Play the first Splatoon 2 Splatfest for free this weekend

Nintendo's Switch companion app is set to launch alongside Splatoon 2 on July 21st, and you can see it in action, albeit briefly, by jumping to the 16:30 mark in the Nintendo Direct video above. However, it also increases the likelihood that the voice chat feature will not be a native feature of future Nintendo Switch games, and will require players to use the app to talk with their friends online.

During the Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that it will release Nintendo Switch Online for iOS and Android.

Whether other current games will use the Nintendo Switch Online app in similar ways to Splatoon 2 remains to be seen. SplatNet 2 lets Splatoon 2 users check out their online play stats and info on upcoming game features. The app's primary two functions are sending invites to your friends via their Nintendo Account or social media, and facilitating voice chat over your device's microphone.

Yusuke Amano said: "When I played online games, I didn't like the negativity I got and people telling me, 'You're crap".

Once you have downloaded the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app, connecting a headset then requires a few more steps.

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Splatoon 2's Splatfests are kicking off before the game even launches. 3 and Dr. Mario from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Nintendo will charge $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for the annual subscription.

"Splatoon 2 is a huge, robust sequel to the original Splatoon", said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Members of the online service are entitled to regular deals through the eShop marketplace, adds the site.

Splatfests are events hosted by the Squid Sisters where players have to choose a side to represent as they battle it out against the other team.


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