One of the apps that gamers, netizens, and denizens of the streaming metaverse have been asking for is a Netflix app for the Nintendo Switch. It was one of the very first apps that many casual media enthusiasts asked for once the hybrid console launched, and it hasn't appeared yet. Well, it doesn't look like it's coming any time soon.
The Netflix customer service department tweeted out the response above. It indicates that the streaming company is still exploring options with Nintendo in order to bring the service to the Switch.
That tweet is actually a correction, as mentioned in the tweet itself, because Netflix had previously stated that it had no plans to bring the app to the Switch.
Some reports had gone out once Netflix originally stated that it did not intend to support the Switch, with the story nearly going viral on Nintendo-oriented news sites that picked up the first tweet. The story about the streaming app service forfeiting an appearance on the Switch was shared hundreds of times within a matter of hours. Nintendo Life, however, was quick to update gamers with the revised news to let them know that the original story was no longer accurate. However, there was already plenty of damage done, and now Netflix is attempting to redirect the potential customers toward the new message about exploring opportunities with Nintendo.
The revised tweet is quite interesting, though, insofar that, while the company has no definitive plans to share at this time, the company was quick to rectify the original tweet that stated that Netflix would not be supporting the Switch at all. In fact, I wouldn't doubt it if customer support received a brisk call from the marketing department to have the original tweet deleted, especially given that the Switch already commands an install base of more than 10 million strong... and counting.
According to most reports, Nintendo is expected to have shifted close to 16 million units by March, 2018. Early reports of the NPD's results for December, 2017 state that even without a price drop the Switch managed to make a clean sweep of December's hardware sales. The console was also one of the top selling overall devices during Black Friday.
The momentum for the hybrid gaming device doesn't appear to be slowing down, and it would make sense that Netflix most certainly looks into exploring alternative platform options for what could be 16 million people by March, 2018. That's a rather sizable consumer pool that most companies would not want to pass up.
Unfortunately, this still means that if you own a Switch you're still stuck with just Hulu for now. It's not a bad deal by any stretch of the imagination, but there are a ton of Netflix subscribers (or potential subscribers) who would probably love to watch popular shows like Stranger Things or The Punisher or Daredevil on the Switch once they get done playing Super Mario Odyssey or collecting a few chests in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... all while commuting back and forth to work or school.