There’s still no sign of a Netflix app for the Nintendo Switch and now the service is leaving the Nintendo consoles it supports.
Nintendo Wii U and 3DS owners will no longer be able to stream their favorite shows starting June 30. If you are hoping to download the app for the first time, bad luck you can’t anymore.
“As of December 31, 2020, the Netflix app will no longer be available for new users to download from the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console or Nintendo 3DS family of systems,” the listings for the two Netflix apps now read (via The Verge).
“During this time, it will be possible for existing users to redownload these applications. Service for existing users will continue until June 30, 2021. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed Netflix on these platforms over the years.
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It’s not exactly surprising. Nintendo has discontinued both consoles, but considering there’s still no app for the Switch, that’s a shame for those looking to use their console as a media device. Nintendo would probably say that its overwhelming focus on pushing gaming experiences without the distractions of media apps is something its users love. However, it would be nice to have the ability to broadcast a show from the Switch console in a hotel room, or on public transport for example.
Despite the absence, Nintendo originally announced plans to bring the main video streaming apps to the Switch when the console launched in 2017. While the US version of the console now has a Hulu app, the others are still missing.
“We’re talking to a range of companies from other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon – things that will come over time,” said former Nintendo US president Reggie Fils-Aime.
“In our opinion, these are not differentiators. What sets us apart is how you play Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus going forward as we continue to pilot this platform.