The Nintendo Switch’s launch was without support for any other video-streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video, or Hulu. Just recently, Reggie Fils-Aime has come forward and confirmed to the public that Nintendo is working directly with companies Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon to bring the video streaming services to the Switch.
Fils-Aime said that one reason why Nintendo hasn’t pushed for video streaming on the Switch at launch was because they didn’t think this would be anything to set the console apart from its competition.
“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,” he stated. “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.”
Reggie also said: “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.”
Nintendo also stated before the launch of the Switch that streaming capabilities would come to the console, but wouldn’t be there right off that bat.
Fils-Aime also responded to the criticism that “the Switch’s launch lineup was seemingly weak”. As he’s said to the public before, the launch is not the be all and end all of the console.
“When you think about a new platform, what will define it as a long-term success are the ongoing range of games and experiences that come to the platform–not what’s available on day one,” he stated. “For the Nintendo Switch, we were very deliberate in wanting to make sure, from a Nintendo publish[ing] standpoint, that we had a steady cadence of great games in addition to strong titles at launch.
One of the Switch’s launch titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has received high praise from critics everywhere and has sold quite well.
The Switch is Nintendo’s fastest-selling console ever in the Americas and Europe, though Nintendo has yet to share any specific sales figures for it.