Nintendo Switch Online app download available now

Click on the game's icon and you'll summon a placeholder graphic describing SplatNet, the Splatoon 2-specific companion service wherein players can scan current battle stages, share their best battles with friends, order gear and more.

Unfortunately, that's all you can really do with it right now, as attempting to log in with your Nintendo Account presents you with a server maintenance error. When Splatoon 2 is out in the wild, the app will show play history and statistics.

The Nintendo Switch Online is just the first phase of the company's plans for multiplayer features, with more being planned for 2018. If so, you can make use of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service! As a result, it's rare to find players using voice chat in online Nintendo games.


More importantly, the app lets you invite your friends and create groups.

Nintendo has launched its Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS and Android devices.

Nope! While some features are exclusive to mobile, you'll still be able to queue up with friends and play online in Splatoon 2 without ever using your phone. "If you played a lot of the original, the sequel has enough to keep you coming back, and if you're new to the game, it's a fantastic place to jump in". If they want to hear game sounds and chat, they'll either need a one-sided headset, or a splitter like the one that comes with Hori's adorable licensed headset.


Alongside the app's debut on iOS and Android today, Nintendo's support page for the app shared a few more details about the app and what to expect. The invite is exactly that: a note to say that you've been invited to a party, and that you should go to Splatoon 2's multiplayer lobby and enter the Online Lounge. It's just not a very elegant solution for online voice chat between friends. It also stands out from Sony and Microsoft because it handles core online function independently rather than have them embedded into the Switch unit itself.

All features of the service will be included in the free trial launching this week.



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