It turns out the rumor that Nintendo Switch would be getting another video streaming app was true.
Today, Nintendo added the ability for Switch users to download the YouTube app to their consoles. As with all other platforms’ versions of YouTube, the app is free. Users can access the Google service on the Switch’s Nintendo eShop.
Kick back and relax with @YouTube on your #NintendoSwitch. Enjoy entertainment like music videos and shows, plus gaming livestreams, how-to guides and much more. YouTube is now available to download from Nintendo #eShop.
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) November 8, 2018
Players can watch videos on YouTube while the console is in handheld or docked mode. Plus, users can enjoy YouTube’s 360-degree feature for many of its videos. This marks the second video streaming app for the platform, as Hulu was added last November.
While it’s great news that Switch owners now have a way to stick with their hybrid console when gaming and watching YouTube videos, the app’s arrival didn’t come as a complete surprise. Just a few days ago, Twitter user NintendHOME shared an image of the YouTube app supposedly pulled from the Nintendo of America website and teased that it would arrive on November 8th.
Nintendo has also expressed interest in adding more streaming services to Switch in the past. Not long after the launch of the console, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé assured players that Nintendo was in talks with many of the major streaming service companies, such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon.
Among the millions of videos that players can now watch at any time on Switch’s YouTube app are Nintendo’s latest Directs and Treehouse Live presentations. Recently, a new Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed the brawler’s complete launch roster, as well as the series’ new Spirit mode. A few Treehouse Lives also recently showed new gameplay for select titles, including one for Yoshi’s Crafted World and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Source: Nintendo UK on Twitter