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Splatoon 2 Testfire Weekend

Are they kids or squids?

Sometime this Spring, the massive Wii U hit Splatoon is getting a sequel. If you were a fan of the original, and own the new Nintendo Switch, this is going to be a great weekend for you! The beta for Splatoon 2 multiplayer will be active during various time-slots to allow Nintendo to test its servers. So far, only one window has passed and as I type this the second window is less than an hour away. There is a handy chart showing the play times in all time zones attached to the bottom of this post.
This is me getting brutally inked in the face.

During the first test window earlier today, I got a pretty decent feel for the multiplayer. Starting the test-fire app for the first time will prompt a brief tutorial to begin which lasts about thirty seconds. Next you are able to select from a variety of weapons to battle with, including a new weapon called the Splat Dualies. After the actual game is released, there will be a phone app allowing voice chat.

One thing I did NOT like was the gyroscope functionality of the the controller. Whenever you enter your first match, you must tilt the controller in order to look up and down. After a bit of trial and error I actually discovered that you can disable this function on the weapon select screen by pressing the + button on your Switch and toggling the gyroscope controls to off.

Want to give the Splatoon 2 beta a try? Head to the eStore and download the test-fire app. Occasionally the servers may fail and boot you out, but after all- this is a beta test so try not to get frustrated. The next window opens soon and you won't want to miss any opportunity to play!


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