The Nintendo Switch launched back in March 2017, and yet it is still absent of the most popular video streaming services, Netflix and YouTube. These services usually come as standard with many of today’s modern consoles and smart TVs, and almost everything that is in your entertainment center has some way of watching Netflix — except your Nintendo Switch.
However, the lack of streaming services on the Switch seemed to be a thing of the past, when earlier this week Best Buy updated their listing for the Nintendo product. The updated listing included that both YouTube and Netflix apps were soon coming to the console. Later that same day, Best Buy redacted the updated listing and apologized for the mistake upon their behalf.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime spoke about the future of the streaming services coming to the console. It seems like the conversation about bringing YouTube and Netflix to the Switch is ongoing. As always, his response was thoughtful and forthcoming.
“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 ongoing. We’ve got nothing to announce right now. But certainly those opportunities will come in due time.”
While having these streaming services on the Switch would be a nice addition, I don’t think many people are craving this. I certainly wouldn’t use my Switch to stream Luke Cage or watch my favorite YouTube channel. With so many other devices with this functionality, I would rather see Nintendo’s resources be allocated to creating new gaming experiences.