Splatoon 2 Demo Week Lets You Try the Calamari (and Nintendo Switch Online) Before You Buy

Splatoon 2 Demo Week Lets You Try the Calamari (and Nintendo Switch Online) Before You Buy

If you're curious about Splatoon 2, this is a great week to surrender your bones.

Calling all aspiring Squid-Kids. Starting this week, Nintendo is hosting a special Splatoon 2 demo event that lets you download a free demo of Splatoon 2 as well as a week-long trial of Nintendo Switch Online. It's an ideal promotion if you love Splatoon 2 and want to introduce some friends to the game. Friends that splat together stay together. Er, moving on.

The demo event starts on March 19 at 7 a.m. PT and continues until March 25 at 6:59 P.T. The demo edition of Splatoon 2 includes Regular Battles, Ranked Battles (once you reach level 10), and the part-time hellscape of Salmon Run. Demo players can play with owners of the full game, so if you're a Splatoon 2 veteran, here's your chance to hit-and-run some n00bs with your Roller. Just kidding. Play nice.

If you're new to Splatoon 2 and you like what you play, you can purchase the full version of the game at a 20 percent discount from March 19 through March 28. Here at USG, we love us some Splatoon. Caty gave Splatoon 2 high marks and praised the (hard as hell) Octo Expansion.

There's simply no other property like Splatoon. It carries a highly unique style, takes place in a surprisingly intriguing universe, and its team turf-based mechanic is very compelling even if you're not a fan of multiplayer shooters. It's also had a lot of time to build itself up with new stages and new content. If you're Splatoon-curious, you're definitely going to want to take advantage of this promotion.

Nintendo Switch Online is a bit of a harder sell since it's not as stable as it should be, especially with major online releases (there were problems galore when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate first dropped). Still, the price is very good, and the list of included retro game downloads keeps growing.

If you're new to Splatoon 2 or you just need a little brushing-up on your skills, so to speak, we have tons of Splatoon 2 guides, hints, and tips for you to study.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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