Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says “conversations are on-going” to bring YouTube and Netflix to the Switch.
This comment comes after an “error” on retailer Best Buy’s online store on the day of Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation, which listed the Switch as “smart-enabled” and invited consumers to “connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of content” on the console. This description would imply that streaming movies and listening to music on the Switch are possible, which they currently aren’t with the range of apps available.
The description was swiftly removed, but it set the Internet rumor mill ablaze, as many things often do. Of course, YouTube and Netflix on the Switch wouldn’t be completely unprecedented; the console does currently support Hulu in North America, so it would seem like a logical move. Still, the rumors were sufficient for Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to comment on them. He had this to say to Nintendo Life:
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.
It does sound like Nintendo wants to keep the Switch as close to a gaming console as possible, but the phrase “conversations are on-going” is encouraging for those who are hoping for YouTube and Netflix apps on their Switch. In another conversation with Nintendo Life, Fils-Aime described Nintendo as “hold[ing] things close to the vest”, so it’s possible we’ll see an announcement soon about these two oft-requested apps. Right now, though, it seems that’s all Reggie wants to say on the matter.
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