The Nintendo Switch Online app enhances your online gameplay experience on your Nintendo Switch™ system. You can use voice chat while playing compatible games—and check game-specific services even when you're not playing with your Nintendo Switch.
◆ Use voice chat during online play
A number of games support voice chat!
You can enjoy voice chat in different ways depending on the type of game you're playing. Chat with everyone in your room, or split voice chat into teams and have it out head-to-head!
Note: To use these services, you will need Nintendo Switch software that is compatible with this app. You can check the current list of voice-chat-compatible software within the app. (Even more software will be added in the future!)
◆ Access game-specific services
You can use these services to view helpful information related to the supported software! You will also have access to a variety of features that will help take your online gameplay experience to the next level.
・ Software with game-specific services:
・ Animal Crossing™: New Horizons
・ Send custom designs made in Animal Crossing
titles for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems to
Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
・ Use your smartphone to input chat messages
for in-game communication.
・ Check whether your Best Friends are online.
・ Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate
・ View posted videos and images
・ Queue up user-created stages for download to your game
・ View notifications about upcoming events
・ Splatoon™ 2
・ Check rankings and stage schedules
・ View detailed results from battles or Salmon Run
● Nintendo Account age 13+ required to access some online features, including voice chat.
● Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) required to use certain features.
● Nintendo Switch system and compatible Nintendo Switch software required to use voice chat and other features.
● Compatible smartphone required.
● Persistent Internet connection required.
● Data charges may apply.
● May include advertising.
Nintendo Switch Online is not available in all countries. Terms apply. Visit www.nintendo.com/switch-online for more information.
- Game-specific services now available to all Nintendo Accounts (some restrictions for features like voice chat still apply).
- Option for voice-chat alerts added under Voice-Chat Settings in the in-app settings.
- Bug fixes implemented.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs some work...
So, as we all know, Nintendo has had some questionable game experiences as with their past online gaming qualities. But, there’s a lot of things that should be fixed about this app and just the service. But, I am talking about the app, not the service. Anyway, voice chat. There is a possible way to make this better: Allow us to use a headset via the headphone jack, implement a audio jack in the Switch Pro Controller. You get the idea. Also, if you have the app and you enter a game that is supported, you can replace voice chat with an actual chat; and other people can chat with a headset. Here’s another idea...another chat function. It would be nice if through this app you could chat to your friends...especially for Animal Crossing, as you have codes. It would also be just convenient. Most of the previous features are only here for convenience. “Everybody relies on and uses their phone, so why not implement a voice chat system in the app?” Other things I think are useful, but my list of possible things they could change could work if applied.
Nintendo Switch online is a joke.
This app is only functional if you have certain apps, so it is unusable if you don’t shell out 80 bucks for the “service” and the game. Not only is 20 a year bad for some people, but online used to be FREE. That’s right, the online used to be free. I was playing splatoon 2 a week before the release of Online and every single post was saying goodbye to free online. NOBODY was happy to see it. Not only that, the DS, 3DS, and the Wii and Wii U had everything Nintendo Switch Online does, built in for free! Free online on the previous consoles! This “service” proves that you are moving backwards, not forwards! And to add insult to injury, you treat it like we LOVE it, when we hate it. You celebrate its birthday when we dreaded it. We are forced to use a small library of selected NES and SNES games, while the Wii and Wii U had virtual console which has almost every old game on it, and you could choose what you want! Also, the online is t even good. Smash bros is nearly unplayable but Mario maker 2 is even worse! 9 out of 10 games of multiplayer lag so hard people give up, and now people don't really use the online mode. $20 a year for disfunctional online and picky voice chat is disgraceful. The Nintendo Switch Online “service” is absolutely terrible, and it makes me want to boycott you! Shame on you Nintendo, shame on you for making us pay for communication!
More use for games it’s designed for
I really do like the spirit team creation features for ultimate and the recording side for splatoon but if this review get in the app developers hands I would recommend having more immersive features added for support for the games like guides or character stats or how in game tip are read through loading screen as well as update history so it’s one place they can quickly access instead of going to a website and waiting for people to sift through it and for spirit team building it would be helpful for it to display descriptions on what the effects do and if they stack or not and I would suggest that for any games that are supported by this app if DLC is made available details can be seen through the app as well as game purchase like how on the console you a wishlist or prepurchase option it’d be convenient if the eshop and its contents are visible through the app just like how Sony and Microsoft do with their apps in relation to their platforms you can buy the games and dlc using a mobile cellular device without being restricted of not have WiFi connections to make purchases for the console whether you have it in your hand or not
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- Nintendo Co., Ltd.
- 141.6 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 12+ Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2017 Nintendo Co., Ltd.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.