Nintendo Switch Will Eventually Get Netflix, Hulu and Amazon
In an interview with The Washington Post, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime said that streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will eventually debut on the console. Here are highlights:
On the inclusion of streaming services: “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.”
On the Switch compared to the 3DS: The 3DS is a fantastic machine with more than 1,000 games. Its key differentiator is the 3D immersive experience without need for glasses. But as good as that machine is, you can’t play a game like “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” on it. The power required — not only the computing power, but the graphics required for that game are just not available on a Nintendo 3DS. That makes it a different type of experience. That is how I would separate out those two systems. Certainly we see consumers wanting and needing both of the platforms.
On the low amount of games at launch: “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. For the Nintendo Switch, we were very deliberate in wanting to make sure, from a Nintendo publish standpoint, that we had a steady cadence of great games in addition to strong titles at launch. My answer is to look at the games that have been announced and are in development, and that should drive your purchase decision.”