Invites & voice chat drops July 21 alongside Splatoon 2


The Splatnet website has been folded into the Nintendo Switch online app, which will launch on July 21 with the game. You just pledge your loyalty to one of the two options - in this case, decadent cake or delicious ice cream - then engage in glorious Turf War combat while representing your team (with a special T-shirt, even).

For Nintendo Switch owners, this will be their first chance to try out the Nintendo Switch Online app and service, which will be free until sometime next year. With a delayed release timeframe and a headset for voice chat, we didn't know what to expect at launch.

The companion app is among Nintendo's first smartphone releases, following the launch of the Switch's parental control app and mobile games such as Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes.

That's where Splatoon 2's game modes come in. This section will keep you updated on stage schedules for ranked matches, allow you to set up matches with your friends, communicate, check out your stats for your last 50 matches and watch your lifetime inkage. Players can check to see which real life monuments they could have covered with all of their ink. Summer 2017 gets players into some wild fun with Splatoon 2, the sequel to the hit third-person, team-based shooter. You'll also be able to send sweet in-game gear from the app to your game. Did we mention the new idols, too?

Will you be signing up for Nintendo Switch Online when the pair service arrives in 2018?

During today's Nintendo Direct, Splatoon 2 showcased a mobile feature called SplatNet 2.