Nintendo Switch App Launches July 21

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SplatNet 2, a mobile app created to facilitate Splatoon 2's online multiplayer mode, will launch on July 21st, the same day as the game, as part of Nintendo's broader Switch online app.

Splatoon 2 releases on July 21st for Nintendo Switch.

Today, Nintendo held their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, focused entirely on Splatoon 2. Instead of being part of the Nintendo Switch itself, this app is how you'll set up parties and talk to your friends, as well as get a few extra bits of fun with your games. Being able to play with someone in the same room-and to do so with the added Salmon Run as well as the competitive game modes-ought to make Splatoon 2 a little less stale. There will be more updates and DLC content for the game post-launch.

Numerous details around Nintendo's strategy for the future of their portable/console hybrid the Switch have been wishy washy at best, not just after initially debuting the system last fall but also well after its release this past March.

Using the app, you'll be able to send invites via social media networks and messaging services which actually sounds interesting. Here are the Wii U games that must come to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has been rather reticent in allowing online services due to security concerns regarding youthful players. For now, however, Nintendo is letting owners test some of those features for free, at least until the paid service launches in full next year. Players just have to download the free demo from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, and choose a team before the Splatfest begins. Nintendo will charge $3.99 for a one-month membership, $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for a year subscription. Although Splatoon 2 will not have voice chat facility, it will include a headset accessory. It will also allow players to order in-game items.

It's even possible to browse and purchase gear from a SplatNet shop, using coins that you've earned in-game.

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