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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
December 6, 2017
Release date
July 10, 2017
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App Store Description

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

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