Nintendo’s (NTDOY) latest game console, the Switch, may be selling like hotcakes, but coming down the pike are even more reasons to purchase the device: streaming videos from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
While the Switch, which launched late last week and has surpassed the Wii in terms of the first-weekend sales, can’t surf the internet, stream videos and music or access any app other than video games in its first iteration, that doesn’t mean it will stay like that forever. In an interview with the Washington Post, Nintendo America's chief operating officer, Reggie Fils-Aime said video streaming services from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon “will come in time,” noting the Nintendo Switch was built 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.”
Users Clamoring for Streaming Video
Nintendo may want to make it a gaming device first and foremost, but with the lines being blurred between gaming and entertainment, its fans are clamoring for the best of both worlds. According to Business Insider, there’s increasing demand among early adopters of the Switch to include streaming services in the game console. Business Insider pointed to a Reddit thread that was top voted and urged Switch owners to call Netflix and request the service on Switch. It’s not clear when the services will come to the Switch since Nintendo doesn’t see it as a differentiator. “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,” Fils-Aime said in the Post interview. (See also: Nintendo Switch's Games Are Getting Rave Reviews.)
Nintendo’s Switch is off to strong start after its launch last week with the device besting opening-weekend sales for the Wii in Western Hemisphere markets. According to Yahoo Finance, the Switch debut had the best sales in the game maker’s history. Meanwhile, Nintendo confirmed in a statement to Nintendolife that “across Europe, Nintendo Switch sold more in its launch weekend than any other Nintendo hardware in history.” What’s more, Nintendo said the game The Ledged of Zelda: Breath of the Wild not only garnered some of the best game reviews in gaming history, it is also “the biggest-selling Nintendo launch title ever in Europe, even outselling Wii Sports in first weekend sales. And all this in March—traditionally a quiet time for the games industry.”