The Game Developers Conference is one of the biggest video game conferences of the year and runs from Feb. 28 until March 4. Today, there was a big announcement from popular video game developer Nintendo and it has a lot of people excited, including myself.
Gamasutra reports that Nintendo announced their popular Nintendo 3DS will feature streaming video through Netflix and will also have 3D content. The Netflix agreement with Nintendo will start this summer, which will allow users to stream videos, movies, trailers and other film through their popular service. Nintendo has also announced that they are working with Hollywood studios to enable people with the 3DS to view movie trailers through 3D without having to get the 3D glasses. Nintendo is also partnering with AT&T to allow 3DS owners to connect online using their WiFi hotspots, which are available at various coffee shops and hotels around the world.
I am very excited for the Netflix and Nintendo agreement, which will allow people like me to watch movies through the Nintendo 3DS system. The partnership with AT&T will ensure that I will be capable of using the Netflix service no matter if I am at home or out traveling. This is very exciting because it gives people who own the 3DS a new opportunity to enjoy all of the features of Netflix through a smaller system, so you do not have to get a Wii in order to enjoy Netflix movies.
Nintendo has been one of the biggest video game companies, and it seems to me that they are willing to expand the capabilities of their game consoles to reach a bigger audience. I have actually been debating on getting a Wii because of the fact that you can subscribe to Netflix through the system, but it is a lot of money to spend in this tough economy. I already have pre-ordered the Nintendo 3DS, which cost me about $250, and that is cheaper than the Wii. I love hearing that I will be able to watch movies and trailers through Netflix with it starting this summer. The fact that the 3DS is so portable and I can take it anywhere is something that made me interested in it in the first place. The WiFi hotspots are something I am truly happy about because I am always on the go and use the Internet to earn a living, so it is definitely a positive addition.
This is definitely a great selling point for the Nintendo 3DS because it is getting technological capabilities similar to the Wii, except it is a cheaper and more portable game system. I am so excited to get the 3DS into my hands because the Netflix and WiFi hotspots will be something I know I will use on a weekly, if not daily, basis. My dad recently bought a Wii because of the Netflix agreement so he can watch movies, so it will be nice to know I will have the same opportunities he does, but with the 3DS.
Watching 3D movie trailers is something I have never experienced before so I am also excited to see what that is like, especially since you do not have to have the glasses to view 3D material. All of the information that Nintendo unveiled today about the 3DS and the capabilities it will have is some of the best video game news I have heard all year. I am glad that Nintendo is giving us this option to enjoy the 3DS console with so many added features; it will definitely make me feel better about spending $250 on it. I am also excited about this news because who knows what other features are in development for the 3DS and if any other video game developers follow the direction of Nintendo.
Eric Caoili, “GDC 2011: Nintendo Announces Netflix, Super Mario For 3DS”, Gamasutra