (For example, do you prefer cats or dogs?) and then blast the other side in online matchups. The first Splatfest will be held on June 20.

Once again, Splatoon will be available in stores exclusively for the Wii U on May 29.

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