Just prior to the release of Splatoon 2, the Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download for iOS and Android users. It allows friends to connect with each other for multiplayer games via their Switch accounts.
From the press release:
With this mobile app, you can invite other players to join Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Run and Splatfest Battles in Splatoon 2, as well as communicate with those players using voice chat. Downloading Nintendo Switch Online also gives you access to SplatNet 2. This Splatoon 2-specific service helps you stay in touch with Inkopolis even when you’re away from your Nintendo Switch. SplatNet 2 displays information like stage schedules, gear and stats, and even lets you view your lifetime inkage, a feature that shows how much turf a player has inked compared to real-world places.
This functionality will be free, until the paid service launches in 2018.
We haven't had the chance to personally test the app out in a live environment, but GameSpot has noticed some less-than-ideal quirks. Voice chat requires your phone to be unlocked with the app running – meaning you must have the screen on at all times. 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 is set to launch on July 21. Keep it locked here for our coverage.