Switch online companion app details emerge, as do concerns

Splatoon Anime Series Announced

Splatoon Anime Series Announced

With this mobile app, you can invite other players to join Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Run and Splatfest Battles in Splatoon 2, as well as communicate with those players using voice chat.

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.

Like many other games - whether it's a sprawling open world like Breath of the Wild or a tiny puzzle game like Puyo Puyo Tetris - the flexibility of the Switch is a great fit for Splatoon 2. After the free trial had ended, Nintendo Account holders will have to pay for continued service: $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year.

To give you some indication of how perverse the whole thing is, here's a quick account of the half hour myself and a friend spent with the app this morning.

Nintendo has launched its much-anticipated online app for Switch owners on iOS and Android.

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Here's what the "Splatoon 2" service, "SplatNet", looks like in action. More users can enjoy the online app since it has been made available for both iOS and Android users.

That though is about the only real positive with the Nintendo Online service right now. But can you use voice chat outside of compatible games though? To get a chat session started in Splatoon 2, you'll have to select the Online Lounge option in-game, which will then prompt you to create a room and invite friends from the app. For Splatoon 2, the SplatNet 2 feature will have all of this functionality, as well as a special gear shop, a stats and records menu and stage schedules that are regularly updated.

Voice chat will work in different ways depending on what game a user is playing. Online gaming will be free on the Switch until sometime in 2018.

As for inviting friends to games and voice chat, Nintendo has also broken down how it works. "If you played a lot of the original, the sequel has enough to keep you coming back, and if you're new to the game, it's a fantastic place to jump in".

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