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You won’t be able to watch Netflix on these consoles after June 30th

Published Jan 6th, 2021 6:18PM EST
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  • Netflix is ending service for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS consoles starting on June 30th, 2021.
  • Downloads for the Netflix app on the Wii U and 3DS ended on December 31st, 2020, but the apps will stop working altogether when service ends this summer.
  • Nintendo has still yet to add a Netflix app to the Switch.

At this point, nearly every smart device with a screen that you own is probably capable of playing Netflix. The service has become ubiquitous over the last decade, and whether you’re reading this on your phone, your computer, or tablet, you are probably a few taps away from opening Netflix and watching The Queen’s Gambit. Netflix has also extended its reach to video game consoles, including the next-generation PS5 and Xbox Series X, but if you’re still watching Netflix on a couple of older Nintendo consoles, you’re going to have to find a new box.

Some time ago, Nintendo added a notification to the page for Netflix on the Wii U announcing that the app would no longer be available to download as of December 31st, 2020. If you hadn’t downloaded the app before that date, you can’t get it on either the Wii U or the 3DS going forward. Additionally, service will end for both apps on June 30th, at which point you won’t be able to use Netflix on either device.

Here’s the statement from Nintendo as it appears on the company’s website:

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.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this is still regularly watching Netflix on a Wii U or a 3DS (which is probably why service is being ended), but consider this your last warning if you do. Nintendo actually discontinued the 3DS last September, nearly a decade after its debut, as the Switch has taken its place as Nintendo’s flagship home console and portable console. Notable, Netflix is still unavailable on the Switch, and it’s unclear when or if the popular streaming service will be added. In the meantime, as The Verge notes, you can download Hulu.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.