Saturday, 19 August, 2017

The Nintendo Switch Online app is now available

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Kristine Garrett | 19 July, 2017, 22:37

Today, Nintendo has finally released its Nintendo Switch Online companion app for iOS devices.

With the Nintendo Switch Online app, players will be able to send online game invitations to their friends, an option that is aided by integration with social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp. This could be one of those things where you just have to launch the app live to see how the servers handle the load. Now, in the next two weeks, the users will be able to try their hands on the Nintendo Switch mobile app.

When you see this start-up process, you realize that the Nintendo Switch is a device created to play video games. This all happens inside of a service called SplatNet 2.

Like I said, Splatoon 2's basic rigmarole hasn't changed from the first game.

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.

For starters, the app is free to use for now, but come 2018, it'll require a subscription fee (the fee also includes online play).

So far, I've only really dabbled with Splatoon 2's Turf Wars in a major way, and a lot of that time was spent with people who hadn't yet realised that squelching their foes wasn't going to bring them much glory.

Past Nintendo consoles have had an equally hard relationship with voice chat.

When Nintendo first introduced the Nintendo Switch, the company said that numerous social features for online multiplayer would work through a smartphone app.

"Your previous online play session didn't end naturally, which is PREEEEETY suspicious", the message reads. The service's most useful feature is the gear shop, which you can access by tapping the shopping bag icon at the top right of the home screen.

Nintendo Switch's biggest criticism since launch has been its handling of the system's online services, especially for a console releasing in the 2017. No doubt the app will be fully operational in time for Splatoon 2's worldwide launch this Friday.

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