Nintendo Switch Online



    Nintendo Switch Online's review

    Published: 2017-08-18, by .

    Start using voice chat when playing online

    • Streamlined registration
    • Clean, well-organized and intuitive UI
    • Kid-friendly
    • Easy to use
    • Functionality issues
    • Tedious and laborious to use

    "Chat online"


    For gamers who already own a PS4 or an Xbox One, here’s one sad fact about the Nintendo Switch: there aren’t native voice chat features. Now, in Nintendo Switch Online, by linking your Nintendo account, you’re able to use your mobile device to start chatting with online gamers. Nintendo Switch Online also lets you connect with your friends who also own a Switch via your Facebook and Twitter accounts so you can start gaming together. You can check out in-game stats as well as use game-specific services, such as SplatNet 2 for Splatoon 2.


    Featuring a streamlined registration process as well as a well-organized intuitive UI that most children can easily use without the help of their parents, you’ll get up and running in Nintendo Switch Online in just a matter of minutes.


    As this is Nintendo’s first true online offering, expect to find a ton of functionality issues, namely actually chatting with other non-party members, and separating chatting from game invitations.

    Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    by Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    Aug 18, 2017


    The Nintendo Switch Online app is designed to help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch. With this app, you can check game-specific services (e.g., SplatNet 2 for Splatoon 2), invite friends to play with you via social media, and use voice chat while gaming.

    Do you play Splatoon 2? If so, you can make use of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service!

    You can use SplatNet 2 to check all sorts of vital battle-related information, including match results, stages, and rankings!

    Inviting friends via social media

    You can invite friends to play with you in supported games via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Of course, you can easily invite your Nintendo Switch friends, too!

    Using voice chat while gaming

    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!

    *In order to use these services, a Nintendo Switch game compatible with this app is required. Splatoon 2 is compatible with this app.

    You can use the Nintendo Switch Online app for free until the paid subscription service launches in 2018.
    A persistent Internet connection is required to use this app. Cellular data may be used.
    A Nintendo Switch console, a Nintendo Account, and supported game are required.
    You must be at least 13 years or older to use this app.
    Your use of this app is subject to the Nintendo Account User Agreement, available at

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