Netflix goes live on 3DS

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


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  • Conservative_Gamer - July 15, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I need to test this out first to see if it's any good, but I do see some nice perks about watching netflix on the 3ds rather than a phone. First, I only have an android phone, so I don't have a mobile version of netflix right now. Second, Even if I had netflix on my phone, I would rather wear out the battery on my portable game system rather than my phone with all of my contacts on it. Third, When netflix begins streaming 3d movies, the 3ds will be one of the only few ways to watch them on a portable device in 3d without glasses.
  • shawksta - July 15, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    Im waiting till later to use it and get a free month. @jmcgrotty Oh so when Nintendo offers netflix its bad but when others do its okay? Can you trolls be anymore pathetic? and bullshit the 3DS is doing an awesome job
  • jmcgrotty - July 15, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    You screwed up the first line of the article. It said "Nintendo has made good on its E3 2011 promise to give 3DS owners access" when obviously, it should have read "Nintendo has made good on its E3 2011 threat to give 3DS owners access." Obviously, adding stuff like that is only going to speed of the end of Nintendo as a hardware developer, and they were doing that well enough with the Revolution and Cafe. They don't need to work THAT hard to go out of business. 3DS has failed already.
  • ClusterShart - July 15, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    It's free, so i'll get it.
  • Spybreak8 - July 15, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    Are you a Netflix member, no. Not the best time for this to finally launch considering Netflix just announced their new "pricing plan" aka screwing over loyal fans and alienating new ones.
  • Rodpercent - July 15, 2011 1:31 a.m.

    being that is already on everything else is more of a benefit i think, I am already paying for the service of streaming on my PS3, Itouch, and win7 Fone. The interesting part would be seein what they do with the 3d content.
  • Aletheon - July 15, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Only this generation would complain about a free additional service on a game device.
  • Daruniah - July 15, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    Editor tweets seem to say that Netflix on 3DS is not so great.
  • brickman409 - July 15, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    wait do you have to pay extra to get it on your 3ds, or is it free if you already have netflix account? also is there 3D movie support for it?
  • Riche666 - July 14, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    I think its pretty nice.
  • ChiChiRocket - July 14, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Oh emm gee!
  • falcon4196 - July 14, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    So I've got Netflix on my 360, PS3, computer, cell phone, and iPod. I'm trying to think if there are any more places I can have it short having anything implanted.
  • Cyberninja - July 14, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    well not trying to start a flame war but is netflix also coming to vita? also i own a 3ds so i am not a sony fanboy asking the question
  • Ravenbom - July 14, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    Well, I'd rather use the 3DS than my iPhone because the battery on the iPhone lasts long enough for TV episodes, not movies. Plus I'd rather not completely drain my phone if I don't have to. BUT, I think given the option, I'd just as soon stream from my laptop if I'm on the go. So, it's a might use it, not a definitely will use it.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - July 14, 2011 8 p.m.

    I believe this is relevant:
  • codystovall - July 14, 2011 7:57 p.m. dont have any.
  • Stripeless - July 14, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    I don't have a smartphone, but I do stream Netflix on my Wii. This is absolutely perfect for me.
  • UsernameLoser - July 14, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    There's a youtube app on everything else except PSP, which sucks ass.
  • mackshizzle - July 14, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    I still want a Youtube app.
  • UsernameLoser - July 14, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Well I bought this: So my 3DS lasts like 10 hours, good because I use online and and loud sound, because my house is always loud because my sister won't stop bitching about how she can't find clothes that fit her. And I also new about this before it was reported on, YAY!

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