The Nintendo Switch is finally getting its own streaming app, and it’s a big name, but in Japan. And it’s called Niconico.
But don’t be disappointed just yet. Niconico is a streaming platform similar to Youtube Live. Users will be able to livestream their games, and viewers can leave comments that will appear on the video. There also some other great features. For example, users can upload their videos and add polls and quizzes. The videos even come with real time comment pop-ups.
If you haven’t heard of Niconico before, you’re not alone. Even though the platform is very popular in Japan, it is yet to known widely across the globe. The only drawback is that the app is exclusive to Japan (with some English options). Hence it will only be available on the Japanese e-shop for now. But if you live outside of Japan and want to see what all the fuss is about, you can make a Japanese account and check it out to your heart’s content.
Even though the app is (disappointingly) only available in the Japanese eShop, it is still a significant addition to the Switch. Up until now, the Switch had no streaming apps, which is in stark contrast to its predecessor, the Wii U, which had access to streaming services like Netflix.
The addition of Niconico shows us that Nintendo is still open to the idea of streaming platforms on the Switch. Which means that there’s still a possibility to see apps like Netflix and Hulu on the Switch sooner or later, so keep your fingers crossed.
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