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Funimation App Now Streamable On Nintendo Switch

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As of today, there’s a way to stream some of your favorite anime onto a Switch screen that DOESN’T involve piracy. Funimation has made the surprise announcement that a version of its app is now downloadable from the Nintendo eShop.

The Switch version functions like any other and includes access to all of the content accessible from Funimation, including My Hero Academia, One Piece, Naruto, Megalobox, Cowboy Bebop, and more recent additions like the final season of Attack on Titan. The Funimation app is already available on Playstation 4 and XBox One, and just added Playstation 5 and XBox Series X support last month.

“We will always go where the community wants their anime, and Funimation is 100% committed to listening to and servicing fans on every platform. When Nintendo Switch was a possibility in front of us, we were a resounding ‘absolutely’ with the opportunity to further serve fans,” says Kaliel Roberts, Chief Product Officer at Funimation. “Our teams approached the partnership with a shared goal to create a uniquely engaging app experience built for anime fans.  That passionate approach paid off with a compelling and immersive touchpoint that was purpose-built specifically for our audience.”

So if the other consoles have it, what makes this news surprising? The fact that the Switch barely has any streaming apps at all. The only streamer to make their content accessible from a Switch has been Hulu, who added a Switch version of their app to the eShop back in 2017. We thought surely Netflix and the other big boys would show up soon after. They never did.

Funimation is only the second SVOD app to appear on Switch. Putting this into greater perspective, the Wii U had apps for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, and it was the freaking Wii U. The 3DS could access Netflix. The Switch’s install base is huge compared to both those devices…and if Hulu proves it can be done, why hasn’t anyone else followed? (It’d be hilarious if HBO Max showed up there before it ever appears on Roku.)

You can’t watch The Queen’s Gambit on a Switch, but if it’s MHA you’re after, the device has you covered. The Funimation app is available now on the eShop.