Dear fellow squid researcher/test subject,

We here at the Squid Research Lab just wanted to remind you about the upcoming Splatoon 2 Global Testfire, coming to a Nintendo Switch system near you between March 24 and March 26. It’s basically going to be the freshest thing that happens this weekend – even fresher than Judd’s breath after nibbling on some catnip.

To prepare for this ink-redible event, here the top 5 things you should do:

1. DOWNLOAD THE FREE DEMO: Just head to Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and download the Global Testfire demo before playing. It won’t cost you any snails.

2. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: With ink, of course. Here are the times you can play to get tentacle-on time with Splatoon 2 before it launches:

  • Friday       March 24: 12-1 p.m. PT       3-4 EST
  • Friday       March 24: 8-9 p.m. PT         11-12 EST
  • Saturday   March 25: 4-5 a.m. PT         7-8 EST
  • Saturday   March 25: 12-1 p.m. PT       3-4 EST
  • Saturday   March 25: 8-9 p.m. PT         11-12 EST
  • Sunday     March 26: 4-5 a.m. PT          7-8 EST

Also, it has come to our attention that the fine folks in the Nintendo Treehouse will be live-streaming Splatoon 2 gameplay during the first Global Testfire event on March 24 between noon and 12:59 p.m. PT. Tune in to http://live.nintendo.com to watch!

3. IN THE LAB OR ON-THE-GO: With the first Splatoon game, you had to conduct important cephalopod research from the comfort of your own lab. But with Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch, you can take the messy action anywhere you go that has a Wi-Fi connection. Maybe you want to choose an untraditional location to participate in the Global Testfire. It’s up to you!

4. GET PRIMED WITH A CONTROL & WEAPON OVERVIEW: Research can be conducted with either a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or Joy-Con controllers. Splat Dualies are a new weapon type, while mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have been remixed to allow for new battle strategies.

5. CAPTURE YOUR RESEARCH: An important step in the scientific method is to make observations. We recommend capturing your findings with the Capture button on the Joy-Con or Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, then later sharing it with your peers in the scientific community (or if you’re like our intern, use Facebook or Twitter). When publishing your research, please use the octothorp symbol (#) followed by “Splatoon2” or “Testfire.”