Nintendo launched their Nintendo Switch Online app earlier this year, adding special support for certain games like Splatoon 2 and giving players access to voice chat features for that game. The app was not met with cheers of delight, however; aside from it being a smartphone app rather than a feature of the Switch itself, there were some glaring issues that greatly limited its convenience. Well, at least two of those problems no longer exist, as last night Nintendo updated the app to allow voice chats to continue while multitasking and when your phone is asleep.

When the app launched, gamers were stunned to find that Nintendo hadn’t allowed for this basic functionality—if you tried to put your phone into sleep mode to conserve battery life or if you moved to a different app for any reason, the voice chat immediately stopped functioning for you. You may have been able to hear others speak, but you yourself could not be heard unless you had the app open and the phone wide awake. It’s taken a few months, but Nintendo has finally fixed these issues.

Whether or not this gets anyone to change their mind about the usefulness of the Nintendo Switch Online app’s voice chat functionality remains to be seen; there are plenty of other third party voice chat programs that players have been opting to use for a while now. But it’s nice to see that Nintendo has fixed these issues nonetheless. Such features certainly won’t hurt the app’s chances, after all.

Have you tried using the Nintendo Switch Online voice chat function before? Do you find it a worthwhile way of doing voice chat, especially with this update, or should Nintendo have really just kept such functions to the console itself? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Apple Store (via GoNintendo)

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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