Netflix Streaming Headed to Wii This Spring

Everyone knew that, eventually, it would be the Wii’s turn to receive the Netflix streaming treatment as just about every other entertainment device – with the exception of handhelds – has implemented the feature. The New York Times has reported that the companies will announce the deal later to day which will allow the Nintendo Wii to stream content from Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” selections.

The beefy president of Nintendo, Reggie Fils-Aime, called the addition of Netflix “a continuation of an effort to bring more and more entertainment to consumers who interact with the Wii.” Like the PlayStation 3, the Nintendo Wii will require an “instant streaming disc” in order to access the feature. Whether or not it will be implemented through a firmware upgrade in the near future to dispose of the disc hasn’t been mentioned as of yet.

Of course, the problem with the Wii is that, unlike it’s competitors (the PS3 and Xbox 360), the Wii is unable to stream high-definition video because of its inferior hardware. However, there are some analysts out there who are predicting that Nintendo will announce the Wii HD sometime in the near future.

Did I see this coming? Absolutely. Not only is the idea of streaming movies from you gaming system appealing to consumers, but it also help Netflix rake in potential customers. My only problem is that I’m already used to streaming HD content via both my PS3 and Xbox 360. There’s no way in hell that I’m going to be sacrificing crisp, clean visuals for the sake of swinging my Wiimote. If and when Nintendo decided to release a Wii HD, then maybe we can talk. It’s exciting news for Wii owners. But how do you feel about this? Do you guys think it’s worth it at this point? Let us know your thoughts.

[The New York Times]

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Yaris Gutierrez

Born and raised in New York City, Yaris is one of three co-founders at DualShockers. Gaming since the inception of Nintendo in the 80's, he has grown to avidly appreciate games of every genre, maturing his preference specifically now to third-person action games, first-person shooters and JRPGs. He's a software engineer, father and husband during the day, and mildly attempts to hold onto his "hardcore gamer" title during the evenings. An attempt that he tends to fail miserably at.

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