The Nintendo Switch turns two years old this month, and what\u2019s most startling about this anniversary is how little it has changed in the meantime. In some ways, the Switch now sits in a vastly different gaming landscape than when it first launched in 2017.\u00a0 Nintendo is seen as a haven for quality indie games (\u2018Nindies\u2019, as they\u2019re warmly referred to) while rival consoles from Sony and Microsoft, which for so long have focused on creating a fully-fledged multimedia entertainment system for the home, are cottoning on to the need to prioritize that core experience of games, games and games. You can see this issue in Sony\u2019s weakening resistance to cross-play between different gaming platforms, or Microsoft\u2019s determined acquisition of development studios to ensure more first-party titles.\u00a0 There\u2019s now a glut of media players and streaming devices available for your living room, while even our smartphones are able to play and stream almost anything consoles can do outside from more demanding AAA games \u2013 and even that is changing. Anyone buying a games console in 2019 is doing so for the games themselves, not its ability to play Netflix or Spotify. By contrast, the Nintendo Switch has remained a constant, gradually expanding its library of games, but being tremendously careful not to mess with its winning formula: fun, interactive titles that live up to Nintendo\u2019s quality standards. But sticking to your guns will always draw fire for not following mainstream wisdom. Is that it? When the Switch first launched in 2017, much of the criticism around the console centered around what it couldn\u2019t do. The Switch was a \u2018Zelda machine\u2019 with only one AAA game at launch \u2013 how many was it meant to have, no-one can tell \u2013 and didn\u2019t have a fully-fledged online service. It looked like a tablet, but couldn\u2019t do anything of the things a tablet could do \u2013 like run Netflix, YouTube, or desktop apps. (Image Credit: Nintendo)Nintendo has made some small concessions in this direction, firstly with a video app for US streaming site Hulu. The lack of other mainstream streaming services may seem odd (though an exclusivity contract with Hulu seems likely). YouTube made sense too, for a console centered on teenagers fixated on the Google-owned video platform. An unexpected expansion of the Switch\u2019s capabilities has also come in the form of comic e-readers. The Inkypen app launched on Switch back in late 2018, with the similar and possibly unnecessary addition of Izeno this February. Both are comic book readers that focus on indie and international publications, offering a wide range of content but missing a few key areas for comic books fans \u2013 DC and Marvel, anyone? (Image Credit: InkyPen)It\u2019s hard to say with confidence why Nintendo couldn\u2019t or wouldn\u2019t bring Amazon\u2019s more established Comixology service to the console instead. But the pattern emerging is of a publisher reluctant to let third-party applications overpower the experience of owning a Nintendo Switch console.\u00a0 Even the slow drip of NES titles to the Nintendo Switch Online service \u2013 two or three a month \u2013 shows an unwillingness to distract from the newly-released titles hitting the service, or give you everything in one go. If Nintendo\u2019s best-selling portable console becomes best-known for watching Netflix series or reading the latest Batman Metal comics \u2013 rather than playing Zelda, Mario or Metroid \u2013 it\u2019s not servicing the primary function of the Switch as a games machine. While this might frustrate players used to all their devices supporting the same platforms, it also allows the Switch to retain some identity \u2013 and not compete directly with the tablet or traditional home console market. Nintendo Labo bridges cardboard creations with digital software. (Image Credit: Nintendo)The release of more Nintendo Labo kits shows a company willing to experiment with the kinds of play on offer, as do the rumors of VR capability for the Switch down the line. And I\u2019d argue Nintendo is innovating in the right areas, rather than making the Switch\u2019s homescreen look like every other smartphone, tablet, or smart display on the market. Do we really want a full roster of Android or iOS apps for the console? I\u2019m not saying I wouldn\u2019t like to see that little Netflix icon appear on my Switch\u2019s home screen one day. But if Nintendo refused to give it to me, it would probably be a better way to keep me playing.