GDC announcements reveal a slew of 3DS features

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The 3DS was already poised to take over the world when it launches, but these features pretty much get it ready to dominate the universe. First up, Netflix is coming to the 3DS this summer. If you don’t already have enough electronic devices linked up to Netflix in your life, you can add your shiny new 3DS to the mix when you get it. No real details have been released about the software involved and how it will look, but the important thing is… Netflix on the 3DS.

Next up we have the Short-Form Video Service coming for the 3DS. Apparently it will be short streaming videos that range for comedy to music, to whatever and it will all be brought to you by Nintendo themselves. Reggie Fils-Aime claims, “We’ll do the primary content selection, pushing the most interesting and entertaining content to find you,” so there you go. You basically get a Nintendo propaganda channel. Not quite as exciting as Netflix, but I’m sure it will be fun to kill time with.

So… that brings me to some slightly weird news. Apparently the 3DS will also be getting Game Gear games (kind of weird) and Turbo Grafx 16 games (not so weird). I had a Game Gear back in the day, and I don’t really recall there being any “must-have” games on the massive handheld device. Turbo Grafx 16 games should be cool on the other hand. I never got the chance to play most of them and would like to get the opportunity to check them out in a more legal fashion. It’s nice to see that old Gameboy games won’t be the only downloadable old school games we’ll get.

And finally… Nintendo has cozied up with AT&T which will give 3DS owners access to over 10,000 wireless hotspots starting in May. This will allow 3DS owners to access all of the things I mentioned above almost everywhere they go. It sounds like Nintendo is really trying to make sure nobody has the chance to take the crown from them in the handheld gaming world. I’d say they’re doing a pretty damn good job.


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