The Nintendo Switch Online App Just Hit the App Store

You can download it from the respective app stores although the servers and, therefore, features are now unavailable.

While there's not a whole lot you can do with the Switch Online app right now, here's a quick overview of how it works. However, once the app launches, games with online gameplay will collect annual subscription. But think about the curious ways Nintendo has been drawing together its mobile apps, Switch games, master account system and rewards program.

Also, remember that the online service of Nintendo will remain free until the end of this year. When Splatoon 2 is out in the wild, the app will show play history and statistics.

Fortunately, Nintendo has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide for the app, so what's some of the more pertinent information you should know?

Good news: It costs a grand total of $0 until 2018. The company plans to charge $20 per year to access multiplayer modes and download classic games starting next year.

For better or worse, the Nintendo Switch Online app is coming on July 21 to smartphones everywhere. As a result, it's rare to find players using voice chat in online Nintendo games.

When Nintendo first introduced the Nintendo Switch, the company said that numerous social features for online multiplayer would work through a smartphone app.

When I tested the app with Patricia Hernandez, I found the chatting itself to be fine. The latest addition to the Switch collection is created to enhance every user's online experience while playing compatible games on the #Nintendo Switch console. That should all change come Friday when the Nintendo's free Switch Online app is released for iOS and Android, but we'll have to wait and see.

Past Nintendo consoles have had an equally hard relationship with voice chat. As everyone feared, the app is also going to handle voice chat.

Users will be able to connect their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts to the Switch Online app. You can't start a voice chat without starting a game first, which seems like a odd limitation.

You'll need both the game you're playing and your phone for this.

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