Nintendo Switch Online is now available to download on Android and IOS

20 July, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Devin Moran

It gives players voice chat and friends list functionality, for instance, by connecting with their Switch accounts. I, on my phone, accepted the invite, then, in the game, trundled over to the section of Splatoon 2 where you can join online lobbies.

Stay fresh - because Splatoon 2 launches worldwide on July 21st. And from what we're hearing it's quite very bad, and Switch owners aren't happy.

Voice chat will only work under two conditions: while you're actually playing the supported game, and while you have both your mobile device's screen on and the app open.

The functionality is pretty barebones at this point. Additionally, you can invite people to private battles, league battles, Salmon runs, and Splatfest battles.

Then again, requiring a separate smartphone for in-game voice chat was a odd decision in the first place. Players will be able to link their accounts between the Nintendo Switch console and the new app so that they can view certain historical data/statistics, as well as directly integrate with online features of compatible games. It seems Nintendo is still configuring the servers, but we can be sure that it will be ready by the time Splatoon 2 launches.

The company adds that gamers can use headphones or earphones with the app, but those using Bluetooth headsets will need to ensure that it "supports the HSP or HFP Bluetooth profile". However, players need to brace themselves because, starting in 2018, Nintendo will charge an annual fee of $19.99.

Still, though, I do think that Nintendo may end up having to scrap this plan altogether and roll out attachments or new Switch units to remedy this situation. For Nintendo to require its app to run in the foreground when other apps prove it's not necessary is just odd. This is Nintendo's upcoming app that will be used for its online services, where users will be able to interact with other gamers, manage their games, and also more importantly use it for voice chat. This all happens inside of a service called SplatNet 2. ◆ Inviting friends via social media: You can invite friends to play with you in supported games via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can easily invite your Nintendo Switch friends, too!


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