Splatoon 2
Nintendo's Splatoon 2 producer Hisashi Nogami introduces Splatoon 2 at the Switch's presentation ceremony in Tokyo, Japan January 13, 2017. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A free “Splatoon 2” demo will go live on March 25, though it won’t last long. Thus, anyone purchasing a Nintendo Switch before March ends will be able to participate in a global testfire for “Splatoon 2,” an ink-based shooter sequel to 2015’s Wii U game “Splatoon.”

While players can take advantage of the demo ahead of the game’s launch, it will also help Nintendo test its paid online multiplayer services. The demo will be available for a short period of time from March 25-26.

According to Kotaku Australia, the schedules for the demo Down Under are 3-3:59 p.m., 7-7:59 a.m. and 11-11:59 p.m. on March 25, Saturday and 2-2:59 p.m., 3-3:59 p.m. and 11-11:59 p.m. on March 26. Thus, Nintendo Switch owners can play it in one-hour chunks throughout the stretch. “Splatoon 2” will released sometime in the summer months in the US (June to August) and Nintendo Switch on March 3. Players will be able to test four different main weapons including the new Splat Dualies and also the remixed versions of the iconic Splat Charger and Splat Roller.

The mentioned times are also all over the place as Nintendo wants to satisfy players all across the globe. While Nintendo Switch’s line-up of games is fairly light and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is primarily a single player title, “Splatoon 2” demo will allow players to enjoy a multiplayer game on the portable gaming console. Nintendo has even confirmed the “Splatoon 2” Spectator Mode, a feature that was shockingly absent in the first instalment.

The mode, also known as “Private Battle Spectator View,” will allow a ninth and tenth player to participate in an eight-player match and watch the action unfold. Spectators can use a bird’s eye view to watch the entire arena. A third person view, for a more immersive experience, will also be made available. The game has also been confirmed to support up to 10 docked Switch units on a wired LAN.