The Nintendo Switch Online app is available now for iOS and Android

Nintendo Switch Online App Begins Release on iOS and Android; New Details Revealed

Other features include support for inviting friends via social networks like Facebook and Twitter to play with you, and using voice chat while gaming.

Do you play Splatoon 2? When the service does go live, pricing will fall into three tiers: $3.99 per month, $7.99 per three months or $19.99 per 12 months. It once again smacked of Nintendo either fundamentally misunderstanding the hows and whys of online play, or of so desperately wanting to shield its younger audience from harm that it wasn't even prepared to offer much-requested online features on its own console.

The Nintendo Switch app is a big change for Nintendo, but the company is still committed to doing things differently to its competitors. Let's use Splatoon 2 as an example. You also can't switch out of the app to text or check something on the internet, or chat will be cut off. Today, Nintendo has finally released its Nintendo Switch Online companion app for iOS devices.

Accessing voice chat will vary from game to game. More users can enjoy the online app since it has been made available for both iOS and Android users.

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Previous Nintendo consoles have also seen underwhelming support of voice chat functionality in games. Secondly, it serves as a voice chat client while playing Switch games (the console now doesn't have any on-board voice chat). It also stands out from Sony and Microsoft because it handles core online function independently rather than have them embedded into the Switch unit itself.

Whilst it is possible to download the app, some of you may not be able to log in just yet. Later this week, it will be joined by Splatoon 2, the sequel to not only one of the best Wii U games, but one of the best Nintendo releases in the 2010s.

One of the players in your group must then go into Splatoon 2's multiplayer section and create a private room via the Online Lounge section, sending out invitations to each friend they want to chat with.

When the service launches, players will no longer be able to play multiplayer games with their friends and are thus required to purchase membership to continue playing.

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