Netflix managed to piss off the world earlier this week by raising rates, but Nintendo 3DS owners may try to rebuild some of that public love this weekend as they discover Netflix Streaming now available on their beloved 3DS handheld. Netflix Streaming launched on the Nintendo 3DS on Thursday via a free application download.
The free Netflix Streaming application for 3DS allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies via their 3DS. On an average day, more than 1.5 million Netflix members instantly watch TV shows or movies via Wii, which has been available from the Nintendo eShop for months — so it’s a safe bet that 3DS owners are going to like the added functionality too.
To download the free Netflix application or any other content from the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo 3DS users must first install the free system update that became available on June 6.
The new Netflix application for Nintendo 3DS displays movies and TV episodes in 2D on the system’s upper screen. Users will soon have access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses.
Use of the Netflix application on Nintendo 3DS requires a broadband Internet connection and a Netflix streaming membership starting at $7.99 a month. Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans can instantly watch on their Nintendo 3DS systems and other devices, including the Wii console.
The Nintendo 3DS system’s parental control settings can be used to manage access to the Netflix application. Parents who wish to manage the specific content their kids watch will be happy to know that the parental control settings associated with their Netflix account will be applied to the streaming content viewable on the Nintendo 3DS system.