More than eight months after launch, the Nintendo Switch is finally getting a bit of functionality that both of its predecessors had and both of its immediate competitors have had since launching in 2013. In its weekly press release announcing new releases, Nintendo revealed today that Hulu will become the console’s first video streaming app outside of the Japan-only Niconico app.
Nintendo did not offer an actual release date for Hulu, but many have taken the announcement to mean the service will go live around 12 p.m. EST today, which is when Nintendo typically updates the Switch’s eShop with new content.
The press release lists this URL as Switch’s Hulu webpage, but the page was not yet working as of publication time.
Streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix have been conspicuously absent from Nintendo’s hybrid home/portable console since its March 3 launch, but Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has previously hinted that they would eventually arrive on the console.
“We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time,” Fils-Aime told the Washington Post shortly after Switch launched. “In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.”
Fils-Aime reiterated those thoughts to Kotaku last month, stating that video streaming services are going to come would come to Switch “in due time.”