Via the Nintendo Direct earlier this morning, it was announced that a Splatoon demo will go live on the Wii U eShop and there will be “Testfire” events, as well. Over the next couple of days, there will be specialized online events in Turf War mode where players can test the upcoming Wii U exclusive. In addition, there will be game developers/testers playing in various matches; Inklings with lab coats signify these developers/testers are playing in your match.
To participate in these events, Wii U owners simply go to the eShop and download the Splatoon demo, then join online matches during one of the following dates and times.
5/8 8p.m. – 9p.m. PT
5/9 4a.m. – 5a.m. PT
5/9 Noon – 1p.m. PT
I recommend watching the Direct, since there was quite a bit of other new information: weapon types, sub weapons, special weapons, online matchmaking, Splatfest (a conquest-style mode), and the announcement of a big update in August are just a few items spoken about in the video. Will you be trying Splatoon out online? Splatoon releases on May 29.