Video streaming support for aging Nintendo hardware has been getting pulled left and right throughout 2019. Now, another one is going to bite the dust in just a few weeks: YouTube on 3DS.
Nintendo of Japan has posted an announcement of the app’s closure:
About the Nintendo 3DS download software “Youtube” being distributed from Google, we will end the service in the following schedule.
Service end date and time
9:00 am on September 3, 2019 (Tuesday)
Ticking time bomb
As you can see, support for the app is going to be pulled in roughly five more weeks.
For now, this seems to only be referring to the Japanese version of the app. It’s unclear if YouTube support for the entire 3DS platform will be affected. For now, we’ll probably have to wait until September 3rd to see if this really does count for all regions or just Japan. That said, the app has been broken on 3DS since around May, so there is potential that support is dropping altogether.
I personally wonder how many people this closure will genuinely effect. The 3DS is certainly not the best device for media consumption. Nowadays, most tech-enabled folks own at least a smartphone and/or tablet, even small children. Thus, YouTube’s statistics likely show that the pool of 3DS viewers is too small to continue supporting. To put it into perspective, support for the 360 and PS3 versions of the app are still ongoing, and those systems have been discontinued for multiple years at this point.
Just recently, Amazon Prime Video was announced to be shutting down on Wii U. Hulu also dropped support for Wii U earlier this year, and all video streaming services were shut down on the original Wii earlier this year as well.