Netflix Coming To Nintendo 3DS This Summer, 3D Video Recording Functionality Coming

By Ishaan . March 2, 2011 . 9:41am

At a keynote given by Nintendo at the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, confirmed that the Netflix movie service will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS this summer.


Content will include movies and 3D trailers. Also exclusive to the 3DS will be a “short-form video service,” which will offer content such as comedy and music videos, curated by Nintendo.


No further details regarding the Netflix service on 3DS have been provided yet. However, Nintendo did confirm that 3D video recording was coming to the 3DS soon as well.

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  • WyattEpp

    Summarised by Bogost: “Fils-Aime: 3DS is for games! Now let me tell you about how you can watch movies on it.”

    • pedrron

      And if it didn’t have it some people would still be complaining about it. Gamers nowadays are so hard to please.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Perhaps. But it’s the same sales pitch Sony introed the PSP with. A sales pitch that in the end was not the most successful one.

        • I think it’s a very different sales pitch, actually. It’s all in the branding. Nintendo are a videogame publisher, and people recognize them for that. 3DS was revealed as a game system, gaming functionality was the first thing announced for it, and games will be the form of entertainment that benefit most from the 3D effect.

          Netflix is being announced as an add-on to help make the device more mass-market. The PSP strategy was different in the sense that Sony announced it as a portable multimedia device early on, and marketed it the same way. There’s definitely a big difference between the two, imo. :)

      • WyattEpp

        Wait, who would have complained that the followup to the gamiest of the game handhelds didn’t stream Netflix? Crissakes, it’s small and low-resolution; movies are the last thing I want on it….

        • Yui

          I agree – I certainly see no reason for movies on the 3DS – but I think it best be said that you and I are two tiny raindrops in an ocean of individuals with unique tastes, interests, concerns and desires. You shouldn’t really generalise like that; though we may not see any need for it, I’m fairly certain, just looking at TS’ comment, that there is definitely a niche to which it caters. :D

  • Well even more content and support to justify my monthly payment of $18.89. Hopefully full feature length 3D movies! (I wanna see How to Train Your Dragon)

  • Chippel

    I think it’s a fine add-on, but I can’t be the only person who doesn’t want to watch a movie on a dual screen… But I guess it’s handy that you could sit it down somewhere. Still, I think I’d pass.

    • I think the top screen will play the movie, and the bottom will be playback controls.

    • Aoshi00

      If it’s an extra feature I don’t mind.. I mostly stream w/ my PS3 or 360… and I don’t have an iPad yet (iPad 2 coming).. I wonder if Netflix is region locked though, most likely is.. because I’m thinking of getting a Jpn one for Layton :(… well, it’s not that big a deal but still would be cool to have one more system to stream Netflix.. It’s funny at first only Roku has it, and then the 360, and PS3 and Wii (later w/o disc).. and now on portables even..

  • EvilAkito

    I’m actually glad to hear it. When I travel, I’m more likely to bring my DS with me than my laptop.

  • ToSeektheChosen

    I hope Sony comes up with something like this for the new psp! Or maybe something even better

  • midgard229

    not bad. hope psp2 does this, prbly will

    now children of all ages can sneak ad look at boobies when thier parents dont know!!! sneak in some spartacus and watch em bounce!!!!

    all they need is access to one of thier friends accounts and BOOM lol. o well, better for us!

    • You mean the NGP or something else?

      I wonder if the parental blocks work for netflix too…

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