Nintendo launches Nintendo Switch Online app ahead of Splatoon 2 release

Nintendo launches Nintendo Switch Online app ahead of Splatoon 2 release

In the case of Splatoon 2, you can use the SplatNet 2 feature to perform voice chat while you play, among other functions.

However, although the app now allows you to sign into your Nintendo account, doing so returns an error code, along with a message that the servers are now undergoing maintenance. It will take a few months before we have a good assortment of games that support the Nintendo Switch Online app, but most people do not have an issue with that.

Nintendo Switch's biggest criticism since launch has been its handling of the system's online services, especially for a console releasing in the 2017. Both the app's functionality and online play are free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. A Nintendo account is also required to use the app.

This structure makes both Splatoon and its sequel a great experience, even if you don't typically enjoy the often toxic, unwelcoming world of online shooters.

I turned my phone screen back on and unlocked it, which deposited me right back in the Switch Online app. Voice chat returned. On the AppStore, the description is very clear: "The Nintendo Switch Online application was created to allow you to enjoy the best game online on Nintendo Switch" reads. If you want to switch away to check an e-mail, text message, or Twitter thread between matches or respawns, though, be prepared to temporarily lose your voice connection to fellow players in the lobby while you do. The app shall then serve as the hub for interactive capabilities such as voice chat. Users will need a Switch console, a Nintendo account and the supported games to make use of the app, which is free for now but will become part of a paid subscription service at some point next year. So it's a fitting franchise to kick off the next generation of Nintendo online connectivity features.

Then again, requiring a separate smartphone for in-game voice chat was a odd decision in the first place.

On top of that, you can't use any other apps while using Nintendo's app.

The Nintendo Switch has a variety of games that already have online multiplayer built in, including "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" and "ARMS", but it's not clear if they'll also get dedicated areas on the Nintendo Switch Online app.

"No. Players are not able to start voice chat communication until they have joined the Online Lounge within Splatoon 2", the Kyoto firm answers.

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