YouTube may finally be coming to the Nintendo Switch, and a lot sooner than anybody expected.
When the Nintendo Switch launched way back in the heady days of March 2017, it had zero streaming apps. Literally nothing--your only option was to play one of the few games that the switch launched with (which were admittedly pretty good, but it still seemed an oversight on the part of Nintendo’s engineers).
Now the Switch has exactly two streaming apps: Hulu, which launched in November 2017, and Niconico, which is a Japanese streaming service that only operates domestically. That’s just two streaming apps despite the fact that it’s been over a year and a half since the Switch released.
However, that may finally be about to change. According to some hopeful forum users over at ResetEra, we may finally see YouTube arrive on the Nintendo Switch.
On Saturday, a ResetEra user linked a Twitter post from French Nintendo fansite NintendHOME that says YouTube is coming. Specifically on November 8th, quoting the Nintendo of America website.
ResetEra users are also reporting that they’re getting suggestions for the YouTube app when searching up games on Nintendo’s website. There isn’t any app info yet, but the logo appears on the suggestion, and unless someone has hacked the Nintendo website (which certainly seems possible in this day and age) then it could be legit advertising.
❓Rumeur – L’application YouTube devrait arriver prochainement sur Nintendo Switch, plus précisément le 8 novembre si on en croit le site de Nintendo America. pic.twitter.com/NgvBhDJu1G— NintendHOME (@NintendHOME) November 3, 2018
We should stress that neither Google nor Nintendo has made any official announcements, and until we have word from the people in charge there can’t be any assurance that YouTube will drop on November 8th. But hey, wouldn’t it be great?
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for Netflix to arrive on the Switch. With its 20 million-plus users, it seems like a slam dunk platform for Netflix to want to expand on, and if Hulu can work, why not Netflix?
According to Nintendo chief operations officer Reggie Fils-Aimé, Nintendo just wants to focus on making games. A noble endeavor, but slightly short-sighted in the wake of Castlevania’s recent release.
If YouTube does come to Switch November 8th, just remember that the screen can only handle 720p when mobile, and 1080p when on the dock.