Nintendo Switch is getting its first video app
But only in Japan.
Switch is getting its first media app - but only in Japan.
NicoNico, a Japanese video-sharing platform similar to YouTube, will launch its Switch app later this week. You won't be able to download it in Europe unless you have a Japanese account.
The app's launch is still significant, however. Switch has so far lacked any kind of app support - even from the usual stalwarts like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon.
NicoNico's arrival shows Nintendo is open to video-streaming apps in principle - even if it might still be a long wait for BBC iPlayer here in the UK.
See footage of the app in action below:
【今夜】Nintendo Switch niconicoリリース！— ニコニコ公式 (@nico_nico_info) July 12, 2017
Nintendo Switchで動画を見ようhttps://t.co/OuOADTJOu9 pic.twitter.com/aj3GZWOl1m
NicoNico's main difference from YouTube is that user comments get overlaid on videos themselves to create a discussion thread. It's probably best YouTube comments stay in the bin.