Online App for the Nintendo Switch is Available Now

Steve Phelps
July 20, 2017

The app now doesn't do much, but it will support the online features of "Splatoon 2", which is scheduled to be released this Friday, July 21.

With the addition of Splatoon 2 and two other titles, I and Me and Death Squared, our list of the best Nintendo Switch games reaches its cap at 50 titles and we begin removing games from the low end of the list. Swapping between apps also closes it, meaning no multi-tasking to your texts, Twitter, or email - you must commit to using it, or chat will be cut off. Splatoon 2, for example, actually uses its own ranking information through SplatNet2, which also gives players important information for their battles.

So far, I've only really dabbled with Splatoon 2's Turf Wars in a major way, and a lot of that time was spent with people who hadn't yet realised that squelching their foes wasn't going to bring them much glory. And from what we're hearing it's quite terrible, and Switch owners aren't happy.

This might not seem like a very big deal in practice-after all, if you're chatting with teammates during a match, you're probably not actively using other apps on your phone or turning it off.

The functionality is pretty barebones at this point.

You may even run into some special equipment via Salmon Run, the game's newest and most interesting mode.

Then again, requiring a separate smartphone for in-game voice chat was a odd decision in the first place.

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Ismail's wicket coming in the last over, with England requiring just 2 runs for victory, off the final four balls. Not a lot of people thought we were going to be here, so in that already, I'm already very proud of them.

A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo announced that they would be launching the Nintendo Switch Online app.

The Nintendo Switch doesn't support voice chat by default. Why do you need this app?

Good to know. So what can I use the app for?

The Switch Online service is also comparatively cheaper than its competitors at $20 a year, versus the $59.99 a year subscription cost of Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network, respectively.

Our first taste of Nintendo's new online service is here. For Nintendo to require its app to run in the foreground when other apps prove it's not necessary is just unusual.

Nintendo offers a little before the scheduled date (July 19th instead of the 21st) to download the smartphone application Nintendo Switch Online, which allows chatting via voice chat.

Do you play Splatoon 2? This all happens inside of a service called SplatNet 2.

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