Review also explores whether Poké Ball Plus is worth an extra $40. (Answer: maybe.)
Joins Hulu and… uh… that’s it for Switch video-streaming.
Nearly two years after its release, the Nintendo Switch finally gained access to YouTube on Thursday. The app is free to download on the Nintendo Switch eShop across a variety of regions, including the US. Weighing in at 89.0MB, the app should fit on your SD card, and doesn’t require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
The best part of the YouTube app on Switch is that it can be used docked or in handheld mode, which means you can bring YouTube with you anywhere you go (as long as you’re near a WiFi connection). As with any other YouTube app, you can log in with your Google account to access all of your subscriptions and recommendations.
Rumors of YouTube’s impending release began springing up earlier this week when Switch owners reported that they were receiving suggestions for the app appear on the eShop. Here’s the app’s full description:
Kick back and relax with YouTube on your Nintendo Switch system. Enjoy entertainment like music videos and shows, plus gaming livestreams, how-tos and much more. Explore a world of videos with recommendations and easy access to your channel subscriptions. So grab your friends, family, and your Nintendo Switch controller, and enjoy YouTube together.
The Switch is still missing several must-have entertainment apps, including Netflix and Amazon Video, but Hulu did make its way to the game console late last year. Nintendo has hinted in the past that there are plans in place to bring these and other apps to the console in the future, but nothing has been announced.
During a Nintendo Direct live stream last week, Nintendo revealed the final three fighters to be added to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster: Ken (Street Fighter), Incineroar (Pokemon), and Piranha Plant, who will be given away free to anyone that preorders the game digitally or registers the game on My Nintendo by January 31st. That brings the total headcount to 70 (if you don’t count Echo Fighters), but the roster still isn’t complete.
Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai also announced during the stream that five additional DLC fighters will be added to the game post-launch, and while none of those characters have been unveiled yet, it appears that all five have already been decided on, even if we won’t see them in action for months.
On Monday, Sakurai confirmed in a tweet that the Smash Bros. Ultimate “DLC line-up is now complete,” implying that all five of the additional fighters that will join the game have already been finalized. Sakurai says that Nintendo picks the characters, and then it’s his job to figure out if that character will work in Smash:
He also clarified that while he appreciates the passion of all Smash Bros. fans, there is no need to flood his feed with suggestions for future fighters, as the roster is complete. If 75 characters isn’t enough for you, too bad:
As for obtaining the DLC, each fighter comes with a stage and multiple music tracks from it’s game franchise. These packs cost $6 a piece, but you can also purchase the Fighters Pass for $25, which includes all five packs. All packs will be released by February 2020, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches on December 7th.
Online, offline modes; three new characters—plus five more in a $30 DLC bundle.