Splatoon 2, the cartoonish online (ink) shooter for Nintendo Switch, is getting a free “Special Demo.” Nintendo announced Monday that the demo is available to download at the eShop now, with access to the game starting at 7 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 19. It will last one week, ending on Monday, March 25.
The demo grants access to four game modes: four-on-four Turf War battles, the “classic” mode where teams compete to cover the largest area of the battlefield with their neon ink; Salmon Run, a co-op battle against the evil Salmonids; and competitive League and Ranked Battles. It does not appear that the single-player story mode will be available in the demo.
Since a Nintendo Switch Online account is required to participate in online ink battles, Nintendo is providing Splatoon 2 players free access to the service during the demo period, even if they’ve previously redeemed a Switch Online trial. After downloading the demo, a Switch Online code will be delivered via email. It can be redeemed immediately, but it won’t activate until the demo goes live.
Of course, Nintendo hopes that players will get hooked on the demo and then go out and buy the game. To sweeten the pot further, Splatoon 2 will be 20 percent off at the Switch eShop while the demo is active, bringing the price down to $47.99. Though that’s not the lowest price we’ve seen on Splatoon 2, it’s not too shabby for a first-party Switch game. Plus, any progress made during the demo will carry over after purchase.