YouTube graces the Nintendo Switch. It is the third video app on the hybrid console after Niconico and Hulu. Owners of Nintendo Switches can now download the YouTube app for free from Nintendo eShop. If you're familiar with YouTube on Android TV, you're at home on YouTube with Nintendo Switch. Some notable additions include using the Joy-Cons or the Nintendo Switch Pro controller to navigate the user interface. Touchscreen support is limited to video playback and you can not paint over it.

Yes, you can sign in to your Google Account for full access to subscriptions, history, playlists, and even purchased movies. The Movies Anywhere program is also supported when you make purchases on Google Play Movies, VUDU, Amazon, and iTunes. Note that the Nintendo Switch YouTube app has a compatible screen 720p in handheld mode and 1080p in docked mode.

The first video streaming app to launch the Nintendo Switch was Niconico in July 2017. Similar to YouTube, Niconico users can upload, view and share videos. Comments on a Niconico video will be displayed on the video itself. In this way, the commentators can instantly respond to the events that are developing on screen and convey the illusion of a shared experience of observation. Uploaders can annotate videos, add special effects, and even quiz with special commands called nicoscript.

At the moment, the Niconico app is completely Japanese and requires a Niconico account to watch videos. When you launch the app for the first time, it will be explained that your Nintendo Network ID, date of birth, email address, and profile details will be shared with Niconico.

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