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Nintendo Announces Hulu Plus for 3DS, System Update Details

Hulu Plus is due by year end, while the system update will hit in November.

Joining Netflix, Hulu Plus will soon be available to Nintendo 3DS and Wii owners, Nintendo announced today. The company has detailed some of their strategy for their portable system through the end of the year and into the next. Launching before the end of the year, Hulu Plus will deliver content from premuim content partners like ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, and MTV. Like Netflix, Hulu Plus carries its own subscription fee of $7.99, with limited advertisements. Nintendo also delivered a bevvy of information regarding the upcoming system update and some of the upcoming titles due to hit the eShop.

Due at the end of November, the Nintendo 3DS System Update will deliver a 3D video capture app that will enable users to capture up to 10 minutes of 3D video. Players can then use this video to create their own stop-motion films. The update will also augment the StreetPass Mii Plaza with new puzzles and provide adventurers a new dungeon in Find Mii. According to Nintendo, the update will include further features, but they will be announced at a later date.

November will also host a new title from Nintendo on the eShop. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! will let players create and customize creatures, as well as explore the in-game world for $6.99.

Coming in December, 3DS owners will be able to download the free app, Swapnote. This will allow users to send 3D messages to friends via SpotPass and StreetPass. Messages can be handwritten in 3D, but can also carry both picture and sound. Pushmo, created with 3D gameplay specifically in mind, will also release in December. Here players must push and pull blocks to solve more than 250 puzzles, or create their own.

The title formerly known as The Rolling Western will see release in Q1 2012 as Dillon's Rolling Western. The 3D tower defense game will mix action and strategy as players roll around as an armadillo to defend an Old West town. For more information, be sure to check out our preview from E3.

Press Release

Hulu Plus Coming to Nintendo Systems as Nintendo 3DS Preps for 3D Video Recording

Nintendo Announces New 3D Music Videos, 3D Animation and Downloadable Games

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo 3DS™ and Wii™ owners will soon have the ability to access even more of their favorite TV shows and movies: the Hulu Plus service will be added to both systems by the end of the year. Nintendo is also announcing new features being added to the Nintendo 3DS system, including the ability to record 3D videos, new musical artists coming to Nintendo Video™ and a new animated 3D video from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. Additionally, Nintendo 3DS owners will soon see four inventive downloadable Nintendo-published games and applications delivered to the Nintendo eShop, the portable one-stop shop for fun, cool and interesting entertainment options.

“Nintendo 3DS continues to evolve with great new features and functions designed to reinforce its position as a premiere entertainment device,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “All of these features, in addition to great upcoming games like Pokémon Rumble Blast on Oct. 24, Super Mario 3D Land on Nov. 13 and Mario Kart 7 on Dec. 4, make Nintendo 3DS a smart gift option this holiday season.”

Hulu Plus: With Hulu Plus, Wii and Nintendo 3DS users will be able to instantly stream thousands of TV episodes – including the entire current season of popular shows like Modern Family, Glee, Dancing with the Stars, The Biggest Loser, House and Grey’s Anatomy – from premium content partners like ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, MTV and many more. Hulu Plus also offers access to classic TV favorites like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, The Hills and hundreds of popular and award-winning movies. Hulu Plus is available through a separate subscription fee of $7.99 per month with limited advertising.

Nintendo 3DS System Update: At the end of November, a new system update will deliver a range of cool new features and enhancements, including 3D video capture, which will let users record up to 10 minutes of 3D video and enable people to create their own 3D stop-motion animation videos. The update will also add new puzzles to the StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™ and a new dungeon to Find Mii. Other features will be announced in the future.

Games Coming to the Nintendo eShop:

  • Freakyforms™: Your Creations, Alive! lets players create creatures and bring them to life. This game is all about creation, customization and exploration. Available in November for $6.99.
  • Developed with 3D game play in mind, Pushmo™ asks players to solve more than 250 puzzles by pulling and pushing blocks. Players can also create their own custom puzzles. Launches in December.
  • Swapnote™ gives Nintendo 3DS owners the chance to send 3D messages to their friends via the SpotPass™ and StreetPass features. Users can hand-write messages in 3D and also include picture and sound. Available for free download in December.

  • Dillon’s Rolling Western™ is a 3D tower defense game that blends action and strategy. It features an armadillo who defends an Old West town rendered in 3D by literally rolling over his enemies. Launches in Q1 2012.
  • 3D Animation: Starting today, Nintendo 3DS owners can visit the Nintendo eShop and, for $1.99, download a new 3D “Thriller” video that features singing and dancing by their favorite Shrek characters from DreamWorks Animation.

3D Music Videos: Fans of the Nintendo Video service on Nintendo 3DS will soon see the arrival of new 3D music videos, including “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” from Foster the People’s Torches album.

To watch a new episode of Iwata Asks in which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata discusses Mario Kart 7, visit To watch a Nintendo Direct video of Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime discussing today’s announcements, visit

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Our Take

Nick DiMola Director

10/21/2011 at 11:00 AM

Glad to see The Rolling Western is still alive and kicking. I was really enjoying the video shown off at E3 and the details of the game seemed really cool. Not sure why, but I really enjoy the cliche "Old West" setting and sounds. I don't like the new title for the game, but I'm there day one regardless.

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Press Release

Hulu Plus Coming to Nintendo Systems as Nintendo 3DS Preps for 3D Video Recording

Nintendo Announces New 3D Music Videos, 3D Animation and Downloadable Games

REDMOND, Wash...