A couple of Nintendo consoles will no longer have access to Netflix to debut this summer. Nintendo and Netflix have confirmed that both the Wii U and the 3DS will no longer be able to use the app starting in late June. While the app can still be used, the service will end on June 30.
The announcement was made somewhat quietly by Nintendo and Netflix on their official websites. The Netflix app was already removed from the Nintendo eShop in late 2020. Now, it is revealed that the service will be cut for applications in only a few months. A message on the Nintendo website is as follows.
“The Netflix app was removed from the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS Family System on December 31, 2020. They are no longer available to new users to download. For existing users, these applications are re-downloaded at this time. It is possible to do. Services for both applications will be discontinued on June 30, 2021. Thank you for your support of these applications over the years. “
Both video game consoles are nearly a decade old, with the Wii U launching in 2012 and the Nintendo 3DS coming in 2020. But the Nintendo Switch has sold incredibly well, serving both the home console and portable markets. For example, phased support is being done for older consoles. Netflix will be the next casualty. Netflix posted a similar update on its website, confirming the news.
“Starting on December 31, 2020, the Netflix app will no longer be available for new users to download from 3DS’s Nintendo eShop. The 3DS system that has previously been downloaded can re-download the app and June 30, 2021 May continue to use Netflix. “
The Wii U was the successor to the Nintendo Wii, one of the company’s most successful consoles in its long history. But the Wii U did not keep the hot streak going. The console was slightly ahead of its time, with a bulky tablet-like controller that did not catch up. It was discontinued in 2017, selling less than 14 million units worldwide. The Wii, by comparison, sold over 100 million units. On the other hand, the 3DS was quite successful and kept Nintendo’s tradition alive as a major player in the portable console market. Various versions of the device were released over the years, eventually selling a combined 75.9 million units.
That is to say, there are many Nintendo consoles out there using the Netflix app. Especially given that the streaming service has around 200 million subscribers worldwide. It is easy to imagine these consoles, especially the Wii U, being relaunched as a streaming device on one’s TV, even though it is no longer being used for video games. It is also worth noting that Netflix is not currently available on Switch. Those who are loyal to Nintendo will need to go elsewhere to meet their streaming needs. This news comes to us via Nintendo.com.
Topics: Nintendo, Netflix, video games, streaming