The Nintendo Switch will need its smartphone app for online matchmaking – TechRadar

The companion app is fast turning into a pretty essential part of the Switch. 

As well as the previously announced news that you’ll need to on the console, in a Nintendo of America’s President Reggie Fils-Aime suggested that the app would be used for a lot more besides voice chat. 

In fact, the app’s functionality actually goes as far as and allowing you to create lobbies, suggesting that your online options are going to be pretty slim without your smartphone. 

Smart (phone) justifications

Fils-Aime justified the decision to rely on the app for voice chat by saying that most people will have a headset that connects to their phone on them at all times. 

As such using the phone for voice chat makes sense, as it means you don’t have to carry around an extra Switch-specific headset. 

But while these justifications make a certain amount of sense for using the console while on…

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