Netflix has continued to appear on a number of games consoles and other devices over the years, to the point where we now expect it as a default application. Whether it’s a brand new television, smartphone, PlayStation 5, or Xbox Series X|S, Netflix is usually just a couple of button presses away.
However, for those streaming Netflix films and TV shows on their Nintendo Wii U and/or Nintendo 3DS, you only have several more months to enjoy this luxury. Nintendo have confirmed that Netflix will cease to work on these devices as of June 30th, 2021.
For those who haven’t downloaded Netflix on Wii U or 3DS in the past, you won’t be able to find it via the eShop as it’s since been delisted.
Here’s the official statement via Nintendo:
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.
Netflix was made available for the Nintendo 3DS back in July 2011 shortly after the console launched so at least it’s had a good innings.
Sadly, there is still no news as to whether Netflix will be available on the Nintendo Switch. This has been one of the system’s most requested features since the Switch launched though Nintendo have yet to confirm if or when it will appear. Although Netflix is being taken offline for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, this shouldn’t be seen as Nintendo preparing to announce it for Switch – it’s likely part of their effort to wind down online services on legacy consoles.