Do I really need a smartphone for basic online play?

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  1. orcid
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    orcid GBAtemp Fan

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    There was so much rage about the smartphone app. So I got the impression that you can't play online without the app and I wanted to replace my Windows phone. Now I read on the austrian nintendo webpage something like: "Play online with your switch and use your phone for connecting with friends and communication." This sounds like basic online play is possible without smartphone. Can I play online without the app? I am not interested to play with friends and (voice) chat at all. Just random games against strangers.
     
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  2. linuxares

    linuxares GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Wait for the official release or reviews. Since it's a lot of confusions about it at the moment.
     
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    Wondering the same. Nintendo is a lil behind in all Online so I wont be surprised if thats how it will work
     
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    Yes u can play online without the phone apl.
    The app is used for voice chat and matchmaking via friends and facebook.

    Atlest thats how it was explain.
    I highly doubt the app will be needed to jump into an online game
     
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  5. H1B1Esquire

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    Earth, bro-dude.
    The way I view this, "Call your friends while you play video games." If it actually turns out like that, congrats to Nintendo for the best meme of 2017.
     
  6. orcid
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    OK. I hope you are right and won't buy a new phone. The switch launch is expensive enough.
    There is really a lot of confusion. Nintendo is not saying anything clear and in the internet there was no normal disussion about the app possible because so many people went crazy. I don't know why they can explain the parental control app in a (great) video, but can't make a video about the online play app.
     
  7. thorasgar

    thorasgar Checkout my evil Soon-in-atorâ„¢

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    Probably because it isn't finished yet.
     
  8. Xzi

    Xzi Console Hacker and PC Gamer

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    Yeah you can do random online matchmaking without the app or a smartphone. There will be online play games available on release day and the app isn't out until summer. Fast RMX and I think you can do an online match for the other player in Snipperclips, too.
     
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