Nintendo Switch voice chat app stumbles out of the gate

Nintendo Switch voice chat app stumbles out of the gate

The app is available to download now, but won't be of much use until Splatoon 2 is released Friday. Thankfully, we've got you covered on the basics. Of course, you can easily invite your Nintendo Switch friends, too! If you want to understand what it's up to and why it does what it does, start there, not this reflexive apples-oranges analogizing with other game platforms and services, which have different ambitions.

Voice chat will only work under two conditions: while you're actually playing the supported game, and while you have both your mobile device's screen on and the app open. The app, which is required to chat with friends in parties in online games like Splatoon 2, launched today to strong frustration from the community. Later, in 2018, the company will offer a subscription that will allow you to play online and have continuous access to a collection of classic games.

You can imagine there being alternative portals for other games, perhaps something in the offing for fist-flinging fighter Arms, or maybe Pokkén Tournament DX when that arrives on September 22, or whatever else down the pike warrants distinctive, cordoned-off features.

Nintendo has launched a companion iOS app for its Switch console, aimed at improving the gaming experience by making it more social.

I have no doubt that Nintendo will rigorously update the app over the coming months.




Satisfied that things were working, I tapped the power button on my Android phone to conserve juice while we played a private match.

Splatoon 2 will indeed have local multiplayer, according to Nintendo's website.

Splatoon 2' voice chat leaves us asking: What exactly is Nintendo smoking?

The game upgrades include a brand-new cooperative horde mode. However, once the app launches, games with online gameplay will collect annual subscription. Once you've done that, send a notification to your phone.

Voice chat kicked in as soon as I joined. When your friend's made a room and invited you in, you'll get a notification. It would be just as easy for players to call each other on Skype or Teamspeak or whatever they did when they played the original, completely voice-less Splatoon.

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