Do you think this guy is watching Netflix on his Switch? It’s a trick question, because he’s obviously playing a game, duh. It’s also a trick question because Netflix isn’t available on Switch. And it’s also a trick question because even if Netflix were available on Switch, you wouldn’t be able to stream content on it during a flight because there’s no internet on airplanes. Okay, some airplanes have internet. Most don’t. We’re getting stuck on details.
With Netflix apps already available on almost every other device ever invented, Switch owners are probably wondering what’s up with that. It’s not even one of those, you know, inscrutable Nintendo things, either – you can install a Netflix app on a Wii, Wii U, 2DS, and 3DS. But not Switch. And responding to a recent query on Twitter (which has since been deleted from social media, but not from the archives of reality), Netflix has “no plans” for an app on Nintendo’s new mobile console.
The company subsequently clarified the situation with Polygon, however, explaining that it’s “still exploring the opportunity with Nintendo, but don’t have definitive plans to share at this time”, whatever exactly that means. I can only imagine that some guy with an expensive silk tie is pondering a “Netflix on Switch Y/N, oh, and pizza or hotdogs for lunch?” memo on his desk, and simply can’t make up his mind. About lunch, I mean.
In the meantime, though, if you’re on an airplane that actually has internet, you can stream Netflix on your phone instead.