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

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Splatoon 2 will be the first game to be served via the new online service, but for now, there's not much you can do other than download the app in preparation.

Trying to use the Nintenndo Switch Online app now provides a server maintenance error, which will probably last until around Splatoon 2's launch. Speaking of compatibility, Nintendo adds that Splatoon 2 is the only game now compatible with the service.

Also, remember that the online service of Nintendo will remain free until the end of this year. Everything from Skype to Discord to the built-in phone app on your smartphone lets you continue talking to others while doing other things with the phone. "Nintendo Switch Online" is the online service for Nintendo's latest console, which will become a paid service sometime in 2018.

It's the online service for Nintendo Switch, which is accessible through a mobile app.

The Splatoon 2 sub-pages, known as SplatNet 2, offer little to complain about.

Similarly, voice chat can only be used once you've entered the Online Lounge. You also can't switch out of the app to text or check something on the internet, or chat will be cut off.

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Grab it here for iOS (with support for both iPhone and iPad), and here for Android.

The app will be a crucial part of the Switch's online functionality from this point onwards, hence the app's launch before Friday's release of Splatoon 2.

Accessing voice chat will vary from game to game. You'll need to have the screen on, and the app given priority to talk with friends. For starters, the in-app voice chat lobby is presented with typical Nintendo verve.

For almost half a decade, Nintendo developed some of its most creative and exciting games for one of its biggest hardware failures.

I have to have the app open the whole time?

Build-your-own-Mario-game Super Mario Maker came to the 3DS in December, and earlier this year the gravity-defying Mario Kart 8 was ported to the Nintendo's massively popular Switch.

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