Nintendo Switch Online app is now available for iOS, Android devices

New Nintendo Switch stock including Splatoon 2 has gone live

When the game launches later this week, you'll be able to use a service within the app called SplatNet 2 to invite other players to matches, and use voice chat.

Trying to use the Nintenndo Switch Online app now provides a server maintenance error, which will probably last until around Splatoon 2's launch. Nintendo will be adding more games that will support the app down the line like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and ARMS.

Nintendo is taking its time rolling out a full online service for the Switch.

You can buy awesome glasses from the app, so there is that. Both the app's functionality and online play are free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. Currently, the application is obviously not usable but will allow you to log in with your Nintendo account to create the private lobby and take advantage of the voice chat for Splatoon 2. Voice chat requires your phone to be unlocked with the app running - meaning you must have the screen on at all times. Then, open up the app and choose that new room; you can then invite friends or other Switch Online users you've recently played with to join in.

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? Games who will come with built in support will tap the Nintendo app online.

Alongside the app's debut on iOS and Android today, Nintendo's support page for the app shared a few more details about the app and what to expect. There's also the ability to order special Splatoon 2 gear in the shop and see which online multiplayer stages will be available and when.

It's once you've raised your game to Level 10 status that things really get riotous.

You can enjoy voice chat in different ways depending on the type of game you're playing.

This is all in sharp contrast to Sony and Microsoft, which have allowed simple party chat directly on their consoles-across games and at the system level-for years.

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