Everything to know about Ninjala’s beta

Here come the gum-based Ninjas.

Update: Due to the beta times altering, we have updated the times of when Ninjala’s beta will be available.

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Ninjala is a free-to-play multiplayer action game releasing on the Nintendo Switch from developer GungHo Online Entertainment. It features online battles where you rely on your characters Ninja-Gum fighting tactics to defeat the enemy, crafting weapons in the middle of a fight to make them bigger and more reliable. The player with the highest score after defeating the most enemies during a match is determined to be the winner. Ninjala will release May 27, but you have the chance to try it out on a live beta before that for a limited time. 

How to download Ninjala’s beta

Ninjala will only be available on the Nintendo Switch, so if you have a Switch, you should be good to go to sign-up for the beta. If you don’t have a Switch, you won’t be able to join. For those who do have a Switch, visit the Ninjala page to sign in to your Nintendo account to register. If you don’t have a Nintendo account, you will need to make one before disclosing your information.

Once you sign in with your Nintendo account or create one, you’ll be registered to the beta.

Ninjala beta dates

There are three different times over two days you can try out the Ninjala beta. All of the times are listed below are for BST, PDT, and then AEST.

  • April 28 from 20:00 to 20:59 BST, April 28 from 12:00 to 12:59 PDT, April 29 from 05:00 to 05:59 AEST
  • April 29 from 04:00 to 04:59 BST, April 28 from 20:00 to 20:59 PDT, April 29 from 13:00 to 13:59 AEST
  • April 29 from 12:00 to 12:59 BST, April 29 from 13:00 to 13:59 PDT, April 29 from 21:00 to 21:59 AEST

Each of the beta times for Ninjala lasts for an hour. While it is for a limited time, you can jump in for a few quick matches to test the initial gameplay mechanics to see how it feels playing it on your Switch.

What does the beta offer?

When you jump into the game, you can participate in eight-player encounters where you face off against others, attempting to take them out your melee-centric weapons. The fights encourage you to craft your weapons to make them larger, use gum to stun your enemies, and prove yourself the top player among everyone else in your match. You only have an hour to play a few games, but you have three timeslots to try and join. When Ninjala releases, you can expect additional gameplay modes, such as four-versus-four match.

Can you pre-load the game?

Yes, Ninjala is available for pre-load. Once you sign up for the beta and successfully register your Nintendo account, you can find beta build possible in the Nintendo eShop by searching for “Ninjala.” By downloading the game for its beta run, all players join the Ninjala Exclusive Ninja Club.

Do you need a Nintendo Online Subscription?

No, you won’t. Ninjala is a free-to-play game, and as such, you won’t need a Nintendo Online Subscription to participate in the game. You can freely jump online to fight other players in the epic matches, much like you can if you were to play Fortnite from the Nintendo Switch.

Ninjala officially releases on May 27 for free.


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