Nintendo's excellent shooter Splatoon is better still on the Switch

Allan Goodman
July 20, 2017

Players will be able to link their accounts between the Nintendo Switch console and the new app so that they can view certain historical data/statistics, as well as directly integrate with online features of compatible games. It's home to most of the basic online multiplayer features you'd want for supported Switch games. As of now, the service is free but some time in 2018, Nintendo plans to begin charging a $20 annual fee. Once you open the app again, it will connect you to the same room you were before. That app launched on the iOS and Android app stores today, and while we'll have a full review after more extensive testing, we wanted to point out one baffling design decision immediately.

Once it does, users will be able to log into the app with their Nintendo Account that is associated with their Switch console.

The Splatoon 2 sub-pages, known as SplatNet 2, offer little to complain about.

Do I have to have the Nintendo Switch Online app to go online in Splatoon 2 and other games? Things actually started pretty positively; while I was clicking my way through the map news that begins each game, both the Switch's internal notification system and my phone alerted me to a party invite.

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The Nintendo Switch doesn't make you go through a lengthy start-up process filled with network management, update downloads, and bandwidth checks. Chatting during a Switch game requires you to hook your smartphone and the Switch up to a connection device and then hook the device up to a headset.

Fortunately, Nintendo has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for the app, so what's some of the more pertinent information you should know?

It's available for both iOS and Android devices and promises to, "help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch". It's free to use until Nintendo kicks off its paid networking services later this year.

You can imagine there being alternative portals for other games, perhaps something in the offing for fist-flinging fighter Arms, or maybe Pokkén Tournament DX when that arrives on September 22, or whatever else down the pike warrants distinctive, cordoned-off features. Matthew Hayes of WWG showed off the voice chat solution for Splatton in a tweet.

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