Nintendo has made good on its E3 2011 promise to give 3DS owners access to the sweet, sweet, movie and television streaming goodness that is Netflix. Starting today, American and Canadian users can turn their handhelds into duel-screen megaplexes by downloading the free Netflix app from the Nintendo eShop and signing up for an all-you-can-watch (not free) unlimited streaming account.
“The new Netflix application looks great, plays great and is a fantastic consumer experience,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in today's release. “It gives Nintendo 3DS owners access to an amazing wealth of movies and TV shows, which they can watch conveniently from thousands of free Wi-Fi access points across the country. Nintendo 3DS truly offers something for everyone.”
Plans start at US$7.99 a month and require a broadband internet connection. Parents worried that their kids will start watching Human Centipede or episodes of Weed can take comfort in knowing the 3DS' parental controls can also be used to regulate Netflix content (still, they have to learn sometime, right?).
Currently, the service allows for owners to view Netflix's library of movies and TV shows in the upper screen, however Nintendo hinted 3DS users will soon be able to view 3D content that, like the system, can be enjoyed sans-glasses.
Netflix on the 3DS sounds appealing, however the service is already available for virtually every other portable device; many of which can stream faster and live longer. How about it, 3DS'ers? Is this a feature you'll be paying for?
Jul 14, 2011