Nintendo launches Nintendo Switch Online app ahead of Splatoon 2 release

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This is also why Nintendo launched this app ahead of the release of "Splatoon 2", for it features an online competition called Splatfest. Do you agree? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below. However, once the app launches, games with online gameplay will collect annual subscription. Hopefully, with Nintendo's next console they'll be able to catch on to this age-old technique.

Nintendo is taking its time rolling out a full online service for the Switch. As we are just a few days away from the release of the game, the app has started to appear on Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store.

For some, it happens when they are playing their docked Nintendo Switch and realize they want to watch Netflix or catch the latest Game of Thrones. The $499.99 Nintendo Switch fan bundles are the priciest, but are the most recommendable. However, players need to brace themselves because, starting in 2018, Nintendo will charge an annual fee of $19.99.

The backbone of Nintendo's online features for the Switch is now available. The app, which for now is limited only to Splatoon 2, will offer players game-specific information. The main goal of the app is to give you more ways to enjoy the Nintendo Switch. However, since the app is now created to make Splatoon 2 easier to play with friends, Nintendo will likely have everything ready for July 21, when that game launches.

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Nintendo launches Nintendo Switch Online app ahead of Splatoon 2 release

When I tested the app with Patricia Hernandez, I found the chatting itself to be fine.

Splatoon 2' voice chat leaves us asking: What exactly is Nintendo smoking? As everyone feared, the app is also going to handle voice chat. Invitations can be sent over social media like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Line. Tethering voice chat and other online services to your phone means you've also got that battery to worry about.

Satisfied that things were working, I tapped the power button on my Android phone to conserve juice while we played a private match. If so, you can make use of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service!

It's a bit of a odd setup but will allow you to use voice chat openly with friends while in the online lobby and during online play (depending on the game).

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