About a year ago Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch app. Upon its release, it was said that we would be able to access all sorts of exciting functionality for the games which were compatible with the app, although it seems as if it's been used as a social platform.

For instance, the first game to utilize the app was Splatoon 2. Through the app, users were able to access Splatnet. Splatnet is essentially a social hub for the game where you can access voice chat features, leaderboards, and invite friends to lobbies.

However, for the most part, the Nintendo Switch online app remained largely dormant. Updates to the application had been sparse and it seemed that there had not been a ton of developers jumping at the chance to integrate app functionality into their games.

Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch Online service this month, we have started to see some more action when it comes to the Switch app.

Let's take a moment to go over which games currently utilize the Nintendo Switch Online app and which ones have the potential to use it.


As previously mentioned, Splatoon 2 was the very first game to take advantage of the Switch Online app. If you want to use your phone to access Splatnet to view leaderboards or set up an in-game voice chat, this is certainly one way to do it.

NES Nintendo Switch Online

The Nintendo Entertainment System library that launched alongside Nintendo Switch Online is a newcomer to the app. If you want to play some two-player NES games with a friend thats far away, you can use the app to talk trash when you crush them at Balloon Fight.

Mario Tennis Aces

If you want to be able to virtually yell across the court to your opponent or partner while playing Mario Tennis Aces, you now can with the online app. Just fire up your app and you can use it during free play, online tournament, or the co-op challenge.


If you are in the midst of a heated match whilst playing ARMS, there may be times when you want your friend to hear your shouts of joy or defeat. Now they can with the Nintendo Switch Online app.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

it used to be that you would sit on the same couch with a bunch of friends while playing Mariokart and they could always hear your trash talk as you dropped a red shell for them to contend with. Well, you can now do that virtually with the use of the app.

Diablo III

I have yet to see some solid confirmation yet, but it seems as if Diablo III will likely be using the Switch online app in order to support voice chat functionality. This information comes from a Gameinformer article back in August, where it reported that there would be no in-system voice chat and users would have to use the Switch online app (or something like Discord).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Now, this one is absolutely not confirmed in any way — I'm just reading the Nintendo tea leaves here. It seems that Nintendo still wants this app to be a "thing" and it would seem likely that it'll inject its use into games whenever possible. With a top-tier in-house title like Smash Bros coming up, it would not surprise me at all to find that it launches with app functionality.

The Nintendo Switch online app seems as if it has been in hibernation for the last year but it may start to raise its head for the launch of the Switch online service. I guess we'll find out if any of this comes to pass real soon.

What do you think about the Switch online app?

Do you have theories as to what Nintendo is going to do with it? Let us know in the comments.

Updated September 2018: Added more games that use the app!

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