Nintendo Releasing 'Nintendo Switch Online' App Alongside 'Splatoon 2' On July 21st

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Direct

It's an app to necessitate online play on the Nintendo Switch and will be available on July 21, the same day as Splatoon 2.

Interestingly, online play within Splatoon 2 will be free until the Switch Online service is rolled out in 2018. Players will be able to utilize SplatNet 2 to track their online stats and performance in online battles. Now, gamers will get a chance to try out the service starting July 21st, when it launches alongside Splatoon 2.

Today, Nintendo held their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, focused entirely on Splatoon 2.

In addition to online battle results, you can check out the weapons and gear that other Inklings you've played with have used.

In 2018, Nintendo plans to begin charging an annual fee of $19.99 United States dollars (about $24 CAD) to play games online. I just checked to see if the demo client is downloadable yet and it wasn't, but you might have more luck depending on when you're reading this. Once in a room, everyone in the lobby can chat together; once the match begins, however, players are automatically split into teams so you can't get sneaky and listen in on their finely honed strategies.




The basic service, which includes online gameplay and voice chat (for designated games), will remain free until the paid version debuts next year.

It's even possible to browse and purchase gear from a SplatNet shop, using coins that you've earned in-game.

"Splatoon 2 is a huge, robust sequel to the original Splatoon", said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Make sure you show off your freshest records to your friends via social media!

The store is still getting ready for its grand opening at the moment, but should be available in a future update so check back soon!

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