Are you a Kid, but not quite sure you’re also a Squid? Now’s your chance to find out!
On March 19, Switch owners who haven’t purchased Splatoon 2 will gain access to a special demo of the game coupled with a free trial of the Nintendo Online subscription service. This allows new players a chance to try every feature of the game before committing to the full purchase price.
Once you download the demo, Nintendo will email you a code that can be redeemed for 7 days of free online service, which is required to compete in online matches or cooperative play in Splatoon 2. The demo gives access to all of the major game modes, from 4v4 Turf Wars to Ranked matches to the cooperative Salmon Rush mode. Demo players can team up and play with friends who already own the full version of the game.
If at any point during or after your 7-day trial you discover that Splatoon 2 filled the inky hole in your heart, Nintendo is offering a 20 percent discount on the digital version of the game. Your progress from the demo, including competitive levels and gear, will transfer over in full. However, you will need to pay for a standard Nintendo Online subscription to continue playing online.
Splatoon 2 launched in July 2017, well before the Nintendo Online service was full implemented. During that time, Inklings could splat to their hearts’ content without any online subscription. That ended last September, when the full rollout cordoned all previous and future online capabilities behind the monthly subscription. This special deal likely wants to inject new life into both the service and Splatoon 2, and we have to admit it’s a cherry of an offer.
Even if you don’t end up purchasing the game, Splatoon 2 is one of the best and most inventive cooperative shooters in the market, made all the more intriguing as a flagship Nintendo IP. Give it an honest shot, and you might be yelling “Woomy!” all the way to the top of the leaderboards.