It’s about time…
UPDATE: Hulu is now live on the North American Switch eShop
Ever since the reveal and subsequent release of the Nintendo Switch, people have been clamoring for the release of multimedia apps on it. Not only because videogame systems now include apps like Netflix and YouTube, but also because the tablet-like shape of the Switch system created the expectations that those apps would be included with it.
Nintendo was clear on their message about why people would have to wait for the apps to arrive on Switch, with none of them being available at launch. They stated over and over again that the Nintendo Switch was first and foremost a videogame system, and this was the message they wanted to drive.
Now that the system has been out for six months and Nintendo fans have for the most part been the dominant group of the Switch owners’ demographic, and with the Holidays fast approaching, it is in Nintendo’s best interest to start adding apps on the system that would help pull in the casual customer.
And this is exactly what Nintendo plans to do.
Hulu will be the streaming service launching on the Nintendo Switch, starting later today. That is, unless you consider NicoNico (partly owned by Nintendo) as the first streaming service app available, which is currently exclusive to Japan but can still be downloaded via a Japanese account.
Others are sure to follow as we get closer to the Holidays, but this is a good indication that Nintendo is starting to the deliver on the vision we all had of the system when it was first unveiled. It’s portability and form-factor makes too much sense to have had these type of applications missing for so long.
Now that Hulu is out, which applications do you believe will be coming next to the system?