Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has shared that streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix on Nintendo Switch “will come in time.”
After Wii U had been criticised for having a confused proposition to consumers, he admitted that with Nintendo Switch the company wanted to firstly start with a “singular focus” that presented it as a dedicated gaming device that you can play at home and take on the go.
“What I would say is this: 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,” Fils-Aimé explained to The Washington Post.
“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.”
He expanded on this in a Facebook Live interview with Katie Linendoll: “We wanted to launch, though, with a dedicated gaming device. We wanted to have this singular focus because again, I have to say it, we learned some lessons from the launch of Wii U, where the proposition maybe wasn’t as clear as it needed to be.
“We wanted folks to understand that this is a gaming device that is built for your big screen TV, that you can take on the go. Clarity of message. The conversations are happening with all these various application providers, it’s gonna come in due time. We’re focused right now on a great gaming device.”
Nintendo Switch has now launched worldwide, priced at £279.99 ($299.99).