Nintendo Switch Online App Going Live July 21st (App available for download now)

Nintendo’s half baked online voice chat solution is almost upon us! The app is now available for download and according to Nintendo the functionality will go live on july 21st. For those that aren’t already aware; Nintendo has decided to use your smartphone for voice chatting when playing online. That’s right! In 2017, Nintendo’s solution for voice chat is essentially using Whatsapp to talk to your friends. According to Nintendo, you will not be able to use any other apps on your phone while using voice chat and if you receive or make a call, voice chat will be suspended. We understand the logic of this decision from a mobility stand point however, this voice chat app should have been an option and not a requirement. This application is proof once again that Nintendo has no true interest in their network competing with XBOX Live or PSN but I digress, for those that have been waiting for the app and have accepted its short comings, check out the details below:

Online Play on Nintendo Switch

You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play is free for Nintendo Account holders until our paid online service launches in 2018.

After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online. Currently the free-trial, the paid service, and online play (for applicable modes in compatible games) will be available for customers in the US, Canada, and Mexico. For the latest list of countries, please visit Customer Support.

This service is only for Nintendo Switch. It does not affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems or online play.

Nintendo Switch Online app

The Nintendo Switch Online smart device app is designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games on the Nintendo Switch™ console.

This app will initially launch with a limited feature set and will be compatible with the Splatoon™ 2 game.

Splatnet 2 screenshot

Link to compatible games

In Splatoon 2, the app will give you access to SplatNet 2, where you can see your online battle stats, your gear, and much more. See details here.

Invite friends and voice chat during games

With the app, you can send online play invitations to players on your Nintendo Switch system’s friend list. The app also lets you quickly send invites via social networks and messaging services. When you’re invited to a game, you’ll get notified right away via a push notification on your smart device.

Once players are connected, you can use voice chat openly with friends while in the online lobby and during online play (depending on the game).

Compatible smart device and persistent Internet access required. Data charges may apply.

Coming in 2018

Classic Game Selection*

Subscribers will get to download a compilation of classic titles with added online play, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.

Super Mario Bros. 3 screenshot Balloon Fight screenshot Dr. Mario screenshot

Games featured rated:  ESRB rated E

*Product name subject to change.


1-Month Membership
$3.99 (USD)
3-Month Membership
$7.99 (USD)
12-Month Membership
$19.99 (USD)

Prices listed are in U.S. dollars and do not include tax. Pricing for additional countries will be announced closer to the launch of the service.

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