Ten years ago, Netflix reported that 25% of its subscribers stream shows and movies on the Nintendo Wii. But the companiesâ€™ decade-long relationship could come to an end this year. According to a Nintendo support page, Netflix will stop working on the Wii U and 3DS after June 30, and the Nintendo Switch still lacks a dedicated Netflix app.
Nintendo removed Netflix from the 3DS and Wii U eShop on December 31, 2020. People with the app can enjoy it until June 30, and people who used it in the past can still re-download it from the eShop.
The end of Netflix support on 3DS and Wii U should come as no surprise. Anyone with a smartphone can access Netflix on the go, and the rise of cheap smart TVs and streaming sticks replaces the need to stream from a game console. Still, the absence of Netflix from the Switch is odd given that competitors like Hulu have Switch apps.
Netflixâ€™s debut on Nintendo consoles began in 2010 through the use of a proprietary Netflix Wii disc. One year later, the company launched a Netflix app on the Wii Shop Channel and 3DS eShop. The Wii U got its official Netflix app with portable GamePad support in 2012. As of right now, only modified Nintendo Switch consoles can run Netflix.
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