■ SplatNet 3, a game-specific service for Splatoon 3, has now been added. ■
The Nintendo Switch Online app is designed to help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch™. With this app, you can use voice chat while gaming, see whether your friends are online and use game-specific services!
Game-specific services are currently available for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2.
A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use this app.
◆ An introduction to game-specific services
・ Animal Crossing: New Horizons
・ Send custom designs created in Animal Crossing games on Nintendo 3DS to Animal Crossing: New Horizons
・ Use your smart device to send messages that appear in-game
・ View the online status of your Best Friends
・ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
・ View posted images and videos
・ Queue downloads of user-created stages to play them in your copy of the game
・ Receive notifications about upcoming events
・ Splatoon 2
・ Check leaderboards and map schedules
・ View your battle and Salmon Run stats
◆ Checking the online status of friends
You can use your smart device to check whether your friends are online. You'll also be able to check what games your online friends are playing!
*You will need to use your Nintendo Switch console to add friends and configure other friend settings.
◆ Using voice chat while gaming
When playing online in supported games, you can use voice chat with your friends via this app. How you use voice chat depends on the game and mode you're using - for example, when you split into teams in Splatoon 2, you can choose to use voice chat just with your team members so that friends on the other team won't know your next move.
● A Nintendo Switch console and supported software are required to use this app's services.
● A paid membership to Nintendo Switch Online is required to play online in some Nintendo Switch software and to use some of this app's features.
● You must have a Nintendo Account for ages 13 and up in order to use some of this app's features, including voice chat.
● Permanent internet connection required for use.
● May contain advertisements and product placement.
● iOS version 14.0 or higher is required to use this app.
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・ You can now send friend requests via friend code.
Note: Users must use a Nintendo Switch console to respond to friend requests.
・ You can now copy your friend code as a URL and/or save it as a QR Code. You can receive friend requests from anyone with whom you share the URL or QR Code.
・ Various other small changes have also been made.
・ The required iOS version has changed. You now need iOS version 14.0 or later to use this app.
Ratings and Reviews
Improvement needed, what could be better
I only use this app for animal crossing and it does make it a lot easier to text, that being said it’d be nice to see some other features with the animal crossing game. Maybe the option to receive notifications when your best friends are online? I’d personally appreciate that i’m not sure about other people.
I’ve not used the voice chat option yet but i do wish that you could just use your switch for the voice chat instead of a separate app on your phone because it just makes things more of a hassle and you might as well just facetime someone so it’s almost useless.
There are a lot of improvements that could be made to this app and I really hope in future that the app gets better
Make the App Available To International Players
Given that ACNH sold 33m copies worldwide, why is this app only available on selected countries’ App Stores?
Please make it available worldwide. It’s not only a few countries that have people playing ACNH. We have humans playing ACNH in other parts of the world too, and we love ACNH as well! So please make it happen!
If possible, make the Nintendo e-shop international too. International digital shopping can now be done in this era, so why limit your e-shop to just some countries when you have players all over the world? If countries are too small, maybe you can consider grouping under a geographical subregion/area e-shop instead of a country e-shop?
Doesn’t work or have a good support system
I only rated this two stars because I can use the app for Animal Crossing. However, I also have Splatoon 2 and this doesn’t show up on the app meaning I can’t access the Splatnet (which is a valuable resource) or see my battle record. Super Smash Bros is also on the app despite the fact that I don’t have it. I’ve looked online and seen that others also have this issue. Where they only have ssb and acnh even if they only have one or none of the software.
There isn’t a functional way of asking for support as far as I can tell. You can search the existing forums and ask a question to the general public but you can’t directly ask a Nintendo employee for help. This seems like a flaw to me.
I like the idea of the app, but it doesn’t actually work. Please fix this.
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