A big criticism of the Nintendo Switch has been the absence of non-gaming features, including support for streaming apps like Netflix. The company addressed this issue in January, telling fans this functionality was “being considered.” And, speaking to The Washington Post this morning, Nintendo America's chief operating officer, Reggie Fils-Aime reiterated these promises — but didn’t offer a firm timeline.
“We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time,” said Fils-Aime. “In our view, these are not differentiators. 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.”
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Fils-Aime also defended the lack of launch games for the Switch, saying that the long-term view would be more important in defining the console’s success. “My answer is to look at the games that have been announced and are in development, and that should drive your purchase decision,” he told the Post.
So far, these factors don’t seem to be denting consumers’ enthusiasm though. Early reports say the Switch has sold more in two days in the Americas than any other Nintendo system (although we don’t have firm numbers for that claim). If Nintendo wants to secure the Switch’s future, though, adding streaming services — and maybe a web browser — are a must.