Nintendo announces Mario Strikers: Battle League online multiplayer demo

by Pierre Bell

Mario Strikers: Battle League Football launches for Nintendo Switch on Friday 10th June, and players eager to sharpen their shooting skills can get ahead of the competition. Mario Strikers: Battle League Football First Kick demo event is available to download now for free on Nintendo eShop and includes access to exciting online team battles – available on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, as well as a training mode to learn the basics, so players can get stuck into some pre-season ‘friendlies’ in preparation for match day. Nintendo also announced that the full game will receive free post-launch updates, including new characters. In the meantime, check out the recently-released Mario Strikers: Battle League Football – Overview Trailer to see all the ways players can thwack, zap and dropkick their opponents on the way to victory.

The Mario Strikers: Battle League Football First Kick tutorial mode, available now to existing Nintendo Switch Online members and from 2nd June also for players taking part in the free Nintendo Switch Online 7-day trial, teaches players all of the basics, from shooting, passing and tackles to more advanced moves and skills. Once players are accustomed to the controls, they’ll be ready to put everything on the line and take on other budding strikers online on Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June during the times listed below:

UK dates and times:

  • Saturday 4th June 04:00 – 05:00 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

North American dates and times:

Friday, June 3 8:00-9:00pm PT

Saturday, June 4 4:00-5:00am PT 12:00-1:00pm PT 8:00-9:00pm PT

Sunday, June 5 4:00-5:00am PT 12:00-1:00pm PT

With online team matches for Mario Strikers: Battle League Football First Kick, players can form a team with other players and challenge others online. Each team can consist of players from 2 Nintendo Switch consoles, and a maximum of 2 players can join the team from each console, making it possible to line up with up to a maximum of 4 players per team. It is possible to form an alliance with random players or friends online. Experiment with all 10 characters in the game, test their unique abilities and assemble a team based on your preferred playing style.

From Thursday 2nd June at 11:00 BST, players without an existing Nintendo Switch Online membership can claim a free 7-day trial, even if they’ve used a free trial in the past. Not only does this grant access to the Mario Strikers: Battle League Football First Kick demo event, players can also experience a week with all the benefits that the Nintendo Switch Online membership has to offer, including access to a curated library of over 100 NES Super NES titles, online play with compatible titles, cloud saves and more.

Source: Nintendo UK