Netflix now available on Nintendo 3DS; 3D content coming soon

by Alex Morgen on July 14, 2011

in Nintendo News Bits

Netflix Nintendo 3DS Screen

Nintendo 3DS and Netflix users can now download a Netflix 3DS application from the Nintendo eShop. To download the Netflix application, make sure you have the latest System Update (see how to update your Nintendo 3DS here). Head to the Nintendo eShop on the 3DS and download Netflix. After downloading it, register (or sign up) the 3DS to your Netflix account (you will have to use your computer to register the 3DS to be given a unique activation code).

Netflix members will be able to watch streaming movies and TV shows on their 3DS, including access their Instant Queue to continue watching a movie. The movies can be viewed on the upper 3DS screen, in standard 2D mode. I gave it a test run on a movie and the top screen display looks sharp and colorful. Compression artifacts are barely noticeable (mainly on flat colors and you really have to lookout for them). The bottom screen functions with touch controls, allowing pausing, playback, skipping, fast forwarding and rewinding.

Although there is no current 3D content, Nintendo stated, “Users will soon have access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses.” During browsing movies and TV shows, the top screen has a slight 3D effect (film/movie cover box and text description box has 3D pop). Not a big deal, but it is the Netflix 3D content you will want to keep a lookout for.

Netflix service on the Nintendo 3DS is available in the United States and Canada, starting at $7.99 for the instant streaming service (which can be viewed across multiple devices). For more details on the Nintendo 3DS, visit

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