Nintendo reveals Switch will offer Netflix, Amazon and Hulu streaming - "in time"

Well, fortunately for Nintendo, all three of these are in the works to be included on the Switch.

Nintendo America's Reggie Fils-Alme spoke on the topic during an interview with the Washington Post. Fil-Aime said that though the 3DS has more than 1,000 games and its 3D immersive experience doesn't need glasses, the Switch, on the other hand, has a higher demand for the power needed to run the games under its belt. He also brings up how the 3DS will stick around but the Switch will offer different experiences that rely on higher graphical and CPU power.

Alas, Nintendo wasn't willing to talk about this possibility at the time, but now we have a glimmer of hope, courtesy of a new article in The Washington Post. "In our view, these are not differentiators".

Fils-Aime is right about the play style of the Switch being different than that of its competitors, yes, but doesn't that portability mean it could do things like Netflix and Spotify differently than its competitors?

One of the big questions we had ahead of the Nintendo Switch launch was whether it would come loaded with the ability to tap into today's most popular streaming services, as given its portability factor, this would be an obvious boon for users. As such, I've very much come to terms with its lack of non-gaming functionality, streaming services, or really any apps at all that aren't games.

With the Nintendo Switch's likeness to an iPad or tablet, many fans have been wishing they could use their streaming service between game sessions. "And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform", added Fils-Aime. Nintendo could have delivered this value at launch by partnering with Netflix and others by planning ahead instead of waiting for its customers to complain.

  • Arturo Norris