Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS finally coming 21 July

Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS finally coming 21 July

Nintendo Switch fans will get their first look at the console's new mobile companion app starting July 21, the company revealed on Thursday.

Splatoon 2 releases on July 21st for Nintendo Switch.

The goal of the app, per Nintendo's website, is to enhance the online experience for compatible Switch games.

Nintendo had one last Nintendo Direct today focusing on Splatoon 2 before it launches.

"The app will let you chat with friends in your online lobby before your game begins, then talk to your teammates to coordinate strategy once the game begins", the announcement says.

As we've long known, Nintendo is foregoing voice chat on Switch.

Splatoon 2's Splatfests are kicking off before the game even launches.

Using the app, you'll be able to send invites via social media networks and messaging services which actually sounds interesting.

In 2018, Nintendo plans to begin charging an annual fee of $19.99 United States dollars (about $24 CAD) to play games online.

More surprisingly, the first Splatfest will take place before the game's release, in the form of a final timed demo. Here are the Wii U games that must come to Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Online will cost $19.99 per year, $7.99 for three months, or $3.99 per month. Hopefully Nintendo will be able to work out any bugs quickly so it can offer additional services to gamers soon. Unfortunately, gamers won't have access to the free games coming with the service until the paid version launches.

Nintendo talked about Splatoon 2 at the Nintendo Direct event in great detail.

The app will also allow users to invite players to join Private Battles and communicate with those players using voice chat.

The Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere is a free demo on the Nintendo eShop.

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