Last Tuesday, Nintendo launched an app for its new Nintendo Switch system for iOS, which will offer users of the system access to online gaming services, social networking, in-game voice chat and the occasional novelty. This app is called Nintendo Switch Online.
Nintendo Switch Online
The application launched by the children of Nintendo has very clear aims, and these are to improve the experience in terms of gameplay, as well as gradually add special features and services that make the system much more social and, of course, offer an experience as complete as possible.
For example, Splatoon 2 will take advantage of these new features added by the Nintendo Switch Online App to allow access to SplatNet 2’s lobby, where players can set up and invite other users to play, as well as check game scores, stages and rankings.
Another important aspect to highlight is that, as we said before, the App will bring voice chat service in games, something that we can enjoy using a connected headset.
We see how Nintendo Switch is slowly taking shape, as this last feature was being highly demanded by its users, as it is a key feature for online gameplay.
Nintendo Switch Online
Again, with regard to the voice chat feature, Nintendo has explained that it will work in different ways depending on the game we’re playing. For example, if it is a cooperative game, all players could be included in the same chat room, while if the game is based on team competition, the audio in these chats could be divided into several rooms, each one referring to each team of participants.
In addition, the company that created Mario Bros. plans to market an audio accessory that would combine the audio input of our iPhone and the Switch in the same earpiece, so that users can listen to chat communications and, at the same time, the sound of the game. This is an accessory that, personally, I think is very promising, as it would give the console even more potential.
Another feature we mentioned earlier is turning our console into a social space, while we play. With this new App users will be able to invite their friends to join the games through social platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
As good news, or as bad, depending on the perspective in which we look at it, is that we can enjoy these services online for free until the new payment policy comes into effect, which presumably will be from 2018 at a cost of $ 20.
To enjoy this service, Nintendo Switch users will only need to download the application and register with their existing Nintendo account.
Originally, Nintendo had planned to release Switch Online this Friday to coincide with the release of Splatoon 2, but the company seems to be working on some server-related errors; therefore, the service is not yet available at the time of writing, although we recommend that you keep an eye out for changes in availability in the next few hours.
As far as application compatibility is concerned, we have to refer to devices with iOS 9.0 or later versions, therefore, iPhone 4 is out of this list. The new Nintendo Switch application will be available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
To download the new application click here and it will take you directly to the App Store.
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