Why Is The YouTube App For Wii U So Terrible? Is Google Neglecting Nintendo?

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By now, if you’ve had any hands-on time with the Wii U then you have probably noticed that the YouTube app is irrevocably broken. Across the web, Wii U users are voicing their concerns over the application, which absolutely pales in comparison to the traditional YouTube browser mode that can also be accessed with the Wii U’s online capabilities.

Of the allegedly countless bugs the Wii U YouTube app sports, among the worst seems to be the app’s proclivity to crash for no discernable reason. “It causes my Wii U to crash. Whenever I watch a video over 30 minutes (which is quite often), it crashes when going back to the youtube menu,” writes a Wii U Reddit commenter under a post titled “The YouTube App Is Atrocious.” And while your average Reddit post may be prone to hyperbole, in the case of Wii U’s YouTube app, this may be a fitting title.

So how did Google, with billions of dollars and the world’s most brilliant minds on staff, release such a shoddy product? Harkening to Google and Microsoft’s current public slugfest, according to several developments around the time of Wii U’s launch, Google seems to have only recently began working extensively with Nintendo.

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Back in November of 2012, the Nintendo Wii received its first official YouTube app that could be downloaded via the Wii Shop Channel. Consider for a moment that at this point Wii had been on the market for almost six years. In addition, the app’s release came just three days before the Wii U was released. Clearly, Google was looking to jump in with the Wii U’s launch after years of neglecting the Wii console.

This, of course, isn’t the first instance of Google possibly favoring developers; Microsoft said it themselves: “We think it’s clear that Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses.”

Is it possible that Google doesn’t put resources into developing apps outside of Apple and Android? As one disenfranchised Wii U YouTube app user points out, with Google’s less than stellar track record when it comes to developing third-party apps, anything is possible: “I’ve never actually used the Vita app. But the Youtube app sucks on the Roku, PS3, WD Play, and now the Wii U.”

Let’s keep hoping for some fixes in the next update.

 

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