What you need to know
- Nintendo Switch Online is a subscription service that grants access to online play and other perks.
- The service is accompanied by an application on iOS and Android with unique features and official voice chat.
- After summer 2022, the app will cease to support older iOS versions.
The Nintendo Switch Online app is home to applets for various games, offering unique features such as exclusive items and the only official way to engage in voice chat for online multiplayer games. The application is supported across both iOS and Android devices, meaning that players will need access to a smart device in order to engage with all the content available in select Nintendo Switch games.
However, Nintendo recently announced in a tweet that the app's next update will render older iOS devices incompatible with the application:
2022年夏ごろに、iOS版『Nintendo Switch Online』アプリのアップデートを実施予定です。このアップデートで動作環境を「iOSバージョン14.0以降」に変更します。
「iOSバージョン13以前」の端末ではアプリがご利用いただけなくなりますので、ご注意ください。 https://t.co/8MAqv91nHe2022年夏ごろに、iOS版『Nintendo Switch Online』アプリのアップデートを実施予定です。このアップデートで動作環境を「iOSバージョン14.0以降」に変更します。
「iOSバージョン13以前」の端末ではアプリがご利用いただけなくなりますので、ご注意ください。 https://t.co/8MAqv91nHe— 任天堂サポート (@nintendo_cs) June 21, 2022June 21, 2022
The tweet is in Japanese, but Google Translate provides the following translation:
The time frame for this update is quite vague, but it may have something to do with whatever video game announcements the company plans to make this summer. We'll be sure to keep you updated with everything added to the app.
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There's a reason the Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular consoles over the past two years. Its sleek design, versatility and seemingly endless pool of thrilling games make it a great choice for gamers of all ages.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.