As the end of an era slowly approaches the Nintendo 3DS, we’re beginning to notice changes taking place with the beloved handheld. Just today, owners of the system have received a new notification, announcing the discontinuation of the YouTube app.

Here’s the entirety of the message:

“At the end of August, the YouTube app for Nintendo 3DS family systems will be removed from Nintendo eShop as the service is ending.

Owners of New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 2DS XL systems will still be able to watch YouTube through the built-in Internet browser.

Thank you for using the YouTube app.”

Those who reside in Japan have received a similar notice, with that one suggesting that users can continue using the following methods in the future: Nintendo Switch YouTube and Wii U YouTube. The service end date will end on September 3rd at 9 a.m. in the overseas region.

While we’re enjoying our time playing a seemingly endless stream of games on Switch, we still can’t help but mourn the loss of the 3DS. The YouTube app’s end might be fast-approaching, but that doesn’t mean our loyalty to the system and its incredible library of games has to come to a stop.

So long, 3DS YouTube!


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Written by Lauren Ganos
Creative Director, Managing Editor

Designer and writer by day, gamer by night, Lauren dreams big when it comes to creative endeavors. Perhaps that's why she's taken on the roles of creative director and managing editor for Nintendo Wire. If she had a video game superhero alias, it might just be The Visionary, a true keeper of imaginative order.


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  1. xBrokenHostx says:

    The note about being able to access youtube through the buildin browser is seeming to be false…It doesnt work..

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  2. Danni says:

    HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?! It was my only method of watching youtube… I’m crying… Plus, I cant watch youtube through the built in browser… WHY?!?!

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  3. i hate that nintendo keeps deleting apps when they know people still love it and its crazy because everyday they have something to delete of their software can they undelete youtube and hulu from their software and upgrade it andthats not fair because only people with nintendo swith can watch it…

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  4. …plus they say you can watch youtube through the built in browser but everytime you try to it says error or unsuported media or something like that and i am about to get RID of my nintendo forever or sell it and never buying it AGAIN!

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  5. armando says:

    its no fare that nintendo switch can watch youtube i just wanna watch my favorite youtubers

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  6. armando says:

    i think i know how you can download youtube go in to the nintendo zone to get in nintendo zone you need a hotspot go on your phone create a fake hotspot with the name atwifi with no password or it will not work delete your wifis so your phone or nintendo don’t know is fake connect to your phone then go in nintendo zone then download youtube.

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