With the Nintendo Switch Online service launching alongside Splatoon 2 on Friday – which is great, by the way – the smartphone apps for iOS and Android have snuck out a little ahead of time, letting you download them and get yourself all set for when it goes live.
Update: Like the second Death Star, the app is now fully operational! If you have Splatoon 2, you can access SplatNet 2 and make use of its party invitational and chat features to your hearts content.
Unfortunately, that’s all you can really do with it right now, as attempting to log in with your Nintendo Account presents you with a server maintenance error.
When it does go live, however, you’ll be able to send messages via other social networks to set up parties with voice chat (and incredibly inconvenient looking headset cabling) and play in Splatoon 2 together, as the only game with support at launch. The app will also host SplatNet 2, where you can see online battle stats, purchase gear for the next time you log into the game, and check out the event and map schedule.
This will eventually turn into a paid service in 2018, where online multiplayer and chat will come to cost $19.99 / €19.99 for a year long subscription, which will also reward you with discounts on the eShop and a library of classic games that will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario.