I hope you remember the Splatoon Global Testfire! This series of server stress-tests, or limited-time Splatoon free demo opportunities, ran just before Splatoon's May 2015 release all the way to the end of August 2016, for eleven total sessions. It was only supposed to be three sessions, but it got extended for several “final” testfires. You could take it as an illustrative lesson of “Don't take Nintendo promises seriously.”
However, what does appear to be serious is that Splatoon's sequel, Splatoon 2 (originally revealed in the still-super-important Nintendo Switch Presentation from a month ago) will be continuing the Global Testfire series for at least one collection of SIX rounds! Here's the trailer from the Squid Research Lab:
Note that they say “One weekend only!” I strongly doubt it will just be one weekend, based on past behaviour on the part of the Squid Research Lab. They'll have more Testfires, especially as more people actually buy a Nintendo Switch.
Let's talk about that, actually.
The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire will be taking place at the end of March, as seen below:
|March 24 (Friday) to March 26 (Sunday).|
To convert things to Eastern time (since I know Splatoon players, or Nintendo fans in general, are timezone-challenged), that's:
- Friday, March 24, 2017: 3–3:59 PM Eastern
- Friday, March 24, 2017: 11–11:59 PM Eastern
- Saturday, March 25, 2017: 7–7:59 AM Eastern
- Saturday, March 25, 2017: 3–3:59 PM Eastern
- Saturday, March 25, 2017: 11–11:59 PM Eastern
- Sunday, March 26, 2017: 7–7:59 AM Eastern
If you want to go by the Wisdom of Crowds, the date of the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire means Splatoon 2 will be coming out before, during, or up to a month after E3 2017!
Just curious of everyone's expectations now that we have the testfire coming in March.. Splatoon 2 launch date?— Rocket (@PG_Rocketek) February 12, 2017
I believe that the “one weekend only” Splatoon 2 Global Testfire may be brought to a weekend prior to Splatoon 2's launch, and a weekend after online services require a subscription payment. There might also be one following Holiday 2017, or after the launch of Super Mario Odyssey. Why? Holding a test for the pre-release of Splatoon 2 would be for marketing, holding a test after the post-subscription-mandate would be to test what effects putting a pay barrier would have, and a post-holiday test would be testing supposedly-improved Nintendo's servers with actual stress.
One other bit from that trailer: Music plays a big role in the Splatoon series (yeah, it's a SERIES now), with the music representing bands that have cultural prominence. Splatoon 2's music seems very different than Splatoon, indicating shifting tastes and preferences among Inklings. Yet, just as with Splatoon's first Global Testfire, the music from this trailer also reminds me of a No More Heroes 2 song, this time “It's Kill or Be Killed”. At least... the start of it. There's not much material from the trailer to judge!
Hopefully with six rounds (and likely more in the future), the Squid Research Lab, and its research participants, will have a lot of experience to judge with when it's all over! ...If it ever truly ends.
Will Splatoon 2 mean that Squidwig will return to KoopaTV? Only time will tell. Ludwig doesn't plan to get a Nintendo Switch on launch month, so he'll miss out on all six rounds of the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire. Maybe you can try to change his plans around in the comments section, or have similar plans to him. He hasn't played Splatoon on the Wii U in a very long time.
For a clear example of Nintendo outright lying to customers, click here.