I wasn't totally opposed to the idea of having this app at first. I was hoping that we'd have as much functionality as PS and XB in regards to friends and communication. But in reality it's incredibly lacking in what are industry standard features. I want the option to talk to random people I'm gaming with if I do desire. I want to be able to send text messages to gaming friends. Neither of these things are possible. Would have been one star, but I like the stats I can view door Splatoon 2. Even so, this app needs a lot of work.
The app is very well designed, and it could be something fantastic. But as of right now, where any time I start it up it makes my phone think I'm constantly in a call, even while trying to use other apps, as well as not allowing my alarm to ring properly if I had opened it the night before all make for a poor experience. Nintendo, the internet and smart phones have been around for at least a few years, please ensure that your engineers understand what makes apps good. Your games are great, but the smartphone side of your marketing is poor.
I'm giving this app two stars because the UI is very clean and nice, and there really is a lot of potential here for interesting and convenient features, so I don't feel like the bare minimum is really fair. However, I really can't see the reasoning behind locking features like voice chat behind an app, then making that app so inconvenient to use. As a Switch owner, I enjoy the system very much, and have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it. Nintendo, please don't sabotage the system's success and overall-positive reception with this app. And please, please, please, read these reviews, and check the feedback from the app itself.
Lacks the most basic features expected of online chat, like working with the screen off. Only supports one of *four(thanks to another reviewer for pointing out fast rmx) games with online capability, as in no matchmaking, no chat. Has minor cool features (make splatoon trades within the app) but this is a demo for a "put an intern on it for a day" splatoon companion app, not for an online service you're expected to pay for when it offers less and worse than Nintendo's previous free offerings.
This app is unnecessary! Everything is app does, the game should be able to do also with easy. Now I can't use the phone, check messages, notifications, and I basicly have to have my phone plugged in all the time because I need to have my screen on to stay in the chat. Do I really need a chat room live on my phone the whole time during a match? If the phone were a second screen with a map or something that would be a cool option. The app doesn't even auto rotate. Vertical only. So even if it did have a map and a phone holster attachment for the controller the app still wouldn't look right.
The app is barebones with no ability to message friends and only slowing voice chat at the moment. And there is absolutely ZERO reason for these features to not be on the Switch itself. If this was a companion app to the Switch and all the features were on the system then this would be a cool alternative. But it's not and it's unexceptable to expect people to pay money for this next year.