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Nintendo Switch Online FAQ, details on creating / joining rooms

Posted on July 18, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Nintendo’s support site has updated with plenty of details about the new Nintendo Switch Online FAQ. Along with a FAQ, pages are up explaining how you create and join rooms. We’ve rounded all of the information up below.

Overview:

The Nintendo Switch Online app is available for iOS and Android devices.

The app is currently compatible with the Splatoon 2 game, giving players the ability to access SplatNet 2, invite friends to online matches, and voice chat during various game modes. Both the app’s functionality and online play are free, where available, until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018.

With the app and the Splatoon 2 game, you can access SplatNet 2 to see your online play stats, check out upcoming game stages, and more.

You can also invite friends who have the game to Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Runs, and Splatfest Battles via social media and other services. When players are invited to a game, they’ll get an instant notification on their smart device.

The app lets you chat with friends in your Splatoon 2 online lobby and then talk to your teammates to coordinate strategy during the online match.

Requirements & Compatibility

What is required to use the Nintendo Switch Online app?

To use the Nintendo Switch Online app, you must have the following:

A Nintendo Switch and compatible game (either physical or digital).
An Android or iOS smart device.
A Nintendo Account linked to your Nintendo Switch console and smart device.
Important: The Nintendo Switch Online app service can be used by Nintendo Account holders who are age 13 and older.
A persistent Internet connection for the Nintendo Switch and smart device. Data charges may apply.

How much does this service cost?

Both the app’s functionality and online play are free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. After the free-trial period, the online play portion of most games and the Nintendo Switch Online app will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo.

Where is this service available?

Within the Americas, the free-trial period, the paid service, and online play (for applicable modes in compatible games) will be available for customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

How do I get the Nintendo Switch Online app?

The Nintendo Switch Online app can be downloaded to your smart device from the App Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android). Click here, for additional instructions.

Which smart devices are supported?

iOS: Devices using iOS 9.0 or later are supported.

Android: Devices using Android 4.4 or later are supported.

Important: While the Nintendo Switch Online app supports the above operating systems, it doesn’t not guarantee compatibility with all devices using these OS versions.

What games are supported?

Currently, the Nintendo Switch Online app is compatible with the Splatoon 2 game.

Which languages are supported?

The following 9 languages are currently supported:

English
French
Spanish
Japanese
German
Dutch
Russian
Portuguese
Italian

Do I need to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to play games online?

The Nintendo Switch Online app provides additional features, such as voice chat and the ability to send user invites over social media, but it is not required to play Splatoon 2 online.

Features & Usage

How do I use the Nintendo Switch Online app to create an online match and voice chat with other players?

For instructions on how to complete this process, click here.

Can I invite anyone or just friends to play online and chat?

When creating rooms and inviting users, you can invite friends you have from Nintendo Switch, friends you communicate with over social media or messaging apps, and other users you have recently played with through the Nintendo Switch Online app.

In addition to this, users must be age 13 years of age of older to use the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Can I use the app to voice chat with other players when not playing a game?

No. Players are not able to start voice chat communication until they have joined the Online Lounge within Splatoon 2.

Can I use the Nintendo Switch Online app on multiple smart devices?

If you would like to change devices, you can sign into a new device using your Nintendo Account. 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. Each user would need to use his or her own Nintendo Account in order to voice chat with each other.

Can I use a headset or headphones for voice chat?

Yes. You are able to use headsets or headphones connected to your smart device. If using a wireless Bluetooth headphone or headset with your smart device, ensure it supports the HSP or HFP Bluetooth profile.

Please note that game sounds normally output from the TV or Nintendo Switch console will not be heard from your smart device.

If I use my smart device’s other features (texts, social media, etc.) will I be disconnected?

The voice chat will disconnect while you’re talking on the phone or using another application, but your voice chat will restart in the same room once you open the Nintendo Switch Online application again as long as the game session is still ongoing.

Parents

How do I set Parental Control restrictions?

The service can be used by Nintendo Account holders who are age 13 and older. Because the app runs on your smart device, it cannot be controlled by the parental controls offered in Nintendo’s ecosystem. To set restrictions for use of the Nintendo Switch Online app, please refer to your smart device settings.

Create a Room

From Splatoon 2:

  1. Press the X Button to open the Menu, and then select “Lobby.”
    • Select “Grizzo” instead of “Lobby” if you are joining a Salmon Run.

  2. Scroll down and select “Online Lounge.”
  3. Select “Create Room,” and use the drop down menu to select the game mode.
      • Private Match
      • League Battle (pair)
      • League Battle (team)
    Important: Only Salmon Run can only be selected when the Online Lounge is created from Grizzco.

     
  4. Select “Allow Nintendo Switch friends to join the room with a password” if you would like users without the Nintendo Switch Online app to join.
  5. Select OK to create the room.
  6. Select “Send Notification to My Smart Device.”
  7. Return to your smart device and complete the following steps.

On your smart device:

  1. Select the notification you’ve received, or open the Nintendo Switch Online app and select the room you’ve created.
  2. Select from the following invitation methods and follow the onscreen steps to send the invite(s):
    • Social Network Friend.
      • Send a URL using messaging applications or social media platforms which other players can open on their smart device to join your lounge.
    • Nintendo Switch Friend.
      • Send a notification to the smart device of players from your Nintendo Switch friend list that use the Nintendo Switch Online app.
    • User You Played With.
      • Send a notification to the smart device of players you recently played with that use the Nintendo Switch Online app.
  3. Once the other users have accepted your invite and joined the Online Lounge in Splatoon2, you will be able to voice chat with the users.

Join a Room

From you smart device:

  1. Select the notification you’ve received, or open the Nintendo Switch Online app and select “Invitation List,” and then select the room you’d like to join.
    • If you were invited via Social Network, open the URL that was sent to you by your friend.
  2. Return to Splatoon 2 and complete the following steps.

From Splatoon 2:

  1. Press the X Button to open the Menu, and then select “Lobby.”
    • Select “Grizzo” instead of “Lobby” if you would like to join a Salmon Run Online Lounge during the designated Salmon Run times.

  2. Scroll down and select “Online Lounge.”
  3. Select the room you were invited to join.

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  • Locky Mavo

    Still a little inconvenience in places, but it doesn’t sound as bad as I first thought.

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Oh boy! I can’t wait for nobody to invite me to their games!

    • Bradley

      And just because you said so…….. ( you had better get ready for a lot of invites)

      • DeltaPeng

        Mission accomplished.

  • Yolkghost

    Oh I thought we’d at least be able to voice chat as long as people are on the same team as us since it’s all through a phone so you can choose to do it or not. OH well, I’ll probably rarely use it anyway – would’ve been nice to put it in MK8D and ARMS too.

    • Exy

      I’d love to see voice chat in ARMS where both players use the motion controls and get more out of breath as their matches go on.

    • Juan Vazquez

      I agree with you! It is good that they want to promote splatoon 2, but they should not forget about Arms and Mariokart.

  • awng782

    Sounds like the Hori Splatoon Voice Chat accessory will be needed to voice chat online while listening to the game itself 🙁

    • Carlos

      You could also just have the TV sound on while playing.

      • Burning Gravity

        If they’re playing on the tv and in a situation where it’s ok to have sound like that. A lot of people need or prefer to have game sound coming from headphones or such too, so this is kinda inconvenient for them is all

      • awng782

        Well that’s a somewhat acceptable solution for TV mode gameplay.

        But since I play the Switch mostly in handheld/tabletop mode with earphones, “cranking up the volume” doesn’t really cut it.

        Nintendo should have really thought this through.

  • Burning Gravity

    Seems super inconvenient and tedious, I’ll probably stick to just Discord or like… normal phone calls, if needed, but it’s a shame for those who just want a simple, functional party/chat system

  • Reggie

    “The Nintendo Switch Online app provides additional features, such as voice chat and the ability to send user invites over social media, but it is not required to play Splatoon 2 online.”

    Thank god. This is the only thing that concerned me.

  • Michael C

    beyond inconvenience, a step behind the two main systems, huge step behind the xbox mobile and windows 10 app as well. BUT they are only charging something like $20 a year or something, so i guess you get what you pay for.

  • Crimson Hat

    Now all they need to do is expand it to more phones. I tried to download it but I got the message “This phone is not compatible with this app”. I got the same with the parental control app. Quite disappointed.

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

      are you rooted? it is not compatible in rooted phones but you can donwload the apk from other website or a friend

  • Francesco Gentile

    I’m curious and i will surely try to use it

  • RoadyMike

    Wow. It’s as much of a mess as I thought it’d be. This *separate* app won’t even be free once the service truly kicks off in 2018 and the only games that we’ll be using it until then is Splatoon, Mario Kart, ARMS and maybe Pokken
    We’re all better off just using discord, skype or just calling your friends directly to chat and set up sessions

  • Vive

    I’m happy with that, but i’d like also a normal chat mode in the app and not just the voice chat, and of course i want it to use in ARMS.

  • Carly

    What a convoluted mess for such an easy thing….

  • Kenshin0011

    Absurd and backwards functionality for those who genuinely wish to engage in online communities and communication while gaming.

    You can’t even hear the in-game audio and voice chat at the same time, unless you remove one side of the headset/earphone.

  • richard bordin

    What about my son who is 9 and has no access to social media or apps? He wants to have friends to play with on splatoon. How can he do this safely and have fun?