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Download the free Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere Demo Today

Thursday, 25. August 2022
Splatfest tutorial, character customisation, and team voting are already available now – the Splatfest main event starts on Saturday, 27th August at 10:00 CEST

Splatoon 3 launches for the Nintendo Switch family of consoles on 9th September, but players can already take an early first dive into the game by downloading the free demo right now via Nintendo eShop.

Splatoon 3’s newly updated Splatfest battles* will be introduced in the Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere on 27th August. Anyone who wants to start splatting can simply download the free demo in Nintendo eShop today and check out the tutorial. Then, they can take a stroll around Splatsville and get ready for the Splatfest on Saturday. When downloading the Splatfest World Premiere demo, players will also receive a code via email for a free 7-day trial of Nintendo Switch Online**.

Splatfest teams are chosen by answering the question ‘which is the best: Rock, Paper or Scissors?’ Teams then battle it out in Turf War, with every victory earning points for each of the three teams. Turf War is a heated four-on-four team battle mode where the goal for each team is to ink the most ground within three minutes.

The main event starts on 27th August. Between 10:00 CEST and 16:00 CEST, players claim their turf against one team at a time. Then, during the 16:00 CEST and 22:00 CEST block, they can take on the new Splatfest Tricolor Turf War battles, in which the leading team faces two players each from both other teams. This 4-v-2-v-2 format brings a new type of colourful chaos to Splatfests. After that, the results will be calculated and revealed on Sunday, 28th August at 16:00 CEST.

The free Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere demo can be downloaded now in Nintendo eShop. Players can check out the tutorial, character customisation and cast their team vote for Rock, Paper or Scissors before Splatoon 3’s first Splatfest starts on Saturday, 27th August at 10:00 CEST. In the first half of the Splatfest, two teams face each other in regular Turf War battles. Starting from 16:00 CEST, the winning team will face two players each of the two other teams in the new Tricolor battles.

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** The software download includes a code for a Nintendo Switch Online free 7-day trial. To ensure anyone can participate in the Splatfest World Premiere, this code can be used even if you’ve already used a free trial in the past. Trial codes will be distributed via email from 25th August and can be redeemed until 29th August, 2022. For customers using a Child Account to download the software, the email with the code will be sent to the email address registered for the Nintendo Account of their parent/guardian

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