New Nintendo Switch Online App Available Now

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Although it's primarily a multiplayer game, much like the original, Splatoon 2 features a fantastic single-player adventure.

Q: Does it have text chat? You'll get the choice whether to make the chat invite-only or allow people to use a password to access it, and then can send a notification to your own phone to begin sending out invites.

Splatoon 2 allows up to 10 players in a chatroom, but other games may vary, and once you're chatting the controls are simple: you can mute your microphone, and that's it. Voice chat will not work unless specifically in the Online Lounge rooms or in a match - during the match you will only hear from those on your team.

Q: When exactly can I use voice chat in game?

Perhaps the most severe limitation of the voice chat feature, however, is that the Nintendo Switch Online app will need to be open at all times.

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Once you've downloaded the app and either created or signed into your Nintendo account, you'll see a screen split between the Switch Online logo, your "Invitation List", and some game-specific services below.

Q: Are there any exclusive features for Splatoon 2 that can only be done in the app? Although you can fire up a local game at any time, the mode is only available to play online at certain times set by Nintendo, which is unfortunate because it's an absolute blast.

That about wraps up what you can experience in the Nintendo Switch Online App for now, be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any other questions.

Brendan Graeber is an Editor for IGN, and won't apologize for choosing Team Cake in Splatoon 2's first Splatfest.

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