Friday, October 28, 2011

Nintendo 3DS Gets Hulu Plus, 3D Video Recording

Thousands of hours of TV streaming, via Hulu Plus, will be accessible to Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii users for $7.99 a month, Nintendo said Friday.

In a video announcing the new features, Nintendo USA president Reggie Fils-Aime said users would be able to subscribe to Hulu Plus "by the end of the year."

Nintendo's biggest console rivals, Microsoft xBox and Sony PlayStation 3 have been offering Hulu Plus for months.

On Friday Nintendo also added details about a major firmware update for the 3DS coming in November. The biggest is 3D video recording, which will let users record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and even make their own 3D stop-motion animation videos. Nintendo will also begin offering 3D music videos for sale, like Foster the People's "Don't Stop." Today it offered a 3D music video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" covered by Shrek characters. It's available for $1.99 at the Nintendo eShop.

Today Nintendo also launched the online community (Japanese only) for Mario Kart 7, which hits stores on December 4 on the 3DS. Fils-Aime said the latest version will let players build their own racing competition and compete against up to seven other 3DS players online.

Another anticipated game "Super Mario Land 3D" hits stores on November 13, while "Pokemon Rumble Blast" hits stores on October 24. Finally, the Legend of Zelda: Skyword Sword, arrives November 20.

And while it's not confirmed for release in North America yet, an add-on analog stick will be hitting the 3DS in Japan on December 10. The 3DS shell puts a second analog pad on the right side of the system. It will retail for the equivalent of $20 in Japan and will require an AAA battery to run. Based on the design, confirmed by PC World, it likely will not function with third-party battery packs like the Nyko Power Pack+. If this add-on is going to hit North America, it likely won't come until next year.

Nintendo has been working hard to spur interest in the 3DS, including dropping the price to $170 from $250 just four months after its release. If you're still on the fence, check out PCMag's full review of the Nintendo 3DS, which picked up an Editor's Choice award.

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