January 12, 2021
Nintendo Removes Netflix from 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo is Discontinuing Netflix Support on the 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo will no long support Netflix on the 3Ds and Wii U, after removing the streaming platform from the company’s proprietary eShop…

Consumer electronics and video game company Nintendo has announced that it will discontinue support for Netflix on the 3DS and Wii U. This, after the corporation pulled the streaming service from its eShop for both these devices. Although there’s no way to download the world’s most popular streaming platform from the Nintendo eShop, anyone who already has it can still watch content, but only until Wednesday, June 30th, 2021.

Nintendo Removes Netflix from the 3DS and Wii U

The change shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given it applies to older devices. But, it also means there’s no way to watch through any of the company’s devices. However, Reggie Fils-Aime, the former head of Nintendo America, did say about three years ago that the company had plans to bring both Netflix and Hulu to the Nintendo Switch. Though, no specifics were given at the time of the statement.

The move affects the entire family of Wii U and 3DS consoles, including New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, Wii U Deluxe, and Wii U Basic. Nintendo explains in a statement:

“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.”

Ashley Lipman

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