Nintendo Switch Application Launches for iOS and Android

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Just prior to the release of Splatoon 2, the Nintendo Switch Online app is now available to download for iOS and Android users.

If you're itching to play more Splatoon 2 with friends offline, you'll have to wait awhile since there have been no additional demos just yet. If you want to switch away to check an e-mail, text message, or Twitter thread between matches or respawns, though, be prepared to temporarily lose your voice connection to fellow players in the lobby while you do. Games who will come with built in support will tap the Nintendo app online.

Voice chat will only work under two conditions: while you're actually playing the supported game, and while you have both your mobile device's screen on and the app open.

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How do I join my online friends using the app?

It sounded fine. Kellen and I sit next to each other, so I heard a little bit of myself, but the audio quality is decent and does an OK job of filtering out ambient noise. It once again smacked of Nintendo either fundamentally misunderstanding the hows and whys of online play, or of so desperately wanting to shield its younger audience from harm that it wasn't even prepared to offer much-requested online features on its own console. As ever, you've got a choice in your controls between motion-enabled aiming or the standard button-related rigmarole for first-person shooters. Tethering voice chat and other online services to your phone means you've also got that battery to worry about. Lots of paint. It's a classic Nintendo take on the shoot 'em up formula; replacing realistic warfare and real life weaponry for playful equivalents that fire out globs of colourful splosh which help you win whichever game mode you're playing.

This is dumb. This whole setup is so very, very dumb.

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 app now supports English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian, Portuguese and Italian, according to GameSpot. That may or may not fix this issue. What a awful setup.