Nintendo Switch Online app coming to Apple's iPhone with 'Splatoon 2' on July 21

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Rather than handling voice chat native on the Nintendo Switch game console, players will need to install a separate app on iOS or Android to chat with friends while playing team-based shooter "Splatoon 2."




As part of a Nintendo Direct announcement on Thursday, the Japanese game maker revealed that an app called "Nintendo Switch Online" will be available for Apple's iPhone on Friday, July 21, the same day that "Splatoon 2" releases.

Inside the Nintendo app will be SplatNet 2, which will allow players to review previous matches and statistics, keep track of upcoming in-game events, and purchase in-game gear. Nintendo Switch Online will also be used for organizing private matches, making teams, and communicating with other players via voice chat.




Nintendo's app will take advantage of push notification abilities, letting users know when their friends are online and giving them the ability to quickly jump into a game.

Nintendo's online services will be free at launch, but the company plans to start charging $20 per year for the capabilities with its Switch console in 2018.




Using smartphones for voice chat in online games is an uncharacteristic approach --traditionally, game consoles have natively handled matchmaking and communication natively on the platform. But Nintendo has been slow to embrace online services, partially out of safety concerns for younger players with whom titles like Mario, Pokemon, and Animal Crossing are popular.

Nintendo also plans to sell an an audio combining accessory that will allow audio input from both an iPhone and the Switch console into the same headset, so users can hear voice communications and gameplay simultaneously.




Thursday's announcement made no mention as to whether the new Nintendo Switch Online app for iPhone will include promised parental control capabilities, or whether that is coming in a separate app. A representative for Nintendo told AppleInsider when the Switch launched in March that remote parental controls will be added in a future update.

Though it still sells its own hardware, Nintendo began dabbling in competing mobile platforms last year, with the iOS-exclusive debut of Super Mario Run proving to be a smash success.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    What a fu**ing mess...
    razorpittallest skil
  • Reply 2 of 7
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,902member
    You can actually buy a Nintendo Switch somewhere??? :open_mouth: I've never seen on in any store I've looked in. I see where its supposed to be with a price...but always empty shelves. Its been like this since it started shipping. 

    Maybe Nintendo should focus on getting product out first. If you can't get one, all of this extra crap is absolutely meaningless!
    edited July 2017
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,650administrator
    macxpress said:
    You can actually buy a Nintendo Switch somewhere??? :open_mouth: I've never seen on in any store I've looked in. I see where its supposed to be with a price...but always empty shelves. Its been like this since it started shipping. 

    Maybe Nintendo should focus on getting product out first. If you can't get one, all of this extra crap is absolutely meaningless!
    I have seen exactly two on store shelves.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 935member
    cali said:
    What a fu**ing mess...
    And to think the diagram doesn't show the required Lightning to 1/8" headphone adapter, lol.

    I like to think whoever thought this is a good idea was promptly fired and the only reason it continues to exist is because someone forgot to send an email that there is no way this idea is going to go in to production.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    They’ve actually had the “Nintendo Switch Parental Controls” app available in the App Store for a couple of months now.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,161member
    macxpress said:
    You can actually buy a Nintendo Switch somewhere??? :open_mouth: I've never seen on in any store I've looked in. I see where its supposed to be with a price...but always empty shelves. Its been like this since it started shipping. 

    Maybe Nintendo should focus on getting product out first. If you can't get one, all of this extra crap is absolutely meaningless!
    I see the Switch often at Target. They really aren't too difficult to find (at least in my area). 
  • Reply 7 of 7
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,161member
    What's silly is Nintendo releasing an audio combining accessory. If they are going to that trouble, might as well make an accessory for the Switch that adds voice chat. Why not make a controller like the PS4 where you can hook up a headset directly into it? That diagram is a complete mess. Whats next, a separate app that controls voice chat audio volume? 
    edited July 2017 razorpit
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