The official Nintendo Switch Online mobile app has released a couple of days early for both the iOS and Android platforms. It was initially slated to arrive alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21, 2017, but it’s here now.
Nintendo likely wanted to iron out any day-one kinks ahead of the launch of the ink-based shooter… which we just reviewed here at TechnoBuffalo. Dig into that.
The Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 2017. Since then, it’s been impossible to use voice chat while playing games online. The Nintendo Switch Online mobile app offers a few features, but one of them is voice chat.
You can also link your account to social media and invite friends to play with you by way of networks beyond the Nintendo Switch. You can invite, for instance, a friend from Twitter to play a Switch game with you through this application.
The Nintendo Switch Online app offers game-specific content, too. The only thing available now is for Splatoon 2. You’ll find SplatNet 2 once you launch the application. If you have the game, you’ll be able to see some stats as well as order gear for use while playing.
The jury’s still out on how cumbersome or comfortable voice chat will be when relegated to a mobile app during play. We’ll personally be trying that in the coming weeks as our friends get Splatoon 2 and we figure out how this whole thing works.