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Splatoon 3 tries to keep Switch Online’s mobile app relevant

ByCindy J. Daddario

Aug 17, 2022

Nintendo Switch Online has had a somewhat shaky history over the past five years. Originally launched as a free service, Switch Online offered a better way to play Nintendo games online. Severe latency issues, game-breaking bugs, and other technical issues plagued Switch Online when it was first released. At the same time, Nintendo released a Switch Online mobile app, intended to be used as a means of communicating with friends online. Pale compared to the competition’s party systems, the Switch Online mobile app was soon forgotten, but Splaton 3 does its best to keep him alive.


About a week ago, Nintendo held a full-scale livestream for one of the most anticipated titles of the year, Splaton 3. This live broadcast revealed a lot of information about the upcoming game, ranging from new weapons, maps and modes, to the intricacies of Splaton 3faster combat flow. But hidden among the rest was the announcement that Splaton 3 will use the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, something even hardcore Nintendo fans had long forgotten.

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The troubled history of Switch Online’s mobile app

Launched in June 2017, the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app was released right next door Splaton 2. The Switch Online mobile app quickly became infamous when a diagram showing how to set up Splaton 2Voice chat has made the rounds online. The now infamous diagram has been relentlessly mocked by just about everyone, with many baffled by the multi-step instructions, the very simply to plug a headset into a controller and access Splaton 2voice chat system.

Since then, the Switch Online mobile app has remained pretty much in the shadows, only popping up occasionally when a big Nintendo AAA release comes along. One of the biggest uses of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app was for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where players could access a dedicated messaging system called NookLink. NookLink allowed players to send chat messages through their phone, send reactions, browse the Nook Catalog, and register for certain daily Nook Points. This application was added when the Good family paradise The DLC has launched, now allowing players to check out the Happy Home Network from their phone and access custom designs.

Splatoon 3 does its best to keep the Switch Online mobile app alive

Although the Switch Online mobile app had solid functionality for a handful of Nintendo’s first-party games, it lacked sufficient functionality for general Nintendo Switch gamers to download, and as a result, the Switch Online companion app is rarely mentioned today. Despite this, Splaton 3 is about to try very hard to get gamers to finally download the Switch app.

Taking over from its predecessors, Splaton 3The companion app’s interface will be called SplatNet 3 and will allow players to rewatch their latest matches online. From there, players will be able to find a bunch of stats related to their performance, including areas they could improve on, such as accuracy. It is likely that these statistics will actually be available in Splaton 3but for those who just want to check in, it’s not a bad feature.

However, the real appeal of Splaton 3The mobile app feature allows players to unlock a range of cosmetics that are – supposedly – exclusive to the app. So for finalists, the Switch Online mobile app will be a required download when Splaton 3 launch in just a few weeks. That being said, the jury is out on whether these exclusive skins will actually bring casual gamers to the Switch Online app.

Splaton 3 is scheduled for September 9 on Nintendo Switch.

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