Last week Nintendo fulfilled one of its previous promises by delivering a free Netflix streaming app available for download from the 3DS eShop and usable by those with a Netflix Unlimited Streaming account. Yesterday Nintendo followed through yet again by releasing its Nintendo Video app through the eShop and alerting users to its availability via the 3DS’ SpotPass feature.
Both of these releases represent fulfilled promises and the continually rising potential of the fledgling 3DS system that many claim is already floundering.
The recent cancelling of Capcom’s upcoming title Megaman Legends 3 is the most recent blow to the system which has faced numerous obstacles ranging from eye strain/damage to a paltry launch library. On top of Megaman’s cancellation it has been rumored that other developers are either delaying their development projects for the 3DS or cancelling them altogether due to their fear that the system may stall without ever fully taking off.
These recent doubts concerning the 3DS provide a grim but necessary point of reference that helps to illuminate why the aforementioned promises recently fulfilled by Nintendo are so critically important.
The increased functionality of the 3DS is crucial to its adoption and continued use and Nintendo understands this. While their teams work on bringing our favorite franchises to the system (Mario, Star Fox, Mariokart, Zelda, etc.) Nintendo is also hard at work fulfilling the many promises it made when introducing the 3DS in order to recapture the excitement expressed at its unveiling.
The newly released Nintendo Video channel will, once allowed, automatically download available 3D videos via SpotPass making them available offline once downloaded. When new videos are added old ones will be deleted automatically and-as of yet-there is, unfortunately, no way to save your favorites to the system.
Currently there are four available videos to watch in Nintendo Video. First there is a 3 minutes short film that depicts two “people” jogging (people are represented by colored rectangular prisms that hop down the street) who are then chased by a huge rectangular monster. It is a creative little “film” that is definitely worth a watch.
The second available video portrays dinosaurs at work in an office building and comes from our friends over at CollegeHumor. It is the kind of video one would expect from such a site and is at least mildly entertaining despite the 3D not adding much to the video
The third (and obviously most polished) video is a 3D trailer for the recently release Captain America film. Since the film was created to be shown in 3D (or 2D) it obviously enjoys a higher budget than the other videos provides a good example of well utilized 3D (not to say the film is at all worth watching, I’ll let you all decide that for yourselves).
The final video is a 30 second clip from Nintendo describing (in 3D black and white words) what the video service is. It should be watched but isn’t very exciting or flashy.
Well there you have it, another Nintendo-launched service that I’m personally hoping can really take off and draw in many new and unique content creators willing to share their visions with the 3DS owners of America.