Nintendo releases Nintendo Switch online mobile app for Android and iOS

20 July, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Rolando Keller
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Currently, Splatoon 2 is the only game that makes use of the app, so right now there isn't much that can be done with it other than downloading in preparation for the game's worldwide release this Friday.

The Online Lounge mode only allows for private games between people present in the lounge.

This functionality will be free, until the paid service launches in 2018. However, once the app launches, games with online gameplay will collect annual subscription. From there, you'll be taken to a home screen that lets you view any pending invitations and access game-specific services, which are now limited to Splatoon 2. Swapping between apps also closes it, meaning no multi-tasking to your texts, Twitter, or email - you must commit to using it, or chat will be cut off. The app launch is in preparation of the first title that will support it - Splatoon 2, which comes out on July 21.

"When creating rooms and inviting users, you can invite friends you have from Nintendo Switch, friends you communicate with over social media or messaging apps, and other users you have recently played with through the Nintendo Switch Online app", the company says. You can take down down enemies directly or solve puzzles in single player using the stuff, or in the standard multiplayer mode, Turf War, the aim is for your team to cover as much of the ground as possible to secure victory.

Once it does, users will be able to log into the app with their Nintendo Account that is associated with their Switch console. Playing games is one thing, but being able to chat with your teammates adds a lot to the experience.

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Your iPhone must have iOS 9.0 or later, while Android devices require 4.4 or newer.

Is there anything else the app can do?

That though is about the only real positive with the Nintendo Online service right now.

If you're itching to play more Splatoon 2 with friends offline, you'll have to wait awhile since there have been no additional demos just yet.

Is local multiplayer coming to Splatoon 2? Let's use Splatoon 2 as an example.

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