When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a decent...
Splatoon Global Backfire
Update: Surprisingly, servers re-opened shortly after the session was due to close, with connection issues initially intermittent before performance improved to near-perfect levels. Nintendo formally extended the session to 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am UK / 2am CET, with that extra hour largely running as smoothly as the...
The actual last hurrah
We thought the last Splatoon Global Testfire would be on 9th May, but Nintendo is treating us to one more session with the colourful shooter before launch. We've embedded a guide to the demo and will be blogging and chatting live. Let the splatting begin#Splatoon
One more session before launch
Splatoon is creeping ever closer, but Nintendo is giving everyone one more chance to try out online matches for free. If you missed the news last week, here's a reminder. The final one hour Splatoon Global Testfire is on Saturday 23rd May at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern / 11pm UK / midnight CET; not great times for those...
Twin-stick it to the man
One of the more divisive aspects of Nintendo's upcoming ink-em-up Splatoon is the integration of motion controls into the core gameplay. Considering shooters have been comfortable with simply using two analogue sticks simultaneously to move and aim this addition initially seemed a little gimmicky and unnecessary to many...
The demo's available for download once again
The Splatoon Global Testfire was an exciting event last weekend, providing keen Wii U owners with an opportunity to go hands on with online matches in the colourful shooter. There was some disappointment that the three one-hour sessions passed so quickly, and Nintendo appears to have heard the calls for...
The last hurrah
A number of gamers have enjoyed some online Splatoon matches, yet it's now time for the final session of the Global Testfire. It appears that there are no official live streams this time around, so we've embedded our very own guide to the demo. Join us for some chat in this final sesson#Splatoon
All four weapons and both stages shown off
If you're unaware of the Splatoon Global Testfire Demo then you've clearly not been reading Nintendo Life. We're well aware that it's the dominant story right now, but that's probably because it's such darn fun. There's just one round of online play left, and that's at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK...
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