Nintendo’s recent game console, the Nintendo Switch, doesn’t have any video streaming services. There is no Netflix, no Hulu, no Amazon, and no YouTube. Outside of games, there are no third-party apps on the Switch at all. One can say that it is made purely for gaming – nothing else.
Well, that’s about to change for the first time since the Switch launched back in March.
In case it wasn’t clear, this isn’t a measure of the Switch not being powerful enough to run streaming video apps. Nintendo of America senior public relations manager Kit Ellis explained the logic behind the absence of streaming apps in an interview with Business Insider earlier this year :
“At launch we are really trying to be clear that this is a gaming device first, so you’re actually not gonna see a lot of that at launch. It doesn’t mean that it’s not going to come later on, but it likely won’t be there at launch.”
And now, in July 2017, we’re four months out from the launch of the Nintendo Switch – it makes sense that NicoNico is arriving right now. That doesn’t mean you should expect Netflix on the Switch any day now, but it appears that Nintendo is opening the door to third-party apps on the Switch.
When asked Nintendo for more information on other third-party apps. Nintendo didn’t give any further details regarding that.
Check out NicoNico in action right here: