Netflix Hops Onto the Nintendo 3DS

Days after Internet furor over Netflix pricing, the 3DS begins housing service.

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Because you need yet another device to stream Netflix, Nintendo's latest portable now officially supports the Internet's king of digital delivery. The free app is available now in the 3DS eShop, exclusive to the hardware. Previous generation DSi units do not offer Netflix streaming.

The kicker of the 3DS though is that it's 3D, and as a result, browsing the menus reveals a sliver of multi-dimensional que browsing. Box art pops up towards the user, the bland gray backdrop suddenly not as boring as Family Guy's Peter Griffin is shoved into your face. Actually, it's more disturbing than you think.

Once into the feature, plain old 2D rules the day, although fast forwarding allows the frame preview images to leap from their plain ol' 2D shells. Que management is still better served on a PC, the clunky, sluggish interface offering an extraordinary small on-screen keyboard. It would take some time to build a future library using this, although Netflix does tend to tweak and play with their streaming devices over time.

Video quality proves fair, likely using the same compression for other smaller mobile devices, cell phones and such. On the 3DS screen, it hardly matters to most anyway. Screen size probably works in its favor.

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