The Nintendo Switch Online App Is Now Available to Download on Smartphones

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Nintendo has launched a new online app for the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch Online app is completely free to download, but at present just comes up with an error message when you attempt to sign into your Nintendo account: "The service is not available as the server is now undergoing maintenance".

The folks at Eurogamer said they downloaded the app and tried to sign in, but it failed.

The Nintendo Switch Online will offer different features for each game available for the console, but right now it's likely to only display a maintenance page.

It follows news of the Nintendo Switch's first video streaming app going live. ◆ Inviting friends via social media: You can invite friends to play with you in supported games via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Nintendo's app will act as the hub for online games through which players receive invites and other notifications. You'll need to have the screen on, and the app given priority to talk with friends.

You can buy awesome glasses from the app, so there is that.

The Nintendo Switch Online is just the first phase of the company's plans for multiplayer features, with more being planned for 2018.

The Nintendo Switch already supports basic online multiplayer and friends lists, but its smartphone app is meant to flesh things out by adding vital features like voice chat during play.

With the Nintendo Switch Online app, you'll be able to connect to your Nintendo account to view your Splatoon stats and see how you stack up against your friends. There is a lot of untapped potential with the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Online app.

The Nintendo Switch doesn't support voice chat by default.

The one downside is that there is a few days between the app being downloadable and the app really launching.

Users have reported some issues with the application's sign-in not now working, probably due to Nintendo working to stabilize the servers at this early stage.

Despite being a relatively new IP, Splatoon has rapidly become one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, particularly in Japan. However; it is not possible to use voice chat on two or more smart devices at the same time if they use the same Nintendo Account.

Because of the game's vast following, the Inklings who populate the charming shooter have gone on to appear in their own manga series, with Squid Sisters Callie and Marie even holding a live concert Niconico Tokaigi previous year.

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