Published on March 22nd, 2012 | by Shawn Long, Features Editor
Nintendo needs to expand upon Nintendo Video service
Nintendo Video is an interesting service. There has been a wide variety of video types on the program since it launched last year in July: anime-style shorts, College Humor videos, comedy videos, racing, and today the company launched music videos with popular acts such as Wale and B.o.B. Further announcements have been made that music acts such as Skrillex and Death Cab For Cutie will have videos featured on Nintendo Video.
While all of that is well and good, Nintendo Video still feels lacking. The main problem is that while the content updates weekly, you only can select from four videos. Old videos are presumably deleted and never heard from again. Why is this? There should be a catalog system included, where all videos are stored. A 3D video must take some time and effort to make, so why only showcase it for a week? The service has been around for roughly nine months, so you would think there would be more then enough content to have an acceptable library.
Also, why stop at just digital short videos? Nintendo should go full length feature films with this. On the Game Boy Advance, a select few films were released on cartridges, including Shrek 2. We all know that the PSP had it’s own movie library on UMD, and although it was abandoned, it did have a wide variety of movie selections and choices for the consumer. Not everyone can afford a 3D television, so why not have the latest 3D movies available to purchase either digitally or in cart form for the Nintendo 3DS? Obviously 3D movies are VERY popular right now, and Nintendo could easily capitalize on this craze. 3D full-length movies on the go? That would move some systems.
At the end of the day, I do enjoy the Nintendo Video program. I just feel that it under-achieves by limiting itself. The 3DS has an SD card, and larger ones can be purchased, so why not put some videos on those? I’m not saying release 100 movies at first, but start small and see if the consumer is attracted to the idea of portable 3D movies. Plus, every single person reading this article would LOVE to watch Terminator 2 in 3D on the 3DS!