Nintendo Switch launched without any of the usual suspects in the realm of streaming apps. No Netflix. No Hulu. Just games. The idea was to present Switch at launch as a games-focused console that you can pick up and play without distraction. Over a year later, the console is still fairly lacking in the app department (although it does now have Hulu), but that could be changing in the future.
recently posted a listing that indicated Switch will soon be receiving both Netflix and YouTube apps. This listing was later removed, and Best Buy claims it was just a mistake on their part. Of course, we’ve heard similar things before with leaks that turned out to be true. Further adding to the speculation, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime recently indicated to Bloomberg that there are ongoing talks to move forward in the area of streaming apps.
“When we launched the Switch, we were very clear we wanted to position the device as a game-playing device. We’ve done that, and so you’ve seen Hulu for example come on to the platform. In terms of other services, the conversations are on-going. We’ve got nothing to announce right now. But certainly those opportunities will come in due time.”
— Reggie Fils-Aime
So what’s taking so long? Nintendo hasn’t provided any answers, so we can only speculate. It’s possible that Nintendo and companies like YouTube and Netflix aren’t seeing eye to eye in contract talks, Hulu could have paid for a certain window of exclusivity, or Nintendo may just not think the time is right. For now all we can do is wait and see.