Nintendo is preparing the pitch for the launch of Mario Strikers: Battle League Football on 10th June with a free time-limited ‘online demo event’ from 4th-5th June.
The First Kick demo will feature the game’s training mode tutorial to get players up to speed with the all-action gameplay, but you will need an internet connection to play, even if you’re sticking to the tutorial. Aside from that, the quick play online matchmaking will be available during six one-hour slots across the weekend, with time to suite the different regions of the world.
The dates and times are as follows, listed in British Summer Time, which is UTC+1. I trust you can convert to your local time!
- Saturday 4th June 4:00-5:00 BST
- Saturday 4th June 12:00-13:00 BST
- Saturday 4th June 20:00-21:00 BST
- Sunday 5th June 4:00-5:00 BST
- Sunday 5th June 12:00-13:00 BST
- Sunday 5th June 20:00-21:00 BST
A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to play First Kick, but as luck would have it, Nintendo are also extended a free 7-day trial of Switch Online to all users, available to sign up for from Thursday 2nd June at 11:00 AM BST.
This will also let you play other premium games online, try out the NES and SNES classic game libraries, and generally check out if the service is right for you.
We recently got to go hands on with Mario Strikers: Battle League Football (which is just subtitled Battle League outside of Europe) and had an absolute blast. Head here for our Mario Strikers: Battle League Football preview, but here’s a little excerpt for you:
“Ah, yes. Defending. This is where we really get to see how the Mushroom Kingdom’s denizens feel about each other, flying kicks to the face and all. Again, there’s a bit of timing to get right, because you want to clatter into the opposition and nick the ball, but you can charge up a charged tackle that dashes forward and knocks them much harder. Artful dodging is even trickier to master, in my experience, but a must if you intend to play this competitively online.”
Source: press release