Reggie Says Video Streaming Apps Coming To Switch “In Time”

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In stark contrast to the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch did not launch with any video streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu, though that may change in the future. In an interview with the Washington Post, NoA CEO Reggie Fils-Aime made the vague promise that such services will come to the console in the future, as the company is first positioning the Switch as a games machine foremost.

What I would say is this: We built the Nintendo Switch to be a world-class gaming device, meaning we want you first and foremost to play games on the system and have an incredibly fun experience.

We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time. In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.

To wit, when the Wii U, the Switch’s failed predecessor, launched in November 2012, Nintendo made a big deal about how the system’s GamePad would revolutionize not only games, but “the way people find and watch TV and video content” as well.

The Wii U had apps for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, and YouTube baked into the operating system from launch day, and was updated to integrate those apps with TVii, a built-in hub that guided users to what movies and shows were available to watch. In the last few years, TVii was discontinued but the Crunchyroll video app was added to the system.

For now, the Switch is a games console first and foremost (and a “Breath of the Wild machine” for many). No date was offered for when video streaming apps would be available on the Switch.

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When he's not writing about or playing all the great Nintendo games, Alex Irish works by day at a local book emporium, and the rest of the time, he illustrates and writes online. His favorite video game franchise is Pokemon, but his favorite video game is Resident Evil 4. He also can tell you everything about animation history, from past to present.