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Netflix, eShop Coming to 3DS This Summer

Tuesday during a keynote address at the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime -- along with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata -- said that the subscription-based video streaming service Netflix will arrive on the new Nintendo 3DS handheld platform this summer.

After taking the stage to cover specific features for North American customers, Fils-Aime revealed a collaboration with AT&T to provide 3DS owners with automatic and free access to more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide. The AT&T accessibility will arrive by way of a major OS update planned for a May 2011 release.

The May update will also bring Nintendo's eShop, the company's virtual storefront that will offer a short-form video service for viewing Hollywood movie trailers in 3D (like Green Lantern, etc) as well as access game trailers, screenshots, publisher links and more.

Fils-Aime said that players will also have access to downloadable classic games via the 3DS Virtual Console service including titles from Game Boy, Game Boy Color (Pokemon!), Sega Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 libraries. An Internet browser and games currently offered as Nintendo DSiWare will also be available. Additionally, "3D Classics" will introduce select classic video games remastered in 3D.

"The system update will also provide a solution for Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners to transfer their Nintendo DSiWare games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems," Nintendo said Tuesday.

As for Netflix, Fils-Aime didn't specify an actual date, stating only "this summer." The company indicated that Netflix for 3DS will work in conjunction with the Netflix application currently on the Nintendo Wii, meaning that Wii owners can start a movie at home, and then pick up where they left off later from a different location using the 3DS.

The Nintendo 3DS launches here in the States on March 27 at a suggested retail price of $249.99. Netflix is already available on the iPhone 4, iPod Touch and iPad. As of last week, Android owners can stream Netflix content to their Android-based device via Wi-Fi or 3G by using the PlayOn digital media server PC software and the PlayOn Mobile Android app (Snapdragon not required).

To see a short version of the Nintendo keynote address, check out this liveblog here.