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Nintendo Switch Online Lounge Service is being Discontinued

by Xander Morningstar - June 22, 2021, 7:36 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

They sure lounged around when it came to making more games use it.

In an announcement on the Nintendo Switch Online app, as well as the official support page, the Online Lounge feature is being discontinued for Splatoon 2. Players will still have the option to utilize voice-chat, but the ability to send URL links to friends and create lobbies is no more as of July 28th, 2021. This is likely due to the release of Splatoon 3 in 2022.

Nintendo's full statement: "Players have been able to use the Online Lounge feature of the Nintendo Switch Online app to arrange Splatoon 2 online battles using their smart device, such as by sending a URL link that allows social media friends to join a room.

As of July 28, 2021, the Nintendo Switch Online app will no longer support the Online Lounge feature. However, the app will continue to allow friends to voice chat, and no other changes will be made to the app at this time.

You can also continue to start a local or online multiplayer game in Splatoon 2 without use of the Online Lounge feature."


LemonadeJune 22, 2021

Now this if funny. That app was terrible anyway

RABicleJune 22, 2021

Just bring Xbox Live to switch honestly.

StratosJune 22, 2021

Quote from: RABicle

Just bring Xbox Live to switch honestly.

XBox team has dabbled in bringing the XBL SDK to Switch but not gotten anywhere official with it yet. I'd imagine if they get the greenlight from Nintendo for X-Cloud they would bring it over with that.

Mop it upJune 24, 2021

I'm not sure I ever knew was this was, and feel like I still don't.

Quote from: Mop

I'm not sure I ever knew was this was, and feel like I still don't.

I think, you could create a lobby in Splatoon 2 and it would connect to the app. Then it would give you a link you could share on social media for people to join. Can't say I ever did it myself, but it sounds useful for streamers?

broodwarsJune 25, 2021

I can't wait to see what convoluted method using 10-20 year old technology Nintendo uses to replace this feature in Splatoon 3 instead of just adding opt-in voice chat over headsets. Maybe text chat over Blackberries.

StratosJune 28, 2021

This sounds like a great name for the Funhouse:

"Nintendo Switch Online Lounge Service - DISCONTINUED"

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