One of the most-requested features for the Nintendo Switch is a YouTube app and, based on some rather odd occurrences on Nintendo's own website, rumor has it that the wait may soon be over.
According to forum posts on ResetEra and NintendoHome (via Polygon), a YouTube app has kinda-sorta started making an appearance on Nintendo's website. On those forums, folks have come out of the woodworks telling the same story: They were tooling around on Nintendo's site, looking through the games catalog, and a YouTube app appears as a possible suggestion.
Clicking on the suggested YouTube app apparently doesn't do anything, as there is currently no product page for any such app. Still, as the original report points out, its existence is leading some to believe that the app is likely on the way. This certainly wouldn't be the first time a game or application was outed by an image or page that wasn't supposed to go live yet.
But, again, since neither Nintendo nor YouTube have made any sort of official announcement, we'd recommend you take this as the rumor it is for the time being. That could have been a placeholder for an app that fell through a year ago for all we know. That doesn't seem super likely but, again, best not to bank on anything until we're actually watching Fortnite and Blackout videos for hours on end through YouTube on the Switch.
If this rumor turns out to be true, though, it'll likely make the day of plenty of Switch owners. Here in the west, the only streaming service available on the Switch is Hulu. That's great and all, but since oodles of other apps are available on every other device known to man, it seems odd that Nintendo's new home console/portable hybrid would be a holdout. Netflix announced earlier this year that it was still considering bringing an app to the Switch, but no definite plans were being kicked around just yet.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if additional streaming apps start making an appearance on the Switch soon. I've held for a while now that additional streaming apps would not be an option on the Switch until its premium online service became available. That happened a couple of months ago and, as far as anyone knows, it has been smooth sailing. Now that Nintendo has a bunch of folks paying 20 bucks a year for access to online services, it would make sense that they are now ready to start putting some actual ink into deals with other streaming apps.
Nintendo is also rumored to have another Direct coming up this month, and a YouTube app being made available just in time to avoid family during the holidays would certainly be a nice announcement to include in the presentation. Agree? Think the Switch is better off without streaming apps? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.