Nintendo Adds Hulu Plus, 3D Video Recording21 Oct, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Subscription video-on-demand service, 3D video recording and exclusive 3D content from DreamWorks Animation coming to Nintendo 3DS and Wii
Nintendo Oct. 21 said it is adding Hulu Plus, 3D video recording functionality and exclusive 3D video content to the 3DS and Wii game players.
Redmond, Wash.-based Nintendo is aggressively upping games and features to the 3DS after poor sales of the sequel to the popular DS system forced the company earlier this year to cut retail prices and downgrade sales forecasts.
In addition to Hulu’s SVOD platform (which requires a $7.99 monthly subscription) earmarked to rival Netflix streaming, especially in the availability of repurposed TV programming, Nintendo is bowing an online game channel, in addition to a multiplayer feature for the Mario Kart 7 edition.
The 3D video feature allows users to record up to 10 minutes of content in 3D. Users will thereby be able to create their own 3D stop-action animation videos.
Starting today, 3DS users can download for $1.99 a new 3D “Thriller” video featuring singing and dancing by DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek characters.
Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft each are aggressively rolling out games and hardware earmarked for the burgeoning mobile game market, which observers contend includes the relatively untapped casual demographic increasingly accustomed to accessing entertainment via smartphone or tablet computer.
Gaming consoles are used more for watching online video than any other connected consumer electronics device, according to data from ABI Research, with nearly 40% of American gaming consoles used for that purpose.