Most of you probably saw nonsense like this coming as soon as Nintendo confirmed that Switch online services would be relegated to an Android or iOS app. The app and online play are free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. GameSpot's Splatoon 2 review scored it an 8/10. But if your friends don't really like installing new apps, you'll also be able to send a message on Whatsapp, Messenger, Line and more.
When I tested the app with Patricia Hernandez, I found the chatting itself to be fine. Invites will appear as a notification on your phone, so long as you have the app installed. If this keeps happening, we're gonna have to block you from playing online for a while. 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. When Splatoon 2 is out in the wild, the app will show play history and statistics.
What does the application offer, in addition to voice chat? However, once the app launches, games with online gameplay will collect annual subscription. But can you use voice chat outside of compatible games though?
Many Nintendo fans were disappointed by the fact that they would have to use a smartphone app to engage in voice chat, rather than a traditional headset. Splatoon 2 will be supported via SplatNet 2, allowing you to view stats for past online matches, single-player records, and rankings.
That though is about the only real positive with the Nintendo Online service right now.
Voice chat kicked in as soon as I joined.
Disappointingly too, it seems that it's only possible to create voice chat lobbies for Private Battle at present, and there's no obvious way to team up with a friend and voice chat during a Turf War free-for-all, for instance. Lots of paint. It's a classic Nintendo take on the shoot 'em up formula; replacing realistic warfare and real life weaponry for playful equivalents that fire out globs of colourful splosh which help you win whichever game mode you're playing.
Whether Nintendo's ambitions will pay off, who can say.