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'Splatoon 2's multiplayer web portal is coming to the Nintendo app

'Splatoon 2's multiplayer web portal is coming to the Nintendo app
From Engadget - July 6, 2017

Technically, SplatNet 2 is not its own app, it's a service built into the company's upcoming Nintendo Switch Online app. That sounds minor, but it's a huge improvement -- Nintendo's original SplatNet experience was built into a clunky web experience. It translated poorly to smartphones and offered only the barest amount of information: what maps were in rotation, what rank the player had and what gear they were wearing. The new app takes all of those features to logical conclusions: players will be able to view their past 50 matches in detail, including player loadouts, names and an overview of the score. Gear integration has been taken up a notch too -- not only can you view gear, but you can use in-game currency to buy it in the smartphone app, making it available next time you pick up the game on the Switch.

The app has a few fun tools, like a meter that shows the total amount of ground you have covered with ink in-game and compares it to real-life landmarks -- but the app's killer feature is probably voice chat. The app will automatically drop you into chat with players on your team, but it can also be used to invite friends to join you in-game and in-chat. That's a huge step forward for Nintendo in terms of online communication, but it's still a little weird. Because the entire voice chat system is handled through the smartphone app, players who want to hear the in-game audio and participate in voice chat will have to buy cumbersome, wire-laden accessories to physically link their phone to their console.

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