Nintendo to Debut 'Nintendo Switch Online' iOS App Alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21

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During a Nintendo Direct event this morning, Nintendo announced plans to release a new "Nintendo Switch Online" app on July 21, the release date for Splatoon 2. According to Nintendo, the Nintendo Switch Online app, available for iOS and Android, is designed to "enhance your online experience for compatible games on the Nintendo Switch console."

At launch, the only game compatible with the Nintendo Switch Online app will be Splatoon 2. The app will let users voice chat with friends, invite people to online matches, create teams, and access SplatNet 2. SplatNet2 offers up online play statistics and info on upcoming game features.

The debut of the app means Splatoon 2 and other games are unlikely to have built-in voice chat capabilities, instead requiring the separate app, but Nintendo has been promoting an upcoming headset accessory from Hori that will combine audio from the iPhone and the Nintendo Switch for a more seamless play experience.

Nintendo Switch Online for iOS will let you invite friends with Splatoon 2 to Private Battles, League Battles, and Splatfest Battles across social media and "other services," and it will support push notifications for instant alerts when an invite is received.

Though the app will launch with limited functionality, it will expand to encompass other games as Nintendo builds out its Nintendo Switch Online service.

The app's functionality and the Splatoon 2 online play will be available for free until the full Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. Following the launch of Nintendo Switch Online, most games with online gameplay will require an ongoing subscription. Nintendo Switch Online will cost $19.99 per year or $3.99 per month with a monthly subscription.

Article Link: Nintendo to Debut 'Nintendo Switch Online' iOS App Alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21
 

Tubamajuba

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I'm indifferent about voice chat, but excited about Splatoon 2! I just hope I don't have as many connection issues as I had during the testfire.
 

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I really think Nintendo has lost their way... a separate app on a separate device for something as basic as chat? Really?
If you actually followed the links in the article, you'd find out that this is not simply a chat app.

It's more like a facebook-type app for Splatoon fans who are away from their console.

You can view a history of your last 50 battles, see the weapons and strategies other people used, 'buy' online things like hats, clothes, shoes, etc. to change your appearance (from coins you got in battle). Invite others to play with you at a time and date in the future. See others in your area that are playing.... and join with them. Only ONE of the features is ability to chat together.
 
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You can view a history of your last 50 battles, see the weapons and strategies other people used, 'buy' online things like hats, clothes, shoes, etc. to change your appearance (from coins you got in battle). Invite others to play with you at a time and date in the future. See others in your area that are playing.... and join with them. Only ONE of the features is ability to chat together.
Fair enough... but it seems like all of that should be available through the Switch itself. Multiplayer computer-based games have offered chat and other interactive features, in one form or another, directly through the games themselves for the past 15 years.
 

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That's great! Now only if one could find a Nintendo Switch to buy... :rolleyes:
Best bet is to order from GameStop. I looked for a few weeks, then placed an order there. Had my system delivered in less than 10 days. Granted, they are offering bundles, generally. But I found one that had what we wanted and nothing else. There's one there now, due for release the end of next week.

http://www.gamestop.com/nintendo-switch/consoles/nintendo-switch-w-gray-joy-con-ultimate-fan-bundle-ships-by-7-14-17/150459
 
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I really think Nintendo has lost their way... a separate app on a separate device for something as basic as chat? Really?
What is Nintendo's way?

This is the first time Nintendo has ever offered chat at all.

Historically, Nintendo's way has been to protect their young fan base from any profanity of older players. They did so by just completely blocking any freeform communication in the few online-multiplayer games they've released over the past decade.

This is the first time they're taking a different approach to the problem. Their thought is that their younger players, the ones who are being shielded from the world of profanity by their parents, don't have access to smartphones, thus can't use this solution to communicate in the game.

On the flip side, older players who are no longer shielded do have smartphones, so can use this solution to communicate in the game.

Win-win-win. Parents can still shield their children (whether that's worth doing is up to the parent and not your or my choice to make). Younger players can still play on line. Older players can communicate with each other within the game, exactly what they've been complaining that they can't do in Nintendo games for the past 10 years.

Nintendo hasn't lost their way. They've finally found their way in the world of online gaming. Maybe. We'll see. They certainly didn't know what they were doing for the past 10 years on this front.
 

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I really think Nintendo has lost their way... a separate app on a separate device for something as basic as chat? Really?
Yes, and it's actually an interesting idea considering a portable console.
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What is Nintendo's way?

This is the first time Nintendo has ever offered chat at all.

Historically, Nintendo's way has been to protect their young fan base from any profanity of older players. They did so by just completely blocking any freeform communication in the few online-multiplayer games they've released over the past decade.

This is the first time they're taking a different approach to the problem. Their thought is that their younger players, the ones who are being shielded from the world of profanity by their parents, don't have access to smartphones, thus can't use this solution to communicate in the game.

On the flip side, older players who are no longer shielded do have smartphones, so can use this solution to communicate in the game.

Win-win-win. Parents can still shield their children (whether that's worth doing is up to the parent and not your or my choice to make). Younger players can still play on line. Older players can communicate with each other within the game, exactly what they've been complaining that they can't do in Nintendo games for the past 10 years.

Nintendo hasn't lost their way. They've finally found their way in the world of online gaming. Maybe. We'll see. They certainly didn't know what they were doing for the past 10 years on this front.
This is not the first time they've offered chat. They've had it as long ago as 2004 on the Nintendo DS.
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Fair enough... but it seems like all of that should be available through the Switch itself. Multiplayer computer-based games have offered chat and other interactive features, in one form or another, directly through the games themselves for the past 15 years.
Decoupling this from the console makes a ton of sense, primarily because it's portable.
 
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Yes, and it's actually an interesting idea considering a portable console.
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This is not the first time they've offered chat. They've had it as long ago as 2004 on the Nintendo DS.
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Decoupling this from the console makes a ton of sense, primarily because it's portable.
It does not make any sense whatsoever to have a gaming device in one hand and a phone in the other just to talk to the people you are playing the game with.

I've already sold 1 of my switch consoles and plan to keep the other only for Mario.

No browser, no apps of any kind, no chat, no achievements, no pre downloading of software, no clock face screensaver while charging, no themes, only 3 new AAA games( it's still early but there is virtually no third party support other than FIFA), non transferable save data, still using ancient friend code crap. I'm sure I've left out a lot of missing features that one would have expected in a gaming console from 2010. Oh yeah, NO VIRTUAL CONSOLE.

I've pretty much lost hope that Nintendo will ever tell switch owners about what is coming. The lack of communication from Nintendo is very telling, they don't have a clue what they are doing.



Edit: I am excited for sonic mania and this "core" Pokémon game. I know the Pokémon game will not be what I want either though, I've come to expect disappointing news when it comes to console pokemon. Probably just stadium 3 or worse than that, pokemon snap 2.
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Not a game I'm interested in at all. Gladly pay 20.00 a year to play classics though.
Everything Nintendo has said about those remastered classics only makes me think there will not be a catalogue of games to pick from, just the flavor of the month and that's it.
 
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I really think Nintendo has lost their way... a separate app on a separate device for something as basic as chat? Really?
Steam (and perhaps Playstation?) has done something like this too, having a "chat and look at your catalog" app on iOS. I don't see much point in it.
 

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It does not make any sense whatsoever to have a gaming device in one hand and a phone in the other just to talk to the people you are playing the game with.

I've already sold 1 of my switch consoles and plan to keep the other only for Mario.

No browser, no apps of any kind, no chat, no achievements, no pre downloading of software, no clock face screensaver while charging, no themes, only 3 new AAA games( it's still early but there is virtually no third party support other than FIFA), non transferable save data, still using ancient friend code crap. I'm sure I've left out a lot of missing features that one would have expected in a gaming console from 2010. Oh yeah, NO VIRTUAL CONSOLE.

I've pretty much lost hope that Nintendo will ever tell switch owners about what is coming. The lack of communication from Nintendo is very telling, they don't have a clue what they are doing.
You complain yet apparently you bought 2 switch consoles?

I don't really mind their "chat" options. it's how i play games anyway. Just call a friend through FT Audio or Messenger and that's how we play.
 

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What is Nintendo's way?

This is the first time Nintendo has ever offered chat at all.

Historically, Nintendo's way has been to protect their young fan base from any profanity of older players. They did so by just completely blocking any freeform communication in the few online-multiplayer games they've released over the past decade.

This is the first time they're taking a different approach to the problem. Their thought is that their younger players, the ones who are being shielded from the world of profanity by their parents, don't have access to smartphones, thus can't use this solution to communicate in the game.

On the flip side, older players who are no longer shielded do have smartphones, so can use this solution to communicate in the game.

Win-win-win. Parents can still shield their children (whether that's worth doing is up to the parent and not your or my choice to make). Younger players can still play on line. Older players can communicate with each other within the game, exactly what they've been complaining that they can't do in Nintendo games for the past 10 years.

Nintendo hasn't lost their way. They've finally found their way in the world of online gaming. Maybe. We'll see. They certainly didn't know what they were doing for the past 10 years on this front.
Completely agree that this is most likely the reason that Nintendo choose this method for in game chat. Had same thought when I first heard about it and thought it was a good example of 'out of the box' thinking :)

That Hori device looks like the sort of thing I wished existed years ago when wanting to listen to music from my iPod while still wanting to hear the sound from the game I was playing on my DS and wanting to hear/answer my phone when it rings. Or even listening to my iPod but playing with my first iPhone (3GS) cause my music collection was too big for the phone.

Nowadays of course I would prefer a wireless solution (especially having an iPhone 7+) - would be fantastic if I could connect my W1 enabled headphones to my Switch at same time as my iPhone.
 

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Steam (and perhaps Playstation?) has done something like this too, having a "chat and look at your catalog" app on iOS. I don't see much point in it.
Microsoft has an Xbox app as well, but it's only use is making a purchase and starting a download.
You complain yet apparently you bought 2 switch consoles?

I don't really mind their "chat" options. it's how i play games anyway. Just call a friend through FT Audio or Messenger and that's how we play.
Thats not how I play and not how any of my friends play. I guess since I bought 2 switch consoles I should just blindly love them? I bought 2 because I had the ability, you would think that would give me the right to complain about missing features.

Everyone claims this crappy chat app is for the children, well most children I know who play Nintendo games don't even have a phone in the first place. I don't hear profanity on my Xbox, I start a party with the friends I want to talk to, it's not like it has to be a public chat.
 
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Everyone claims this crappy chat app is for the children, well most children I know who play Nintendo games don't even have a phone in the first place. I don't hear profanity on my Xbox, I start a party with the friends I want to talk to, it's not like it has to be a public chat.
Comprehension failure on your part I'm afraid.. we are saying that most children *not* having a mobile phone is why Nintendo has chosen to do things this way.

I don't hear profanity on my Xbox
Good for you. Your experience does not reflect that of the entire gaming population.
 

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This is not the first time they've offered chat. They've had it as long ago as 2004 on the Nintendo DS.
Sorry, I only have experience with Nintendo's consoles, not their portables (unless you count the Switch.) Even so, I'd be quite surprised if there were any games published by Nintendo which allowed players to chat with strangers.
 

WRChris

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Comprehension failure on your part I'm afraid.. we are saying that most children *not* having a mobile phone is why Nintendo has chosen to do things this way.



Good for you. Your experience does not reflect that of the entire gaming population.
Really? What are you doing to hear profanity? I play a lot and the only time I hear anyone is when I start a party

I comprehend that you think the service will be a way to trash talk each other and putting the service on a separate device will save the children...it won't
 

Purple Pear

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Really? What are you doing to hear profanity? I play a lot and the only time I hear anyone is when I start a party
I'm not hearing profanity, I don't play online games with chat features very often. I merely stated something that should be fairly obvious - just because you personally have not had this issue does not mean that it has not been a problem that needed consideration. https://www.google.co.uk/#q=online+gaming+profanity

I comprehend that you think the service will be a way to trash talk each other and putting the service on a separate device will save the children...it won't
Wrong again, I just said that I believe it is [at least part of] the reason Nintendo has chosen to do things this way. I did not say it was perfect however I do think it is a reasonable way of minimising the exposure.
 

WRChris

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I'm not hearing profanity, I don't play online games with chat features very often. I merely stated something that should be fairly obvious - just because you personally have not had this issue does not mean that it has not been a problem that needed consideration. https://www.google.co.uk/#q=online+gaming+profanity



Wrong again, I just said that I believe it is [at least part of] the reason Nintendo has chosen to do things this way. I did not say it was perfect however I do think it is a reasonable way of minimising the exposure.
No **** Sherlock, it is obvious and didn't think there was a need to clarify. I wasn't wrong either, thats exactly what you said I couldn't comprehend and now it's "not perfect" but reasonable. It's not reasonable

It seems like you just want to be right and that's all that matters to you! How are you enjoying your switch?