So it looks like in addition to commissioning a Youtube app for Wii U, Nintendo also made one for the regular Wii. I am sort of flabbergasted at how bad it is. Like I thought the Xbox 360 Youtube app was weird and dumb, but wooooow.
For example: Once you log in to your Youtube account on the Wii, as far as I can tell it completely removes your ability to access the Youtube “front page” where all the popular videos/genre listings live. You can only access your own personal uploads, favorite videos, and subscriptions. Anything beyond that must be discovered from the search bar, because there aren’t even any “related video” listings.
There’s no way to get to your “Watch Later” playlist, which seems sort of crazy to me, because that was Youtube’s big push last year where you had one special playlist of videos accessible from all devices that was quick and convenient to add content to and it is completely missing in action here.
Also, the player itself seems to possibly suffer from framerate problems - it was hard to tell, really. Some videos definitely did not seem 30fps.
I watched one of my video reviews with subtitles on for the hell of it (which, to be fair, is something I don’t think you can do on the Xbox) and the Wii couldn’t keep up with what was being said sometimes. Like, I wrote my own closed captioning/subtitles files for all my video reviews, but at one specific point in the Shenmue video I cycle through phrases apparently too fast for it to display them all.
And of course it does the thing that ALL Youtube apps do, where you are provided a list of channels you are subscribed to but must check each individual channel one at a time for videos they have posted. Why do they do this? Is this some kind of weirdo Youtube mandate? It makes the subscription center borderline worthless because of how tedious it is to check for new content, but this is the way it is on every Youtube app on every device. Give me a one-stop universal list of all subscribed content or you probably shouldn’t bother.
Since it was apparently paid for by Nintendo and is on a last gen piece of hardware it’s not going to be surprising if it is frozen at this level of poop forever.