While Netflix is the midst of a power struggle with its users over its streaming and disc-based services, Nintendo has just launched support for Netflix streaming via its 3DS handheld. Currently there is no advantage to watching Netflix movies with your 3DS, unless you aren’t in possession of a Netflix-capable smartphone, but Nintendo has some pretty interesting plans for users in the coming months.
According to Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President, the company is planning to roll out a few titles through Netflix that can be viewed using the 3DS’ glassesless 3D technology. What those titles would be, Nintendo wasn’t willing to comment on just yet, but we figure some of the marquee 3D titles from the past year should be available.
Though the prospect of 3D movies in the palm of your hand sounds intriguing, what is more interesting to consider is whether or not Netflix is still as viable on consoles after the huge pricing shift the company recently introduced. While some will continue to utilize both the disc-based and streaming services offered by Netflix, most are going to be choosing one or other based on their situation.
And since Netflix streaming will now completely be used as a replacement, not an alternative, to a DVD or Blu-Ray, it should behoove the viewer to seek out the optimum viewing experience — which the 3DS, arguably, is not.
Nevertheless, it’s up to the user to decide how they plan to view their Netflix movies, and Nintendo has just added yet another device to the mix. Though it doesn’t do anything unique as of yet, it does have the potential to deliver 3D films without the need for glasses or a premium purchase of on-demand content.
It’s an uncertain future for Netflix going forward, especially in the wake of its pricing backlash, but they have added one more device to their long list.
Do you think that Netflix streaming on Nintendo’s handheld is going to entice users away from their current preferred platform? Have you had a chance to check out Netflix on the 3DS? Feel free to share your impressions in the comments below.