Nintendo Announces Netflix and 3D Video Streaming for the 3DS 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Friday, 04 March 2011

What started out as an interesting take on a handheld system is quickly becoming an incredibly appealing device for fans of 3D. There were a few big announcements to come out of Nintendo at the Game Developers Conference this week, but one of the biggest was the addition of Netflix.   This will make the 3DS the first handheld game system to offer the streaming service as an option.

Netflix won't be added to the handheld until this summer, but when it does users will be able to stream their videos right to the system.  With rumors of 3D movies being added to Netflix, the glasses-free 3DS is looking very appealing indeed.

Nintendo isn't stopping with Netflix.  President Satoru Iwata says that 3D streaming content is on the way too.  Initially it will be movie and game trailers, but short-form content like music videos and comedy clips are on the way.  If these take off, you can bet full-length programming will follow.

The 3DS doesn't have 3G or 4G built in, but that shouldn't be as big of a problem thanks to the new partnership between Nintendo and AT&T.  3DS owners will have access to free internet at over 10,000 Wi-Fi Hot Spots across the country. Nintendo's 3DS will be launching on March 27 at a price of $249.

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