When the Nintendo Switch officially launched last spring, it arrived without any streaming apps. We figured this wasn't a big deal at the time, even though all the other major consoles supporting streaming media services like YouTube. It'll come with time. Now, one year later, we still don't have a Netflix app on the Switch and it doesn't look it's even on the radar.

According to a tweet sent out by the Netflix customer service team yesterday, "There are currently no plans for Netflix on Nintendo Switch. We appreciate your feedback on it!" The tweet has since been deleted, but not before a screen capture was recorded.

We find this much more surprising now than we did when the Switch first launched, because they've certainly had time to work on it and the Nintendo Switch has proven wildly successful. A Netflix app feels like such the perfect fit, because it means you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies whether you're relaxing in bed or you want to dock it for a big screen experience in the living room.

It's also very noteworthy to point out that a Netflix app was made available on Nintendo's previous systems, including the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. Surely the Switch hardware can handle it, so that's not the holdup. Heck, Japan got a video streaming app on the Switch last summer.

Does this mean our dreams of a Nintendo Switch Netflix app are officially extinguished? Maybe not. When the folks at Polygon followed up with Netflix on the matter, the streaming giant indicated that they are "still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo, but don't have definite plans to share at this time."


In the meantime, if you want to watch some streaming video on your Switch, your only options are Niconico in Japan or Hulu in the U.S. For those of who live outside of those two countries, I guess we'll just have to drown our sorrows in some Super Mario Odyssey and the upcoming Mario Tennis Aces.

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