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Metroid Prime: Blast Ball is a multiplayer demo for Metroid Prime: Federation Force, containing only the game's Blast Ball game mode. It was released on July 21, 2016 on the American and European Nintendo 3DS eShop, with no prior announcement.
Upon starting the demo, General Miles will ask if the player wishes to practice or begin a match. If the player has done well enough, they will unlock the Combat Sim tutorial for the Campaign. The demo supported online play until early September 2016, by which point the full game would have been released.
"Six mechs. Two teams. One free pass to play the most intense 3-on-3 sci-fi sport in the Metroid universe. Literally shoot the ball into the goal and grab power-ups as you fight. Increase your firing rate or even eject opponents from their mechs! Score victory locally or online* as you prepare for the full game Metroid Prime: Federation Force.
*This demo will be supported by online servers for a limited time beginning 7/21/2016.
Once the online servers for the special demo are discontinued, online functions will still be available for this mode in the full Metroid Prime: Federation Force game. Wireless Internet access required for online play. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com."