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Nintendo: Netflix hits 3DS with update, service used by 1.5M Wii owners

Thursday, 14th July 2011 13:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has sent over a list of what is available for download on the eShop, DSiWare, and WiiWare. Netflix is also now available for 3DS in the US and Canada, which will go over well with Wii’s 1,5 million users.

Hit the break for the full update.

Movies on the go with 3DS

The Netflix application now available in the eShop, will allow users to watch movies and TV episodes in 2D on the system’s upper screen. Users will soon have access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses.

Use of the Netflix application on 3DS requires an internet connection and a Netflix streaming membership which starts at $7.99 a month. Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans can instantly watch on 3DS.

To download the free Netflix application, make sure you’ve downloaded the system update which was released on June 6.

Wii has 1.5 million Netflix users

In addition to announcing the availability of Netflix on 3DS, Nintendo also said that on “an average day,” more than 1.5 million Netflix members instantly watch TV shows or movies via their Wii console. We know this has been stated before, but we cannot seem to find the link, so apologies for that.

“The new Netflix application looks great, plays great and is a fantastic consumer experience,” said NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime. “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.”

“Nintendo is a terrific partner with Netflix,” said Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix. “We’re excited to extend the partnership to include streaming on Nintendo 3DS.”

Weekly update, July 14

eShop

  • Afterzoom
  • Baseball
  • Extreme Hangman 2
  • Game & Watch Gallery
  • Just SING! 80s Collection
  • Netflix
  • Puzzle Fever

DSiWare

  • Afterzoom
  • Extreme Hangman 2
  • Just SING! 80s Collection
  • Puzzle Fever

WiiWare

  • 3D Pixel Racing

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