Splatoon 2 paints our list of the best Nintendo Switch games

Splatoon 2 paints our list of the best Nintendo Switch games

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It's not as seamless as enabling voice chat in your game, but it's also a flexible solution as you'll be able to use Bluetooth headphones - the Nintendo Switch doesn't now support Bluetooth headphones. As we are just a few days away from the release of the game, the app has started to appear on Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store. No exact date has been announced, but when the service goes live a one-month subscription will cost $3.99, a three-month subscription will cost $7.99 and a year will cost $19.99.

This app is, of course, free to download and available now on the App Store, but Nintendo's online services are only free until 2018.

The Nintendo Switch app is a big change for Nintendo, but the company is still committed to doing things differently to its competitors.

I turned my phone screen back on and unlocked it, which deposited me right back in the Switch Online app. Voice chat returned.

The Nintendo Switch doesn't make you go through a lengthy start-up process filled with network management, update downloads, and bandwidth checks.

In addition, it's not possible to use other apps while a voice chat is in session, as leaving the Switch app breaks the connection and ends the voice chat.

The Japanese games giant has confirmed that the app will initially launch with a limited feature set and will be compatible with Splatoon 2.

Indeed, it's the first of its kind for Nintendo Switch, and shows that the platform holder is open to the idea of video apps, even without the full Online Service in place. However, the appeal of the Nintendo Switch is actually obvious the moment you turn it on.

There are definite positives to be found across the Nintendo Online app, from its basic design to the fun, promising game-specific features. The app shall then serve as the hub for interactive capabilities such as voice chat.

On top of that, you can't use any other apps while using Nintendo's app. No Netflix, no web browser, and no way to play games in a party chat with friends. And when I tried to create my own lobby, I quickly discovered that I was unable to invite friends from the app, with no clear feedback why.

  • Terrell Bush