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Nintendo 3DS to have Netflix Instant Watch; will have 3D trailers

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 6th, 2011

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While people may think that the handheld video game market has been done away with thanks to things like the iPhone and the influx of phone based games, Nintendo is hell bent on changing that entirely.

According to the NYTimes (via IndieWire), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company’s upcoming handheld, the 3DS (a 3D capable handheld system), will be able to not only stream content from Netflix, but that “users will also be able to pause a movie on the 3DS and restart it at the same point on a Wii, or vice versa. Nintendo is also working with movie studios to show 3D versions of trailers on the devices. ‘Green Lantern,’ which will premier in June, will be the first such trailer available.”

The 3DS is the first major consumer device that has 3D capabilities without glasses, and while that itself has drawn a lot of buzz to the device, this is where I think we may be seeing the game truly change.  Before learning this news, I had my doubts about the device, which is right now set at a hefty $249 price point, but now, this ensures that I will be purchasing the device as soon as its released.  The idea of 3D sans glasses is so insanely compelling, that it will be interesting to see it transfer to movies.  Could we see Netflix give us a 3D streaming service soon?

What do you think?

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  • http://DaftBot.com DaftBot

    Who thinks that the handheld video game market has been done away with? The Nintendo DS is the best selling video game system of all time. It’s sales figures are simply ridiculous and they still have games coming out for it despite the fact that the 3DS comes out in a few weeks.

    No other hand held has been successful because Nintendo dominates the market. If it was really dead Sony wouldn’t be making the NGP and Nintendo wouldn’t be making the 3DS at all.

    • http://twitter.com/isavedlatin89 Josh Brunsting

      The reason I say the handheld market is being done away with is that, sure, the DS may be selling incredibly well, but it’s literally the only one selling. With mobile gaming, it’s insane to say that the handheld market hasn’t taken a hit. Personally, I know no one with a DS. It may have been a bit of a hyperbolic statement, but I stick by it.

      Thank you for the comment! I will admit, I’m not the most versed gamer, so I am going solely based on things I see in the general public.

      • http://DaftBot.com DaftBot

        The DS is the only one selling and if you look through the past Nintendo has ALWAYS Dominated the hand held market no matter who tried to face off against them. Sega’s 2 handhelds died, the Lynx, Wonderswan, all of it bombed and it’s because Nintendo go their first with the most versitile system and the best 1st part games.

        When you get older sure the iPhone takes the place of a lot of hand held gaming, but PokeMon White and Black just hit and their sales figures are through the roof. You can’t count out kids who don’t have iPhones or iPod touches.

        • Noseynosemeister

          And you can’t count out even the kids that do have iPhones/iPads…there is room enough for both.

  • http://DaftBot.com DaftBot

    Who thinks that the handheld video game market has been done away with? The Nintendo DS is the best selling video game system of all time. It’s sales figures are simply ridiculous and they still have games coming out for it despite the fact that the 3DS comes out in a few weeks.

    No other hand held has been successful because Nintendo dominates the market. If it was really dead Sony wouldn’t be making the NGP and Nintendo wouldn’t be making the 3DS at all.

  • rebecca

    Gordon and the Whale should give a way a 3DS!!

  • rebecca

    Gordon and the Whale should give a way a 3DS!!

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