NES games on Switch will have voice chat via Nintendo’s online app

Two steps forward and one step back is often Nintendo’s mantra, and it seems to be the case when Nintendo brings NES games to Switch later this year alongside the launch of Nintendo Switch Online. Although all classic games will feature online multiplayer and voice chat, the voice chat will only be accessible via the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app.

As a reminder, you cannot use voice chat directly in a Nintendo game to talk with your friends. Instead, you have to use an app on your phone to communicate with another user. For one-on-one games, it’s often easier just to call your friend.

With online play added to every classic game, you can compete (or cooperate) online with friends, share your screen, or pass the controller, depending on the game. With the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app, you can also voice chat during your play sessions.

This is the second announcement today concerning Nintendo’s voice chat system. Earlier today, Blizzard Entertainment announced that its port of Diablo III on Switch would also use Nintendo’s app for voice chat. However, we know that it doesn’t always have to be the case. Fortnite for the Switch, for example, has voice chat right inside the game; no app is required.

Will you be trying out voice chat with Nintendo’s classic NES titles?

Eli Pales
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn't taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.