RUMOR: Nintendo Switch Online Service Details Unearthed

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Thanks to some data-mining, details about Nintendo’s upcoming online service for the Switch may have leaked early.  The service itself, from a leaked logo, will be named “Nintendo Switch Online Lounge”, minus the obvious typo in this early iteration.

The full sum of information comes courtesy of NeoGAF user Atheerios, who shared source code in the Switch’s OS, which lead back to a web applet which connects to a website.

On the bottom of this site is the message:

Your room has been created.

You can invite friends to the room via

the Nintendo Switch Online Lounge app.

The additional strings of code give a stronger sense of how you’ll be interacting with your Switch friends online. From appearances, the app is required for lobbies, friend notifications, and voice chat. Those lobby rooms can also be created via codes for those who don’t have the app.

Code for friends to join the room without an invitation

Allow Nintendo Switch friends to join the room using a code

You can use the pre-release version of the service for free

Nintendo Switch Online Lounge

Invite friends and enjoy voice chat while gaming, all via your smart device!

The Nintendo Switch Online Lounge app is required to use this feature

Send Notification to My Smart Device

You can use voice chat from the Nintendo Switch Online Lounge app.

Your room has been created.

As usual, all the above is a rumor until confirmed otherwise. The mobile app for the Nintendo Switch online service is likely due alongside Splatoon 2, which is July 21st. While free for now, Switch users will have to pony up $19.99 starting in 2018 to play online, which also includes a retro games library of NES games.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise has to be Pokemon, full-stop. But his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4, He's been an attendee to the first-ever IGN House Party and a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.