How to download and start watching

It’s been a long time, but Crunchyroll, the famous anime streaming service, is finally available on the Nintendo Switch. Here is how you can download it and start watching your favorite anime on your favorite console.

Crunchyroll is finally available on the Nintendo Switch

In February, Crunchyroll entered a select group of Nintendo Switch streaming services with the cutest trailer possible. You can already find the Crunchyroll app in the Nintendo eShop. It lets you watch your favorite anime in handheld or tabletop mode or stream it to your TV screen using the docking station.

It is one of the few streaming services available on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, others like Netflix or Disney+ are not available on the console at the moment. But you can still find other streaming services like Pokemon TV, YouTube, Twitch, and now Crunchyroll.

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How to find and download Crunchyroll on the Nintendo Switch

Downloading and using Crunchyroll on your Nintendo Switch couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Open the Nintendo eShop. It’s the orange bag-shaped icon that appears at the bottom of your screen.
  3. If necessary, choose the profile you want to use.
  4. Once in Nintendo eShop, select the Search/Browse on the left side of your screen.
  5. Walk in Crunchyroll in the search bar.
  6. Select Crunchyroll from the search results.
  7. Select Free download.
  8. Hurry Free download again to confirm.
  9. Hurry close.


And that’s all! Once the Crunchyroll app is installed on your Switch, all you need to do is open it and sign in or create a new account. You can also skip all that, browse the Crunchyroll library first and start watching anime.

What do you need to use Crunchyroll

Like Netflix and other streaming services, Crunchyroll is a paid service. You’ll need a subscription to take advantage of Crunchyroll’s premium features, like offline and ad-free viewing.

However, what’s really cool about Crunchyroll is that you can use the service for free. Without subscribing, you can still watch pretty much all available episodes and movies except for the most recent ones. Of course, that means you won’t get all the features of Crunchyroll and you’ll have to watch (lots of) ads with every episode you watch. Still, it’s a bargain if you’re on a budget.

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Otherwise, Crunchyroll offers two different premium services: a Fan Membership and a Mega Fan Membership. The Fan subscription costs $7.99/month, which you will pay annually. The Mega Fan plan costs $9.99/month, or you can upgrade to an annual Mega Fan subscription for $99.99, giving you two months free. Or you can go the free route and watch your favorite anime with some limitations.

Nintendo Switch is always late

Unfortunately, if you’re not a huge anime fan, you don’t have many streaming options on the Nintendo Switch. Unlike the PlayStation and Xbox, the Nintendo Switch lacks some popular subscription services. Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu and many more are absent from the platform. Additionally, there’s no clue when, or if, these streaming services will be available on the Nintendo console.

Crunchyroll has become the third streaming service to launch on the Nintendo Switch in recent months. The first was the Pokemon TV app in September 2021. And earlier this year, Twitch also released an official app for the Nintendo Switch.

Welcome, Crunchyroll

For anime fans, this is great news. You’ll be able to watch cartoons on the go or move them to the big screen at home in a snap. But if you’re still not sure if Crunchyroll is worth it, there are other great streaming services available.

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