Nintendo Switch Quietly Introduces Its First Video Streaming App In The US

Hulu arrives today on the Eshop.

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Despite the fact that both Wii and Wii U offered video streaming apps for services like Netflix, Nintendo Switch launched without them. For its part, the company said it was focused on making Switch a solid games system and that such apps could come later, but firm plans were never revealed. Now, the US is finally getting its first Switch video app, some eight months after its initial launch.

As always, Nintendo has sent out its weekly press release detailing the games releasing on the Eshop in the coming days. And it's there, quietly buried toward the end of a bullet point list, that we see Hulu has launched for Switch. Its Eshop page is now live, showing the app looks identical to what you'll see on other consoles, with support for ad-based and ad-free subscriptions, as well as live TV.

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Still, its release is notable given that it marks the system's first video streaming app (with the exception of Japan's NicoNico Switch app). There's no indication if this will open the floodgates for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and other services to also release their own apps or if this is intended as a test.

The absence of video streaming apps proved to be a confusing decision to some. Just after launch, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated, "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."

"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 added. "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."

Beyond feeling it would not help to set the system apart, Nintendo may have wanted to be clear in its messaging that this was a gaming system first and foremost--not something to be confused with a tablet. Whether that has played a part or not, Nintendo has achieved a great deal of success with Switch in its first eight months on the market. It's sold 7.63 million units as of the end of September, and it recently projected that Switch will top Wii U's lifetime sales within its first 13 months on the market.

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Redsyrup

Freaking 8 months for Hulu? If they don't have Netflix by Christmas a lot of adult peeps are going to boil over. YouTube is equally important for the kids. The web browser is needed by all. I can't believe Wii U and 3DS shipped with more functionality.

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RGLGAThrawn

@Redsyrup: IMO, using a web browser for portable systems is really inconvenient, as without a keyboard, it's bullcrap insane.

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Redsyrup

@rglgathrawn: I've never needed to carry my phone and 3DS to the crapper but now Nin10do thinks this is best? Just saying I want to hit up gamefaqs when I'm stuck and I expect feature parity in 2017 (IMHO).

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eureca323

Seems to work well enough. No touch controls though. Which would make it way easier to navigate and forward seek in a video. I guess that will come in a future update.

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greaseman1985

Nintendo moves at a snail's pace on everything.

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dirthurts

@greaseman1985: Nintendo also, generally, has better standards than the other guys too.

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pavelbure

@greaseman1985: Hell, it took them over a month to approve the Golf Story update that came out this morning.

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Browser Nintendo come on one of the reasons i liked the Wii U was being able to swap to the browser or Youtube for some help without having to turn on my desktop

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Richardthe3rd

Cool. I mean why not.

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chiefwiggum16

meh

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@chiefwiggum16: What do you mean meh? This is prime example of how to handle this kind of job. However things turn out, this is what you want to hear.

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Redsyrup

@blood-souls: "prime example" are you kidding? Prime example would have been having Netflix, Youtube and a Web Browser at launch (8 months ago). There's a good reason Nin10do buried this news at the bottom of a press release. It showcases what Nintendon't have. As a 3DS owner it's hard to see the value in Switch when it's missing key apps that a 5yr old device has. Spot Pass and Street Pass are also MIA.

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Calikidd86

@Redsyrup: As a Switch owner, I have to disagree. I have all of those services on how many devices already? It wasn't a big deal, but its a nice add-on I might use, save me from having to switch to my Ps4 to stream Hulu.

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GirlUSoCrazy

I just want VLC

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"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.

"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[ing] standpoint, that we had a steady cadence of great games in addition to strong titles at launch."

After being slapped on the brain by Shannon Loftis , you Reggie come as a freakin genius and a soothing scented candle to relax me and assure me of a great future with Nintendo.

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MJ12-Conspiracy

@blood-souls: *gibbs slaps the back of your head* but is it really a good future for games with another underpowered machine with a gimmick oh hey Doom on a Nintendo console....except just like SNES it's not all that and a bag of chips.....Doom 64 was actually up to code when it was new....but it was more a new game entirely rather than a port and they made it work for em....

the thought of playing an uglier version of games i could have on PS4 doesn't sound appealing nor does it sound like a bright future....

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eureca323

@MJ12-Conspiracy: If you don't want to own the "uglier" version of a game then why do you own a PS4? PC plays those games with much better graphics and a better framerate. With a fraction of the load times. PC gets the you the best graphics and the Switch gets you the best exclusives. They seem to go hand and hand.

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Erebus

@MJ12-Conspiracy: Man you still don't get it....

I could sit here and explain everything to you, but I am well aware your ego is in control and its survival depends upon your ignorance.

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djezhel619

@MJ12-Conspiracy: Dude just stfu and stop talking out of your ass. The Switch takes home console games on the go. Thats the whole damn point prick.

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MJ12-Conspiracy

@djezhel619: it's not that great a feature.....oooh take ugly versions of great games on the go??? not my thing man. and dumb fracking idea.....

nintendo just makes weak gimmicky consoles, that's it....hey buy the NS, your games are the worst versions on there, I'll pass spanks.....

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SubtheScrub

@MJ12-Conspiracy: Well considering how well the system is selling right now (especially in japan where mobile market is dominant), the feature seems to be very appealing to the mass market.

But since you're just a retarded sony fanboy, I'll let you keep talking out your ass.

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Slypher9

@subthescrub: by versions.. i think he means graphics wise.. this gen of gamers seems to be all about looks and no substance, Or the little substance that's there they don't mind shelling out top dollars for it..