Nintendo 3DS getting Netflix, free access to AT&T hotspots

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Acknowledging the shortcomings of its WiiWare and DSiWare stores, Nintendo revealed new plans for delivering digital content to its 3DS console. During a keynote presentation at GDC 2011, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and COO Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that company's latest handheld will receive support for Netflix video streaming sometime this summer.

Nintendo didn't share much about its Netflix partnership, but the service will let you pause content and resume it on the Wii (and presumably other platforms). In addition to Netflix's catalog, Nintendo announced a 3DS-exclusive wireless 3D video channel that will offer 3D movie trailers (a teaser for Green Lantern is in the pipeline), music videos and comedy shorts. You'll also be able to produce your own content when 3D video recording is enabled.

New video content aside, Nintendo is preparing an update for late May that adds a web browser, DSiWare software transfers, and a new eShop virtual store. The eShop will carry all DSiWare titles alongside a virtual console with playable Game Gear and TurboGrafx 16 games remastered in 3D. There's also talk of "3D Classics," but we're not sure what that's about. Being a portable console and all, Nintendo has partnered with AT&T to provide the 3DS with free Wi-Fi access at 10,000 hotspots in May. The 3DS is due on March 27 in the US.

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