Published on January 16th, 2010 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Dreamin' of streamin' Netflix coming to Wii
Nintendo will finally be taking its slice of the Netflix pie coming as early as this spring. The big question for the company that’s already got a stronghold on the industry is, “Will it be enough?”
With Netflix you will be able to stream movies and TV shows straight to your screen via the Nintendo Wii console, the streaming disc, and a broadband connection. This seems great for the rest of us out there that have actually connected our consoles to the internet, but is Nintendo missing the mark?
“Our research shows that 86 percent of all U.S. Wii consoles are located in the living room,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, in a statement. “Soon both new and longtime Wii owners will enjoy the benefits of Netflix—and a variety of informational and entertainment options—by being Netflix members and connecting their consoles to the Internet.”
With this being said there are still a large number of consoles in living rooms with no internet connectivity at all. This is one thing that Nintendo has been trying to overcome since the release of the Wii. Nintendo put itself back as a console contender but it does seem like a slight letdown.
The only apparent shortfall out there is the lack of HD support that the two other consoles that already have Netflix options. High definition has become the new standard in the digital world. Another slight loss is that there is no DVD playback unless altered otherwise. This seems like a backward step but still offering some options for movie fan/casual gamer. It seems like only time will tell for this feature that may or may not prove itself on the family oriented platform.