Netflix to shut down on 3DS and Wii U, remains unavailable on Switch

Netflix has become a staple application for all those who own an Xbox or PlayStation console, turning a simple games console into a multimedia hub capable of streaming the best TV shows and films on the market.

However, it seems Netflix is not destined for Nintendo consoles, as the Netflix application is set to shut down on the 3DS and Wii U later this year, following confirmation from Nintendo Support.

Keep reading to find out everything about Netflix's departure from the old Nintendo consoles, alongside what could happen in the future...

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From June 30, the Netflix application will no longer be supported on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems. This comes after Netflix was removed from the Nintendo eShop on December 31, 2020.

If you still own the Netflix app on your old Nintendo hardware, you have just six months before having to say goodbye to the app.

While the reasons for Netflix's discontinuation are unconfirmed, given Nintendo has also winded down support for the 3DS and Wii U consoles as it focuses on the Nintendo Switch, its possible Netflix no longer sees it as necessary to devote resources to the two platforms.

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Will Netflix come to the Nintendo Switch?

Following Netflix's removal from the eShop, it is currently unavailable to download on any Nintendo console. Netflix joins most streaming services in snubbing the Nintendo Switch console, with only the likes of Hulu, YouTube and Funimation available for Switch users.

As Netflix winds down support for the 3DS and Wii U, this would be the perfect opportunity for the streaming platform to release a Nintendo Switch app, capitalising on the Nintendo Switch's growing number of players after a successful 2020.

Netflix has yet to confirm or comment on a potential app for the Switch, but we're remaining hopeful that it will come eventually, especially as the company continues to release TV shows based on video games, including The Witcher, Assassin's Creedand Cuphead, alongside the documentary series High Score.

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