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At launch. That’s the big one here.

The Nintendo Switch, as was previously rumored, will not launch with any media apps. It’s a gaming machine with social media connection at the start.

The official word comes from Kotaku as they received clarification from Nintendo. When they asked about Netflix, Amazon, Hulu or HBO Go support, here’s what Nintendo offered:

All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch. However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update.

“At launch” is important

Video-streaming services will come to the Nintendo Switch. The company can’t hope to offer a modern gaming console without apps like Netflix or HBO Go. Those are a requirement for today’s standards.

The Wii U didn’t have this stuff at launch, either.

These entertainment apps will come. When they do, we’ll have the news.