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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:

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.

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