'Splatoon' Global Testfire Demo Details: Find Out How To Play A Free Hour This Weekend Ahead Of May 29 Launch

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 18, 2015 01:50 PM EDT
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Nintendo is bringing back a limited demo run of Splatoon in anticipation of the game's release, granting all Wii U owners a free hour of play this weekend.

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The Global Testfire event will go live at 3 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, May 23. Players can hop online and play one hour of 4v4 Turf Wars by downloading the free Splatoon Global Testfire special demo from the Nintendo eShop.

The event will end promptly at 4 p.m. Pacific, and will be your last chance to play the title before its May 29 launch. If you're unfamiliar, Splatoon is a third-person shooter--though not in the traditional violent sense you may think of. Players shoot colored ink at one another and the stages, with the ability to change between human and squid forms.

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Nintendo recently hosted a Splatoon-specific Direct live stream to show off more details and features. You can watch a replay of the stream in the video below, which boasts about an hour of gameplay footage and narration. The footage will show you anything you need to know if you're curious about how the game works, so check out the video to learn more.

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