Nintendo Switch Online App Now Available

Nintendo Switch Online App Now Available

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.


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Comments Comments (6)

Posted by drunk_monk
On Thursday 20 Jul 2017 9:08 AM
Switching to other apps including texts halting it is a major issue. That and the keeping the phone unlocked thing, unless the app keeps it unlocked.
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 20 Jul 2017 11:06 AM
Not a very well thought out app. I mean you have to keep it unlocked? Well that will drain the battery quick, Unless you have an extraordinary length of charge cable handy...
Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
On Thursday 20 Jul 2017 11:35 AM
Sounds terribly stupid, I'm a huge Nintendo fanboy but gawd help me if they ever release a game I want to play online multiplayer/voice chat if this stupid thing is the way we go about doing it.

I barely even like using my phone for phone related things, not a fan.
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Thursday 20 Jul 2017 12:32 PM
Looks like Nintendo still doesn't know how to make a online service on par with 2005 era Xbox Live, maybe on their 4th attempt?
Posted by kniteowl
On Thursday 20 Jul 2017 5:54 PM
Hopefully they can just patch in normal friend list/chat functions into the switch with future software updates... this seems a bit backward...
Posted by haydengies
On Tuesday 15 Aug 2017 4:16 PM
still needs updating, buggy as