Nintendo Switch online service app goes live ahead of Splatoon 2 launch

Splatoon Anime Series Announced

Available now is the free Nintendo Switch Online App for iOS and Android.

The app will likely prove to be an important element of the Switch's online service.

There's really only one point of feedback that matters here: Nintendo needs to come up with something better for Switch online services. Users also have the option to pay $3.99 for a monthly subscription, or $7.99 for a 3-month subscription.

Whilst it is possible to download the app, some of you may not be able to log in just yet. For Salmon Run, you may want to pick up the new Nintendo voice chat via the app, though we still have some questions over whether or not it will be better than other programs that serve a similar function now.

Outside of a digital storefront (the "eShop") and a rudimentary friends list, none of the rich online features that people expect in modern game consoles are built into the Switch.

Splatoon 2 launches on Nintendo Switch on July 21st.




You can enjoy voice chat in different ways depending on the type of game you're playing.

Users log in with the Nintendo Account associated with their Switch console, but might now experience some difficulties, with a message appearing which says servers are now undergoing maintenance.

If you're looking for a sliver of hope, here it is: full functionality won't be coming to the app until Friday, July 21.

If you've ever owned a Nintendo console, you'll know that online services has never been the company's area of expertise.

Nintendo's bet, and it's a pretty sure one, is that Switch owners are also smartphone owners. The app will only work for games that heavily feature online gameplay. While it took a few months, the app is now available just a couple of days before the release of Splatoon 2.

A Splatoon anime is in the works thanks to CoroCoro and fans can't get enough of the Squid Sisters as well as Splatoon 2 characters Pearl and Marina who are taking over their social media feed. It seems Nintendo is still configuring the servers, but we can be sure that it will be ready by the time Splatoon 2 launches. Consider this your beginner's guide to the mobile platform, with a big hat tip to Nintendo, which made the smart decision of compiling an FAQ for its support website. It's a lot more of the same, seeing how it folds in all the improvements and additions that were introduced to the original over time and gives returning maps a significant makeover.

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