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Spla­toon2’ s launch also sees the ar­rival of Switch’s com­pan­ion app, a free down­load that grants the user the abil­ity to ac­cess voice chat and ex­tra game fea­tures via Splat­net 2. Nin­tendo be­ing Nin­tendo, it’s all a bit mis­guided. Invit­ing friends into voice-chat lounges takes more steps than is sen­si­ble, pre­sum­ably in an ef­fort to pro­tect young’uns from toxic in-game chat. And while be­ing able to check the Spla­toon2 stage sched­ule, comb through stats and or­der lim­ited-edi­tion gear is handy, the de­ci­sion to pull these fea­tures out of the game and lock them off to non-smart­phone users grates a lit­tle. Nev­er­the­less, it could be a use­ful hub for Switch own­ers as more games are added, but for now it’s just an ir­ri­tat­ingly es­sen­tial com­pan­ion piece to the mar­vel­lous Spla­toon2.

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