Netflix, 3D trailers coming to 3DS in May

While the biggest news from Nintendo's GDC keynote speech this morning was undoubtedly a new Super Mario game for 3DS, the second takeaway would be the addition of Netflix. The video-streaming service is set to arrive on 3DS via a rather large system update slated for late May, which also incudes 3D movie trailers, the Nintendo eShop and the ability to transfer DSiWare games from existing DS hardware.

Above: A subtle, humble Nintendo telling everyone how it's done

Nintendo made specific mention of June's Green Lantern film, which will be one of the first 3D trailers available for download on 3DS after the update. Additionally, they teased the ability to record your OWN 3D video, but stopped short of fully explaining the feature. NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime said the world is eager to create and digest 3D video content, and they're "investing to help accelerate that process." He then mentioned Nintendo would offer comedy, music videos and other video content that's been "curated" for viewing on 3DS. Suppose we'll have to wait on that, too.

So... anyone use the Netflix app on iPhone a lot? It works well, but if there's a laptop option available, I'm always going to choose that over a tiny (albiet gorgeous) screen. Is the 3DS screen an appropriate size and ratio for Netflix viewing, especially compared to all the smartphones that already offer the service? Guess we'll know in late May, two months after the 3DS arrives in stores.

March 2, 2011


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  • GamesRadarBrettElston - March 3, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    TECHNICALLY Mattel made the Power Glove, Nintendo had nothing to do with its creation. And it was garbage.
  • shawksta - March 2, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    I love that picture, its just shouting to the gaming Industry what they need to expand the bland selection these days
  • shawksta - March 2, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    @kingsmikefan No, Nintendo's Been Innovating the whole time, it was their idea for Motion control (NES Powerglove) and the Glasses free 3D, Sony like to mix everything, but thats not bad.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 2, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    Don't give two shites.
  • bobbybroccoli - March 2, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    Do not care one bit. I excited about the 3ds, but I rarely watch movies, most certainly not on a puny screen like that.
  • Spybreak8 - March 2, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Damn it, I would guess this streaming Netflix to your 3DS uses internet bandwidth, which I have limited amounts due to totalitarian ISPs. Already knew about the Mario game, still surprised they didn't make it for launch though.
  • kingsmikefan - March 2, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    Nintendo's big "Innovation" sign just makes me want to shout out to them "GIMMICK!" First it's motion control, now it's 3D, and this is Sony's more than it is Nintendo. Ripping off each other shamelessly...
  • sirdilznik - March 2, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    Nintendo bringing the goodness at GDC. Super Mario #DS being made by the Super Mario Galaxy team and now this. Man I can't wait for March 27th.
  • claytonmiller - March 2, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Oh my God, YES!!! This just keeps getting better and better! Seeing as how I don't have a smartphone and I most certainly don't have a 3D enabled device (until March 27th, at least), this is awesome news for me. Also, I like how the image is described as "subtle". Subtle like a giant screen with giant words. The best kind of subtle.
  • Plasmahead321 - March 2, 2011 7:04 p.m.


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