Download Nintendo Switch's Online Chat App to Android, iPhone Now

20 July, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Patty Aguilar
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Nintendo announced previously that the company's online app would launch on July 21, the release date for Splatoon 2.

The first game that'll receive Switch Online support is Splatoon 2 - read our review at this link. Players will have to use the app in order to invite friends to online matches. Though plenty are still hollering that it's not a sequel, merely an "enhanced edition" like Mario Kart, Splatoon 2 does something more. And from what we're hearing it's quite bad, and Switch owners aren't happy. Things actually started pretty positively; while I was clicking my way through the map news that begins each game, both the Switch's internal notification system and my phone alerted me to a party invite.

It's also a classic Nintendo take on a game because underneath this playful and colourful exterior is an incredibly deep and rich experience which offers plenty of play modes, play styles and customisation options to keep you entertained for some time.

Practical impact aside, the design decision is simply baffling when you compare the Switch voice chat app to other phone-based chat solutions.

Next, I turned my attention to the app, but at this point, there's nothing to see or do.

Nintendo has launched its much-anticipated online app for Switch owners on iOS and Android.


This functionality will be free, until the paid service launches in 2018.

That though is about the only real positive with the Nintendo Online service right now.

The most significant part of the Nintendo Switch Online app, though, is that it enables voice chat between players during online gaming sessions - a feature that is not natively enabled within the Nintendo Switch architecture.

Do you play Splatoon 2? For Splatoon 2, the SplatNet 2 feature will have all of this functionality, as well as a special gear shop, a stats and records menu and stage schedules that are regularly updated.

"When creating rooms and inviting users, you can invite friends you have from Nintendo Switch, friends you communicate with over social media or messaging apps, and other users you have recently played with through the Nintendo Switch Online app", the company says.

How much does Nintendo Switch Online cost?

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