Cartoon streaming app Crunchyroll launched on Switch today.
That’s notable for two reasons. One, it adds another streaming service to the Switch, a platform with minimal options for watching TV and movies. Switch owners still only have Hulu, YouTube, Funimation, and Pokémon TV to switch to. There are also Twitch if you like watching streamers. Second, it came out after Sony buy back billions of dollars of the service in December 2020, indicating that the company has no intention of stopping Crunchyroll from continuing to expand its wings to other platforms.
Crunchyroll on Switch, powered by Unreal Engine, is the first video app on the console to offer offline viewing. That means you won’t need an internet connection to catch up Demon Slayer if you decide to activate the app at the park or on a car ride. Crunchyroll is a subscription service that boasts one of the largest anime libraries, even allowing fans to stream shows on the same day that they premiere in Japan.
While a great addition, the Switch still lacks streaming heavyweights like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and others, which has annoyed owners who want to take advantage of the portability of the device. it to watch their favorite shows anywhere. If you don’t like anime, then Hulu is the only real option. Hopefully that will change, but since the Switch has gone five years without Netflix, it’s probably best not to get your hopes up.