The Nintendo Switch launched in March with no video streaming services whatsoever. Nintendo said this was because it wanted to focus on games and games alone for launch, and that strategy seems to have worked, as the console has sold incredibly well thus far. The video streaming service Hulu was added in November 2017 but Netflix is still nowhere to be seen. All hope is not lost however, as Netflix has now confirmed that it remains in discussions with Nintendo about bringing a Netflix app to the Switch…someday.
“We are still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo, but don’t have definitive plans to share at this time,” a Netflix spokesperson told Polygon.
The Netflix support Twitter account recently alarmed some Switch owners when it tweeted about there being “no plans” to launch a Netflix app on the hybrid console. That tweet has since been removed. The statement from Netflix is more open-ended and positive-sounding.
It seems like it is only a matter of time before Netflix comes to the Switch. Before the Switch was released, Nintendo executive Reggie Fils-Aime said the company was in discussions with Netflix and others to bring their services to the console.
The Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling console ever in the US for its first 10 months. Worldwide, the system has now sold 7.63 million units, though this figure is only accurate as of September 30 so it does not include any holiday sales. Nintendo will update the sales figure when it reports earnings next, on January 31.