Nintendo's Switch Online companion app is now available for iOS

Then - switching over to his phone - he used the app to invite me. But if your friends don't really like installing new apps, you'll also be able to send a message on Whatsapp, Messenger, Line and more. The classic game's second version will be much bigger and offer more excitement. This game will sell Switches. So expect a lot of Splatoon 2 auto-generated Facebook posts and tweets appearing after the game launches on July 21.

Unexpectedly, there's no way to communicate with anyone on your friends list in the app unless a lobby has been created in-game.

Since online party chat has been essentially perfected since the early days of Xbox Live, with even the original Xbox allowing in-game voice chat by simply plugging a headset into the memory card port of your controller.

Who knows the mind of Nintendo, but we can speculate a bit, like noticing that smartphones are vastly better at being general social engagement hubs than gamepads interfacing with consoles. Whenever you speak, pulses ripple outward on-screen.

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If you loved Turf War and Ranked matches in the first Splatoon, you'll continue to love them in Splatoon 2, where new weapon types such as the Splat Duelies and updates to old friends like the Roller help spice up the competition as you ink your way across new and old Turf.

For now, the servers are under maintenance, so you will not be able to do much. In our two-player case though, that meant three minutes of absolute silence with only the occasional sploosh to break up the tension.

The Nintendo Switch Online app won't actually work on all Switch games. Navigating the app, and switching your focus back and forth between your smartphone and console is as annoying as it is cumbersome. Chat with everyone in your room or split voice chat into teams and have it out head-to-head! The app is, in other words, extraordinarily limited. You can use SplatNet 2 to check all sorts of vital battle-related information, including match results, stages, and rankings!

You can imagine there being alternative portals for other games, perhaps something in the offing for fist-flinging fighter Arms, or maybe Pokkén Tournament DX when that arrives on September 22, or whatever else down the pike warrants distinctive, cordoned-off features.

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