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