And There’s Still No Sign of It on the Switch
After years of supporting the discontinued consoles, the Netflix app is officially leaving the Wii U and 3DS behind. Nintendo has announced on the Netflix for Wii U webpage that they will be discontinuing the service from both the Wii U and 3DS family of systems.
The statement listed on the app’s webpage, states:
“Starting Dec 31st, 2020, the Netflix app will no longer be available for new users to download from Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console or Nintendo 3DS family of systems. During that time, it will be possible for existing users to re-download these applications. Service for existing users will continue until June 30th, 2021. Thank you to everyone who enjoyed Netflix on these platforms over the years.”
As of last week, you can no longer download the app from the Nintendo eShop on either system, but if you already have the service downloaded–you can make use of it for the time being. Support for the service won’t officially be cut off until later this year on June 30th, 2021.
This may not come as a surprise to most considering the console and handheld’s age and the lack of support for the legacy systems over the last couple of years. What is surprising is the fact that we have yet to see a Netflix app launch on the Nintendo Switch despite the console having similar apps available such as YouTube, and Funimation.
For users who only have access to Nintendo consoles for their streaming services, the loss of Wii U support for the Netflix app might be very disappointing news for some without any word on the app coming to Nintendo’s latest console. Sure, there are always alternatives such as a Google Chromecast or Amazon Firestick, but neither option is as convenient as the service making its way onto a system you already own.