This launches on July 21st alongside the game, and will allow players to access the Splatoon 2-specific SplatNet 2 hub, letting them stay in touch with the world of Inkopolis even when they're away from their Switch.
Earlier this year, Nintendo explained: "Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device".
In addition to enabling online play, the subscription service also offers classic Nintendo games that can be downloaded and played online, including Super Mario Bros.
With the advent of Nintendo Switch Online, there's a good chance that other games such as Rocket League won't have built-in voice chat capabilities, forcing audio through a smartphone.
The app appears on the same day as the paint-based multiplayer shooter Splatoon 2, which sees players fight using paint guns to take over a battle map. The app gives out more features.
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In 2018, Nintendo plans to begin charging an annual fee of $19.99 United States dollars (about $24 CAD) to play games online.
Nintendo Switch Online will cost $19.99 per year, $7.99 for three months, or $3.99 per month. Nintendo has been rather reticent in allowing online services due to security concerns regarding youthful players.
Pearl and Marina will host Splatoon 2's Splatfests, including the first one in the upcoming demo. You can have your handheld sensitivity differ from your docked, giving you complete control over how you like to play.
Gear is available for purchase, which can then be picked up later in the game's hubworld Inkopolis Square.