Nintendo Switch's online app is available for your phone now

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After the free trial had ended, Nintendo Account holders will have to pay for continued service: $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 for a year. When the game launches later this week, you'll be able to use a service within the app called SplatNet 2 to invite other players to matches, and use voice chat. Rather than allowing players to easily hook up third-party headsets directly to the Switch, or into the Switch's Pro or JoyCon controllers, the company has taken a more confusing integrated approach: by forcing users to download an app to their phones for voice chatting.

With the addition of Splatoon 2 and two other titles, I and Me and Death Squared, our list of the best Nintendo Switch games reaches its cap at 50 titles and we begin removing games from the low end of the list.

The free app connects Nintendo Switch owners to one another through supported games, allows players to send out game invites through social media like Facebook and Twitter and also supports extra game-specific features. Everything from Skype to Discord to the built-in phone app on your smartphone lets you continue talking to others while doing other things with the phone.

I turned my phone screen back on and unlocked it, which deposited me right back in the Switch Online app. Voice chat returned.

You can enjoy voice chat in different ways depending on the type of game you're playing.

Splatoon was one of the very few new Nintendo franchises to have found success in the doomed-from-the-start history of the Wii U console, in large part because of its addicting online gameplay.

The Nintendo Switch Online app will only work on devices running iOS 9 or later and devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or later.

To get started, simply fire up the app and link your Nintendo account.

READ: Nintendo Switch Online News: Paid Service Launches In 2018, But For How Much?

What is Nintendo Switch Online? But now, the app is here and - while limited - it works with Splatoon 2. Beyond the familiar multiplayer Turf War mode, "Splatoon 2" will surprise users with exciting diversions. Splatoon 2 is compatible with this app.

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