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Netflix on Switch is Still Being Discussed, Says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime

Netflix for Switch wasn't at E3 2018, but it's waiting in the wings.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

You've probably noticed the Nintendo Switch lacks apps for Netflix and YouTube. That's going to change, says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, but not for a little while yet.

"When we launched the Switch, we were very clear we wanted to position the device as a game-playing device. We've done that, and so you’ve seen Hulu for example come on to the platform," Reggie told Bloomberg in an interview at E3. "In terms of other services, the conversations are on-going. We've got nothing to announce right now. But certainly those opportunities will come in due time."

Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct presentation and subsequent Treehouse coverage was very much focused on Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. A strong rumor circulated before Direct suggesting Nintendo was about to unveil Netflix and YouTube for its handheld / console hybrid, but it didn't happen.

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In fact, Nintendo's decision to make this year's E3 almost entirely about Smash Bros Ultimate has some investors worried about whether Switch can sustain its momentum. Stock prices have dropped to their lowest point in nearly three years. Fils-Aime talked to Bloomberg about the seeming lack of Switch titles at E3 2018, too.

"When we approach an event like E3, we show content that will launch over the next six to nine months, and no more. I'’s the pacing of news, the pacing of launches that will drive the business forward," he said. "So what I say is, don’t worry, we're driving the business forward, we're driving engagement on the platform, and that’s what’s most important."

Regardless of how investors feel, regular Nintendo fans are hyped for the latest Smash. Take a look at our Super Smash Bros Ultimate guide for everything you need to know about the game.

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