The Nintendo Switch Online app for use on smartphones has unexpectedly launched early and is now available for download on both IOS and Android marketplaces.
Originally planned for a simultaneous release with Splatoon 2 this Friday, the online companion app is currently rolling out for download worldwide and is now available in North America. Product pages for both IOS and Google Play app stores are now live and provide a detailed breakdown of the service.
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 (e.g., SplatNet 2 for Splatoon 2), invite friends to play with you via social media, 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 match results, stages, and rankings!
◆ Inviting friends via social media
You can invite friends to play with you in supported games via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can easily 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, a Nintendo Switch game compatible with this app is required. Splatoon 2 is compatible with this app.
● You can use the Nintendo Switch Online app for free until the paid subscription service launches in 2018.
● A persistent Internet connection is required to use this app. Cellular data may be used.
● A Nintendo Switch console, a Nintendo Account, and supported game are required.
● You must be at least 13 years or older to use this app.
● Your use of this app is subject to the Nintendo Account User Agreement, available at support.nintendo.com.
Although the app is available for download, the servers for the service are currently undergoing maintenance according to in-app error codes. However, it is likely that the service will go live soon to accommodate the early release.
In addition, Nintendo has updated their support page to include a detailed overview and FAQ about the Nintendo Switch Online app.