While waiting for players to join a Splatoon 2 multiplayer match, an awesome musical time-waster is available to fool around with. The quirky feature was discovered as part of this weekend's Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event, a stress test spread across six hour-long multiplayer sessions. All it requires is the player to be waiting in a multiplayer lobby as it hunts down additional players. After that, the music basically plays itself.
The Switch's online multiplayer lobby will provide a beat, but it's up to the player to provide everything else. Pressing any of the directional or lettered buttons on the Joy-Con will produce a sound effect, which can then be distorted moving the joysticks in different directions. Put it all together and it makes for a fun, homemade song that can keep players distracted long enough for the lobby to fill with players and start. Also, it feels pretty great pretending to be a Splatoon DJ.
It appears that the musical feature is a replacement for the popular Squid Jump mini-game from the original Splatoon. Just like how the music in Splatoon 2 works, Squid Jump was available to play during the lobby wait between online multiplayer matches in Splatoon. The only problem is that Squid Jump was played on the Wii U GamePad's screen. Since there's no way to have two screens available on the Nintendo Switch, sadly Squid Jump can't work the same way in the sequel. Maybe Squid Jump will show up in a different capacity in Splatoon 2.
For those who want to try out this quirky musical easter egg for themselves, there's still one more chance. One final Global Testfire will start on March 26 at 4:00am PT. Yes, that's 4:00am and not 4:00pm. It's scheduled for Japanese players and not North American players, unfortunately. Nevertheless, it's still a chance to play for those who are desperate. Just make sure to download the Global Testfire app via the Nintendo eShop on the Switch as soon as possible. The download can take a while.
Splatoon 2 launches exclusively on the Nintendo Switch later this year. It's unclear whether there will be a second Global Testfire event prior to Splatoon 2's launch, but stay tuned for more information in the weeks and months to come.