Update: The official Japanese Splatoon Twitter account confirmed that the Testfire has been extended for another hour:
— Splatoon（スプラトゥーン） (@SplatoonJP) May 23, 2015
Fans who awaited the second Splatoon Global Testfire today have been meet with disappointment: severe server outages due to high volumes of traffic caused many players to receive the following error message during the actual hour of the global beta testing (thanks to Twitter user Kristian Hazelhurst for the screenshot):
And when players checked on the official Nintendo page for the status of the Wii U console’s online, they were greeted by this message:
At least the hashtag on Twitter (#Splatoon) is pretty great, with plenty of humorous responses to the issue:
— Sam Kennedy (@capnsmak) May 23, 2015
— #BasedGodPinnacle (@UltraNick24) May 23, 2015
It seems that servers, an hour after the Global Testfire was slated began, have begun to work for some. While the Nintendo social media accounts have been silent on the issue, at least it appears they extended the beta.