The Nintendo Switch Online app will be available soon

The Nintendo Switch Online app will be available soon

The Nintendo Switch™ Online app for iOS and Android will be available soon.

The app will be compatible with the Splatoon™ 2 game, giving players the ability to access SplatNet 2, invite friends to online matches, and chat during the game. Both the app's functionality and online play will be free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018.

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

You'll also be able to invite friends who have the game to Private Battles, League Battles, 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 will let you chat with friends in your online lobby before your game begins, then talk to your teammates to coordinate strategy once the game begins.

Stay tuned for more information.

Nintendo Account required. Online features will be free until the Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in 2018. After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online. Currently, 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. For the latest list of countries, please visit Customer Support.

Persistent Internet access and compatible smart device required. Data charges may apply.