Nintendo’s 3DS portable gaming console will soon be streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix and other 3D video content. The announcement was made by Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo’s President for America at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Nintendo already allows its Wii users with Netflix subscription to stream movies and TV content directly onto their console. However, starting from this summer, Nintendo 3DS users will also be able to watch videos on the portable console on the go.
Fils-Aime further announced that the gaming console maker has partnered with Hollywood studios to make 3D trailers of their feature films, that could run on the 3D compatible mobile console from Nintendo. According to Fils-Amie:
We’re offering [movie] studios a distribution vehicle to a large and motivated userbase to promote their upcoming releases in 3D without glasses. And those owners will want to share those experiences with others.
Nintendo has also entered into a partnership with AT&T to provide around 10,000 WiFi hotspots at restaurants, coffee shops, airports, and other locations. The partnership will enable Nintendo 3DS users to stream videos to their devices while being at these places. Fils-Amie didn’t discuss if users would have to pay any extra subscription fee for this WiFi access.
Nintendo also plans to start a short-video service exclusively for Nintendo 3DS users that will curate and push short videos to the portable devices.
“It’s about discovery, but that doesn’t necessarily mean endless searches by you,” he explained. “[It’s about] pushing the most interesting and entertaining content to find you.”
So while Google is trying to enter the console gaming market with its Google TV offering, Nintendo is trying to do just the opposite – try to capture the content consumption device market with its gaming consoles.