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Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online is the only way to get voice chat for supported Switch games, such as Splatoon 2.

Nintendo has released it's companion app for the Switch that allows for voice chat and other features

Nintendo Switch Online

by Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Get exclusive gear
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online
FREE in the App Store

Nintendo has released it's companion app for the Switch that allows for voice chat and other features. Does it live up to our expectations?

Get exclusive gear. For Splatoon 2, players can check out SplatNet for some exclusive merchandise that you can order and then purchase in the Murch store in the game. These are unique items that you can't get anywhere else, and they update often so make sure to check back.

Get exclusive gear
Voice chat with friends

Voice chat with friends. The Nintendo Switch Online app brings voice chat to Nintendo Switch games. For Splatoon 2, this means private games only right now, and you have to invite friends manually. There's no way to chat with random people you join online unless they're on your friends list.

View your stats. Nintendo Switch Online provides players access to their game profiles. In Splatoon 2, you can see your lifetime inkage, battle records, favorite weapon stats, the current stages for each game mode, and more. Take advantage of this to get the most out of your Splatoon 2 experience.

View your stats

What is it about?

In terms of design, Nintendo did a good job with the aesthetics of the app. It features a simple grid layout on the main screen where you can pick from game-specific services for supported titles. At the moment, the only option is _Splatoon 2_’s SplatNet. When you view SplatNet, you’re greeted with colorful cards that show off your stats, and there’s a few different sections that you can access with the toolbar menu at the bottom. While SplatNet is all that’s available right now, it seems that the Nintendo Switch Online app takes on the font style of whatever game you want to access. Accessing the different screens in the in-game service is just done with a tap, and returning to the main screen of the app just needs a tap on the “X” in the corner.

App Details

Last updated
March 10, 2020
Release date
July 10, 2017
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App Store Description

The Nintendo Switch Online app enhances your online gameplay experience on your Nintendo Switch™ system. You can use voice chat while playing compatible games—and check game-specific services even when you're not playing with your Nintendo Switch.

◆ Use voice chat during online play

Now even more software supports voice chat!

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 games that support the Online Lounge feature, you can invite friends to play with you via social media, like Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can easily invite your Nintendo Switch friends too!

Note: To use these services, you will need Nintendo Switch software that is compatible with this app. You can check the current list of voice-chat-compatible software within the app. (Even more software will be added in the future!)

◆ Access game-specific services

You can use these services to view vital information related to the supported software! You will also have access to a variety of features that will help take your online gameplay experience to the next level.

・ Software with game-specific services:

 ・ Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate
   ・ View posted videos and images
   ・ Queue up user-created stages for download to your game
   ・ View notifications about upcoming events
   ...And more!

 ・ Splatoon™ 2
   ・ Check rankings and stage schedules
   ・ View detailed results from battles or Salmon Run
   ...And more!

● Nintendo Account age 13+ required to access online features.
● Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) required to use certain features.
● Nintendo Switch system and compatible Nintendo Switch software required to use voice chat and other features.
● Compatible smartphone required.
● Persistent Internet connection required.
● Data charges may apply.
● May include advertising.

Nintendo Switch Online is not available in all countries. Terms apply. Visit for more information.

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