Nintendo will be holding a series of hour-long network tests for their upcoming third-person shooter Splatoon this weekend.
The Global Testfire demo is available to download from the Wii U eShop today, and allows players to take part in scheduled network tests at 1pm and 11pm on Saturday, May 9, and at 7am on Sunday, May 10 (NZ time). During these times, players will be able to take part in four-on-four Turf War battles, and anyone who downloads the demo will be able to get a 10 per cent discount on the download version of Splatoon between May 30 and June 4.
Nintendo announced the deal during its Splatoon-focused Direct live stream this morning, along with the news the game will be supported with free post-launch content.
At release, there will be five maps – Urchin Underpass, Saltspray Rig, Walleye Warehouse, Blackbelly Skatepark, and Arowana Mall, but new stages will be added “every few weeks”. Further updates will add more Ranked Battle modes, new matchmaking functions that allow players to form groups with friends before queueing and create private matches, and new weapons.
Nintendo also announced it will be holding Splatfest themed events that “ask players to ponder the answer to simple questions such as… Do you prefer dogs or cats?” The event then teams up players based on their responses and pit them against one another. The first Splatfest takes place on June 28, and asks players to choose between rock and pop music.
Splatoon is exclusive to Wii U, and comes out on May 30. A console bundle will also be available, as will amiibo figurines for the game. The full Nintendo Direct presentation can be seen below.