Nintendo Switch Online
By Nintendo Co., Ltd.
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The Nintendo Switch Online app is designed to help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch™. With this app, you can check game-specific services, invite friends to play with you via social networks and use voice chat while gaming.
◆ Do you play Splatoon 2? If so, you can make use of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service!
You can use SplatNet 2 to check all sorts of vital battle-related information, including details about stages, ranking, stats and more! You can also check your clear rate and the total turf you inked in battle.
◆ Inviting friends via social networks
You can invite friends to play with you in supported games via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can invite your Nintendo Switch friends, too!
◆ Using voice chat while gaming
You can enjoy voice chat in different ways depending on the type of game you're playing. Chat with everyone in your room or split voice chat into teams and have it out head-to-head!
*In order to use these services, Nintendo Switch software that supports this app is required. Currently, the only software that supports this app is Splatoon 2.
● You can try this app for free until the launch of the full, paid version of the Nintendo Switch Online membership service in 2018.
● Following the full release of the service, a paid membership will be required to continue using this app. You will also need to update the app.
● A Nintendo Switch console and supported software are required to use the service.
● You must have a Nintendo Account for ages 13 and up in order to use the service.
● In addition to Nintendo Switch friends, this app can also match you with acquaintances from social networks.
● Permanent internet connection required for use.
Nintendo, be reasonable.
are you really pulling this **** again? Have a good game going on a good system, only to mess it up at the last moment?
Voice chat is a useful thing to have IN THE BACKGROUND of my phone/gaming session - I still want to be able to hear the games music (because it is fantastic) and I still want to be able to text people without it affecting my voice chat conversation. And no, HORI's solution SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY to achieve this. Mix the audio in app, perhaps? Maybe you could, oh, I don't know,make use of Bluetooth? Remember that thing that you used to connect controllers? You can probably think of something easier for the consumer than what you have now in five seconds. Go on. I'll wait.
Really what's missing here is execution. You thought it might be useful to have voice chat on the phone so people can sit on the couch while their switch is docked, 8 feet in front of them? Great! You can also view in game stats with the app? Brilliant! So we could potentially have a voice chat experience without needing to buy Bluetooth headsets or be wired into the console? Wait, no? Please, Nintendo. Knock down the aimless barriers and hindrances. We know you want to collect our data for advertising purposes, and we'll let you do it if YOU MADE A HALF DECENT APP.
Two stars for concept, and the idea that this might become something in the future.
Redundant app, for terrible online situation
Nintedo's own FAQ states
"If I use my smart device’s other features (texts, social media, etc.) will I be disconnected?
The voice chat will disconnect while you’re talking on the phone or using another application, but your voice chat will restart in the same room once you open the Nintendo Switch Online application again as long as the game session is still ongoing."
This app is a terrible solution to voice chat for the Switch, you can’t simultaneously listen to game audio and chat unless you use a splitter. As evident by the above information, you have to be actively using the app to be connected to the chat, it can’t be a background process and your phone can't be locked - so it wastes power with the screen on. Evidently, it’s better and far easier, to just use existing voice chat services like Skype, Teamspeak, Discord etc
Just throwing this in to balance it out.
People aren't actually reviewing the app, they're just throwing one-star reviews in because they're annoyed at Nintendo's "solution" to the lack of the Switch's built-in online features.
I don't disagree with them, but throwing unfair one star reviews at the app doesn't really have anything to do with the app itself, and therefore goes against what these app reviews are for.
I'll amend this score if the app doesn't fulfil the purpose it is supposed to, but until then, ignore the people raging for the sake of rage, as they've had absolutely no reason to use it as of yet.
- Category: Entertainment
- Released: 19 July 2017
- Version: 1.0.4
- Size: 98.5 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Developer: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
- © 2017 Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.