Nintendo Switch Finally Gets Its First Major Streaming App Today


The Nintendo Switch launch was one of the most bare-bones in recent memory – the system even lacked basic video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube (which the Wii, Wii U, and even 3DS had). Nintendo promised steaming apps were coming eventually, but months have passed with no signs of them.

Well, apparently that changes this week, as Nintendo has revealed Hulu is coming to the Switch. The company announced the addition in their weekly Nintendo Download press release, but didn’t provide any extra details. Thankfully, Hulu itself elaborated in a blog post:

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“Thought Nintendo Switch was just for games? It was…until today! We are very proud to announce that Hulu is the first US streaming entertainment service to debut on Nintendo Switch! Beginning later today, Hulu subscribers will now be able to use their Nintendo Switch to stream all their favorite TV whether they’re at home or on the go.

The next time you start up your Switch, you’ll be able to download Hulu directly from the Nintendo eShop and immediately dive into the new, deeply personalized Hulu experience. You’ll be able to enjoy both our traditional on-demand subscription as well as our Hulu with Live TV plan and watch live and on-demand programming from more than 50 of the top news, sports and entertainment channels.”

It’s somewhat surprising to see Hulu hit Switch before the more-ubiquitous Netflix, but the streaming service is on the rise, featuring much-discussed exclusives like The Handmaid’s Tale, and a variety of favorites that were once Netflix-exclusive, like The X-Files, Bob’s Burgers, and 30 Rock. With Hulu now on the Switch you have to imagine Netflix, Amazon, and the rest of the streaming pack won’t be far behind.

Hulu is currently only available in the United States. No word yet on when Nintendo fans from Europe and other regions can start streaming on their Switches.