Nintendo Switch's online app is available for your phone now

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

Again, every game will use it differently. This means that your phone's battery life will be drained at an nearly unreal pace.

For one, users need to have their smartphone's screen active while they are using the app - it can't be in sleep mode. The app shall then serve as the hub for interactive capabilities such as voice chat. You play as one of the squid-human race of Inklings whose ink-swimming and shooting powers make them uniquely suited to raising technicolored hell. It allows friends to connect with each other for multiplayer games via their Switch accounts. It's also a useful introduction to the controls of the game, which have retained the motion controls from the original. That app launched on the iOS and Android app stores today, and while we'll have a full review after more extensive testing, we wanted to point out one baffling design decision immediately. GameSpot and Polygon both gave the game an 8 out of 10, while US Gamer and GamesRadar both gave it a 4 out of 5.

It all seems more cumbersome than it should be, especially since Xbox Live and PlayStation Network let you get a chat session going regardless of what you and your pals are playing. Nintendo announced previously that the company's online app would launch on July 21, the release date for Splatoon 2. But it's working, so that's half the battle. Players will have to use the app in order to invite friends to online matches. There is an icon in the game for this service so whether it's just locked to smartphones or indeed can be accessed in game, we will find out soon enough.

Good to know. So what can I use the app for?

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Stay fresh - because Splatoon 2 launches worldwide on July 21st. It's a fiddly notion, and needlessly so, but I'd be willing to accept it if it worked, and offered a seamless, enjoyable way of interacting with my online games. For me, this is very much Splatoon1.5. More on those optional bits later. But some of the same niggles exist that stop it being the absolute premiere shooter on any console. But sadly, the app's benefits are massively outweighed by its cumbersome set-up at present, and Nintendo will need to do some mighty big improving if it expects people to pay for this next year.

This game will sell.

I'll be honest, it's a little disappointing that Nintendo's system can't automatically take you to the relevant game lobby when an invite appears on your Switch screen. This game will be receiving constant updates for the next five odd years in the form of maps, weapons, and hopefully updated options for loadouts etc as well.

The Nintendo Switch has two major online-based first-party games: ARMS and Splatoon 2. Although reviewers have generally given "Splatoon 2" positive reviews, majority agree that it's nearly the same as the original "Splatoon", but it's different enough to still feel fresh.

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