Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct Details New Features

Posted July 08, 2017

Nintendo Switch fans will get voice chat support through a smartphone app landing on July 21 - which is also the Splatoon 2 release date.

In Splatoon 2, players can invite others via the Nintendo Switch Online app to Private Battles, League Battles, and Splatfest Battles across social media and what Nintendo describes are "other services". It will be available from 21 July, the same day Splatoon 2 becomes available. Nintendo's Switch online mobile app will be available on iOS and Android.

Today, Nintendo held their latest Nintendo Direct presentation, focused entirely on Splatoon 2.

And yes, it's still ridiculous that you'll need to use a standalone smartphone app for voice chat instead of it simply being built into the Switch itself, but that's Nintendo for you.

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The Direct went into a lot of detail about weapons, gear, shops, and game modes, most of which will seem very familiar to those that played the original on Wii U. We've yet to try out the Nintendo Switch Online app just yet, but it sounds like it'll feature a fairly robust set of options.

For example, Splatoon 2's companion module is called SplatNet 2, and allows gamers to send invites and chat as well as check over stats, event schedules, and even buy customizable items while on-the-go. This is thus an ideal opportunity for gamers to avail this game with its many features.

Mainly it has been formed with the online experience of suitable games on the Nintendo Switch in mind. 3, Dr. Mario, and Balloon Fight. You can join in by downloading the title's free demo in the eShop. Nintendo will charge $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for the annual subscription. Unfortunately, gamers won't have access to the free games coming with the service until the paid version launches.

The Switch gets the highly anticipated Splatoon 2.