Nintendo's new game console Switch is pictured after its presentation ceremony in Tokyo, Japan January 13, 2017
Nintendo's new game console Switch is pictured after its presentation ceremony in Tokyo, Japan January 13, 2017

Nintendo Switch Online: Free app to launch alongside Splatoon 2

A more full-featured version of the app will come out next year

Aatif Sulleyman
Friday 07 July 2017 12:28
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The Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app will launch later this month.

It will be available to download for free for both iOS and Android users from 21 July.

The company recently confirmed that the Switch Online store will officially launch next year, and has stressed that the smartphone app with have a “limited” feature set.

It will come out on the same day as Splatoon 2, and will offer a number of features built specifically for the game.

“In Splatoon 2, the app will give you access to SplatNet 2, where you can see your online battle stats, your gear, and much more,” Nintendo said.

A more full-featured version of the app will come out in 2018, at which point Switch users will need to pay $20 per year to use it and access online multiplayer.

That fee will also get you access to a games library including a range of classics, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario, each of which will come with new online features.

For now though, Switch owners can play online for free.

“The Nintendo Switch Online smart device app is designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games on the Nintendo Switch console,” says Nintendo.

“With the app, you can send online play invitations to players on your Nintendo Switch system's friend list. The app also lets you quickly send invites via social networks and messaging services. When you're invited to a game, you'll get notified right away via a push notification on your smart device.

“Once players are connected, you can use voice chat openly with friends while in the online lobby and during online play (depending on the game).”

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