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Even after passing the 80m units, the Nintendo Switch still doesn't have streaming apps like Amazon Prime or Netflix, even though the WiiU (and even the Wii and the 3DS) had some of them. Why? They are seemingly everywhere nowadays, and it's weird to see such a popular hardware without them.



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Probably because Nintendo realized that the idea to make people use their console more regularly by means of non-gaming apps eventually turns the console into a non-gaming machine, because it's hardly used for games anymore.

The more sensible approach is to release appealing games on a regular basis.



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Didn't they state something to the effect that with the switch they were concentrating on being a gaming device and that customers already had a multitude of devices to stream content on. Can't say as I agree but that is one less vector of attack for hackers and one less thing they have to keep updated.



RolStoppable said:

Probably because Nintendo realized that the idea to make people use their console more regularly by means of non-gaming apps eventually turns the console into a non-gaming machine, because it's hardly used for games anymore.

The more sensible approach is to release appealing games on a regular basis.

But that would mean Nintendo said no to those apps to the Switch, which would be weird, since that could bring bad press to the console ("Nintendo forbids companies from bringing services to the console" kind of bad press). Why would Nintendo say no to other companies developing sevices like those? Seems like nothing that Nintendo should bother about.



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Darwinianevolution said:
RolStoppable said:

Probably because Nintendo realized that the idea to make people use their console more regularly by means of non-gaming apps eventually turns the console into a non-gaming machine, because it's hardly used for games anymore.

The more sensible approach is to release appealing games on a regular basis.

But that would mean Nintendo said no to those apps to the Switch, which would be weird, since that could bring bad press to the console ("Nintendo forbids companies from bringing services to the console" kind of bad press). Why would Nintendo say no to other companies developing sevices like those? Seems like nothing that Nintendo should bother about.

Nintendo won't allow Game Pass on Switch and that is a gaming service, so the threat of bad press due to no movie and TV streaming isn't scary in the least.



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RolStoppable said:
Darwinianevolution said:

But that would mean Nintendo said no to those apps to the Switch, which would be weird, since that could bring bad press to the console ("Nintendo forbids companies from bringing services to the console" kind of bad press). Why would Nintendo say no to other companies developing sevices like those? Seems like nothing that Nintendo should bother about.

Nintendo won't allow Game Pass on Switch and that is a gaming service, so the threat of bad press due to no movie and TV streaming isn't scary in the least.

Gamepass is a direct competitor to Nintendo, services like Youtube, Netflix or Amazon Prime are not. Not really the same.



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Darwinianevolution said:

Gamepass is a direct competitor to Nintendo, services like Youtube, Netflix or Amazon Prime are not. Not really the same.

Nintendo isn't going to get bad press either way.

Maybe you should ask yourself what Nintendo stands to gain from having Netflix and Amazon Prime on their console.



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RolStoppable said:
Darwinianevolution said:

Gamepass is a direct competitor to Nintendo, services like Youtube, Netflix or Amazon Prime are not. Not really the same.

Nintendo isn't going to get bad press either way.

Maybe you should ask yourself what Nintendo stands to gain from having Netflix and Amazon Prime on their console.

More services and flexibility for their hardware? I get that the focus of the Switch is gaming, which is what it should be, but I'm somewhat annoyed with the lack of QoL elements and services that have become ubiquitous on it. Again, it's not a big deal, but consoles really should have more features than their predecessors, not less.



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Darwinianevolution said:
RolStoppable said:

Probably because Nintendo realized that the idea to make people use their console more regularly by means of non-gaming apps eventually turns the console into a non-gaming machine, because it's hardly used for games anymore.

The more sensible approach is to release appealing games on a regular basis.

But that would mean Nintendo said no to those apps to the Switch, which would be weird, since that could bring bad press to the console ("Nintendo forbids companies from bringing services to the console" kind of bad press). Why would Nintendo say no to other companies developing sevices like those? Seems like nothing that Nintendo should bother about.

I don't know that they have said "no" to it.  I just don't think they've actively pursued it.  Hulu and YouTube are both available on Switch.  I have a Hulu account, but I almost never use it on Switch since there is a Hulu button right on my TV remote.  Accessing the app through an additional external is redundant and unnecessary.  Same goes for Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.  With the proliferation of Smart TV's, there's less need for consoles to be used for these features.  You shouldn't need your video game console to be running all the time if your aren't playing games on it.



Darwinianevolution said:

More services and flexibility for their hardware? I get that the focus of the Switch is gaming, which is what it should be, but I'm somewhat annoyed with the lack of QoL elements and services that have become ubiquitous on it. Again, it's not a big deal, but consoles really should have more features than their predecessors, not less.

More isn't always better. Switch ditched all the defining features of its predecessors: 3D screen, Streetpass, multiscreen-gaming and Miiverse. All of them for the same reason: They weren't making Nintendo money.

Money is the most likely reason by far why Netflix and the like aren't on Switch.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Shipments