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The Nintendo Switch is getting its first video streaming app, but not in the United States.

Anyone who owns a Switch may have noticed that the dashboard is a little bare. At the moment, you can fill it with games, but there are no other apps or services available to download. The lack of basic video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix seem particularly absent. However, if the state of the Switch in Japan is anything to go by, that may be about to change.

Japanese Switch owners will be able to install NicoNico, a video-sharing platform similar to YouTube, as an app on their Switches later this week. The NicoNico account made a short trailer showing what this looks like, and while it’s all in Japanese, it’s worth a watch for an idea of what other similar apps may look like in the future.

While Nintendo hasn’t solidified any plans to bring video streaming services to the U.S., it’s something that Nintendo promises is in the works. A few months ago, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed that Nintendo is talking to a “range of companies,” including Nintendo, Hulu, and Amazon, and promised that these features would come “in time.”

The focus, though, according to Nintendo, will always be to put the games first.

Source: NicoNico Japan on Twitter

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Emma’s early gaming was mostly done in secret, as the only gamer in a family of normal people. She still retains skills from this dark period in her life, such as the ability to teleport instantly across the house away from the computer, and holds a gold medal in the Olympic sport of “Hide the Gameboy.” Sorry, Mom, now you know. Find her on Twitter @Emma4EGM

Nintendo Switch gets its first video streaming app—but not everywhere

This app gives us our first look at how video streaming will work the Nintendo Switch.

By Emma Schaefer | 07/12/2017 12:00 PM PT

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The Nintendo Switch is getting its first video streaming app, but not in the United States.

Anyone who owns a Switch may have noticed that the dashboard is a little bare. At the moment, you can fill it with games, but there are no other apps or services available to download. The lack of basic video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix seem particularly absent. However, if the state of the Switch in Japan is anything to go by, that may be about to change.

Japanese Switch owners will be able to install NicoNico, a video-sharing platform similar to YouTube, as an app on their Switches later this week. The NicoNico account made a short trailer showing what this looks like, and while it’s all in Japanese, it’s worth a watch for an idea of what other similar apps may look like in the future.

While Nintendo hasn’t solidified any plans to bring video streaming services to the U.S., it’s something that Nintendo promises is in the works. A few months ago, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed that Nintendo is talking to a “range of companies,” including Nintendo, Hulu, and Amazon, and promised that these features would come “in time.”

The focus, though, according to Nintendo, will always be to put the games first.

Source: NicoNico Japan on Twitter

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About Emma Schaefer

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Emma’s early gaming was mostly done in secret, as the only gamer in a family of normal people. She still retains skills from this dark period in her life, such as the ability to teleport instantly across the house away from the computer, and holds a gold medal in the Olympic sport of “Hide the Gameboy.” Sorry, Mom, now you know. Find her on Twitter @Emma4EGM