Despite the fact that the 3DS has been out for a while, it has never had a YouTube app … until now. During the last Nintendo Direct, it was announced that an app would soon be out for the 3DS to allow users to log in and watch YouTube videos on their portable systems. At the time, however, it was not made clear when this app would be available for download. Then just last week, Nintendo very quietly released the YouTube app on the 3DS eShop.
The app itself is nothing to write home about, but it does work fairly well. The quality is not as high as what you get on most smartphones, but it is definitely watchable. The app also allows you to keep searching for other videos on the bottom screen while you are watching a video on the top screen. Either way, this app is surely a good thing for the 3DS because it gives Nintendo users even more options in terms of entertainment when using their handheld gaming device.
You are able to control the YouTube videos using the touch screen or the buttons on the 3DS system. The L and B buttons can be used as “back” buttons. The R and A buttons are both used as pause buttons. You can use your system’s circle pad or the D-pad to scroll through the video. All of these options are also available on the 3DS touch screen when you are not using it to browse for other videos.
The app does give you the ability to log in to your YouTube account to view your favorite videos and subscriptions. You have the ability to like and add videos to your favorites just like on any other YouTube app. The interface is very clean and straight forward. Shockingly, it works better than the YouTube app on the Wii U when it was first launched. Of course, most of the problems with the Wii U YouTube app were fixed in a recent update.
The big update that everyone is waiting for on the 3DS is coming later this month. This update will add Miiverse support and give people who own a 3DS a chance to make a Nintendo Network ID. If you already have a Nintendo Network ID on the Wii U, then you can link your systems together for the first time ever. It will also allow you to share your eShop balance between both the 3DS eShop and the Wii U eShop.