Starting today, Nintendo 3DS owners in the United States and Canada can download a free application that allows Netflix members to use their unlimited streaming plans. In announcing the news, Nintendo said that the "service adds a huge value to the Nintendo 3DS portable system, and again demonstrates how Nintendo 3DS continues to present new and different experiences for owners almost every day." We’ll take them at their word on that.
Naturally, Netflix is delighted as well. Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings said that "Nintendo is a terrific partner with Netflix," and that the company is "excited to extend the partnership to include streaming on Nintendo 3DS."
The new Netflix application for Nintendo 3DS displays movies and TV episodes in 2D on the system’s upper screen. Nintendo says that – in the future – users will have "access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses."
To download the free Netflix application from the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo 3DS users must first install the system update that was released on June 6.