The Nintendo Switch has been progressing steadily since its release in March, but the system is still very much in its infancy. Beyond the premium online service, the Switch is also missing entertainment/multimedia applications such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and others. These are not necessary features, but definitely a nice bonus. The Wii U launched with almost all of the major entertainment apps, so it was strange that Nintendo opted to omit them this time around. Even so, Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, admits that there’s a demand for these apps and Nintendo is aware of it.
Speaking with Polygon, Reggie stated that Nintendo “recognizes” that features like those “are important for a device you can take with you.” (Related: “Could the Switch Sell Even More as a Multimedia Device?“)
Reggie also talked about the Switch’s premium online service, which was set to launch later this year, but Nintendo recently announced that it will instead be coming sometime in 2018. A specific reason was not given for the pushback at the time, but now we have a solid explanation.
He opened up about what Nintendo is doing with the Switch’s Online service that has caused it to be delayed. Here’s what he had to say:
“As Nintendo looks at the overall online digital experience there’s a recognition that there’s a lot of work to be world class. And we pride ourselves … We believe our IP is world class. We believe that when we create a piece of hardware it’s world class. We need to get our digital environment world class. And that’s what we’re working hard to do.
As we were proceeding along development, there were things we wanted to do with Nintendo Switch online that extended the development time.”
Sounds like Nintendo is really trying to make sure that the user experience is top-notch before it rolls it out for a public release. Nintendo is very much known for being very perfectionistic, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.