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Netflix Launches Today On Nintendo 3DS, 1.5M Daily Users On Wii

Netflix Launches Today On Nintendo 3DS, 1.5M Daily Users On Wii

July 14, 2011 | By Mike Rose

Nintendo has announced that movie and video streaming from Netflix will be available today via the Nintendo 3DS handheld for all Netflix members.

Those Netflix consumers who pay for a monthly unlimited streaming plan can download the free Netflix application through the 3DS eShop and watch TV episodes and films streamed straight to the console.

The service launches with a selection of 2D programmes and movies, with select stereoscopic 3D movies set to appear sometime soon.

[UPDATE: Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime clarified that Netflix was a 2D service, augmented by selected stereoscopic trailers and videos also available on the 3DS. Netflix has yet to announce any support for streaming stereoscopic 3D content.]

Netflix was added to Nintendo's Wii console early last year, and shortly after Nintendo revealed that nearly 1 million gamers were using the service.

The publisher has now revealed that Netflix on the Wii attracts more than 1.5 million users on a daily basis. Content available to watch include movies, documentaries, reality shows and sitcoms.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime explained, "The new Netflix application looks great, plays great and is a fantastic consumer experience."

"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 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."

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