It seems obvious now that the Nintendo Switch has launched that the company needed to get systems into stores this month to have a positive effect on its yearly financial statements (ending March 31, 2017). Nintendo had promised shareholders that its new console would be available before the end of the fiscal year, and they succeeded in getting it out across the three major territories. Of course, with limited software at launch, an online system that’s not quite ready, no Virtual Console games, no way to communicate directly with anyone on your Friends list, and no extra applications like Netflix or Hulu, one can’t help but think the Switch was rushed to market.
While many assumed that streaming services like Netflix would eventually come to the Switch, it was never confirmed that this was in the works. In an interview with The Washington Post, Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, confirmed that they are in talks with other companies:
What I would say is this: 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.
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. 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.
Everyone that we know that has purchased a Nintendo Switch doesn’t really care one way or another about streaming services, but there’s obviously a demand for it on the system. It will be nice to have one more device that supports video streaming. No timeframe was given as to when Switch owners should expect some movement in this area.
[Source: The Washington Post]