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Nintendo 3DS Device To Offer Netflix Streaming Services

Nintendo will be offering Netflix streaming services on its 3DS handheld gaming device this summer, the company has announced.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in his keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that 3DS users will be able to access video content from Netflix from this summer. However, users won't have access to 3D video content.

The service will present users the opportunity to start a movie on 3DS and resume watching it on the Wii from where they left off. Netflix for 3DS will come with a monthly subscription rate of $7.99. Users will be able to stream movies on their devices from a wireless connection.

The company also said that it was partnering with AT&T to allow 3DS customers to get free access to more than 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country from May. Nintendo advised that users will be able to register themselves with a free service called SpotPass, which would grant them free Wi-Fi in select public places, retail outlets and airports.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated, “Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hotspot connectivity.”