Nintendo Switch’s first video streaming app launches in Japan

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A product display featuring the Nintendo Switch. (Facebook/NintendoSwitch)

After reaping early success from their flagship console, Nintendo is looking to take the Switch a notch higher.

The NicoNico platform arrived on the Nintendo Switch eShop last July 13. The app, which strikes some similarities to YouTube, is available only in Japan, at least for now. A report from Eurogamer clarified, however, that players from other parts of the world can download the app. However, they can only do so if they have a Japanese Switch account.

Before it was released, NicoNico tweeted a short trailer of the app in action. The video shows a group of Japanese gamers playing on the console. After a short while, one of them decided to hit the home button. He then selected the NicoNico video-sharing app.

The app may pale in comparison to some of the more popular streaming services. However, NicoNico’s entry into the Switch may be a sign that Nintendo is serious in opening up for video streaming. It can also be noted that Nintendo executive Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned last March that they are in talks with some streaming service providers.

“We built the Nintendo Switch to be a world-class gaming device, meaning we want you first and foremost to play games on the system and have an incredibly fun experience,” said Fils-Aime. “We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon–things that will come in time. In our view, these are not differentiators.”

He also noted that what makes Nintendo unique is “the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play.”

Meanwhile, a report from TechRadar said that Netflix and other leading streaming providers could come on board soon. In the near future, gaming will likely become just one a facet of the Switch. With this, it is possible that video streaming will soon be a regular fixture.