Nintendo Switch will have services like Netflix and Hulu 'in time'

In an interview with The Washington Post published Wednesday, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime directly confirms that those services are in the works.

Nintendo Switch is first and foremost a gaming system, so it won't support video streaming services or internet browser functionality at launch.

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The absence of non-gaming features has been a common gripe amongst prospective Nintendo Switch customers. He says that Nintendo is now in talks with those very services, and that apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon will come to the Switch "in time". Fils-Aime says as much: "In our view, these are not differentiators". Still, the likes of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon will surely satisfy those who want them, and more importantly, will open the door for other apps on Switch. When asked about video streaming services, Fils-Aime responded that Nintendo's first priority with the Switch is for it to be a great gaming console and to worry about non-video game related activities later. We'll see what new partnerships lie in store for the hybrid platform going forward. What differentiates Switch is "the way you play and what you can play", and that will be Nintendo's focus for the platform.

Talk is just that, and hopefully Nintendo can deliver on that goal.

  • Carolyn Briggs