3DS Netflix arrives and works great. Except for one thing…


Netflix hit the eShop today! After a quick download (free) and a couple of hours testing, I’m happy to report that the 3DS version of Netflix is fast, uses the dual screens well, and delivers–mostly–a very enjoyable, satisfying experience.

Films and programs load briskly, and I experienced no buffering pauses during my viewing. The interface, very similar to the Wii version, allows easy navigation via the stylus or d-pad.

The picture quality is excellent for sitcoms and cel animation while acceptable for live action films; the 3DS screen resolution definitely shows its limits with busy crowd scenes, and small details quickly get lost on distant subjects. This is definitely more suited to The Office, Futurama, Phineas and Ferb, and Red Dwarf than Fellowship of the Ring. Even so, the fact that I can actually switch back and forth between Ocarina of Time and Fellowship on the same device is reason to smile.

My only real complaint: The sound is mono. It’s not a deal-breaker, but I’m hoping the situation can be addressed with an update.

In the meantime, this is a fun addition to the 3DS built-in lineup that works far better than I expected. The picture and sound aren’t quite as good as iPhone Netflix, but the 3DS version loads quicker and has a better interface.

So, 3DS owners with a Netflix account, grab yourself some viewing fun for your game player! One quick hint for setup, since the application isn’t very clear about this point: Turn on your computer and 3DS together. Log into your Netflix account on your PC. Go to “My Account,” click on “Activate New Device” and that’s when you enter the code on the 3DS screen.

Once you give it a test run, post your impressions here! How would you rate 3DS Netflix?


  1. Mono sound? Really? That’s terrible. I guess Nintendo didn’t want to pay extra for what is now standard audio. Another reason to hold off getting a 3DS I guess.

  2. @XCWarrior. What? Really? How would this make or break a purchase? It’s Netflix. Netflix is awesome. The 3DS is great. Mono sound is okay. Awesome+Great-Okay= An app that will enhance your 3DS experience but no one is forcing you to actually use. Besides, Netflix is best on consoles or Rokus/AppleTVs anyway.

  3. Another thing is Stereo would take twice as long to load and the 3DS doesn’t have the best internet. Actually I don’t think adding Stereo would have much or anything. Heck, Netflix might have made the App themselves for all we know. So don’t go blaming Nintendo for everything. geez……. Did I just type geez?

  4. Anyone else having a problem with the Netflix App? After install it wouldn’t go back to homescreen when the home button was pressed… it locked up, and had to be manually shut down (holding the power button down). Just this morning I loaded it up again, and it loaded up, then… it locked up. Had to manually shut it down again… What’s up with that? I’ve heard a few more people have this issue as well… Wonder whats up? (btw it’s not my internet, it’s like 18Mb down/6Mb up)

  5. No 3D movie support?

  6. have 2 3DSs, one by each ear. Tah-dah, you have stereo

  7. Chalk it up to another Infendo kvetch – Geez, this site went from great to lame in a matter of weeks. Reminds me of my ex-girlfriend — kvetch, kvetch, kvetch…..

  8. @XCWarrior For your sake, that’d better be sarcasm…if not, that’s a pathetic trolling excuse not to buy a 3DS.

    @InfendoSucks: They’re not nagging. At all. He’s just stating the one disappointment that he had with the 3DS, which in my opinion, it isn’t a big deal.

    @Sal: It is going to have 3D movies, just not yet. They’re working on it. 😉

    @Hitokiri_Ace: I think if you just keep doing that, it should stop eventually. That’s what I’ve heard, anyhow.

  9. Dear Infendo, thank you for your informative analysis of Netflix on the 3DS. I’ve been a fan of Infendo radio since October of 2010. Thank you for keeping your dialog clean and informative on Infendo radio. The only nitpick I have regarding your radio show is “the show isn’t long enough.”

  10. Wow, Infendosucks, you sure are bitter about that ex-girlfriend. I guess the experience clouded your mind to the point where you actually can’t grasp the real point of the articles you read. 🙂

  11. i personally think the speakers on the 3DS are poor.

  12. So according to you this site went from “great to lame” and yet here you still are, reading its articles and even commenting on them. So apparently you remain attached to things you’ve grown to dislike…reminds me of MY ex-girlfriend. :p

  13. @ac: Agreed. I’m not sure if that could be fixed with a system update, or if there’s new hardware needed. 😡

  14. The one problem I’ve run into is that the wifi does not work for Netflix if you are at an open hotspot that requires a browser login. Surfing the Net works fine, but as soon as I try to go to Netflix or the Shop, it won’t connect any more. It must have something to do with the way the browser is separated from the other apps. I hope an update can fix this, because it sure would be nice to be able to watch movies when out.

  15. Guess I never noticed, I place it on my gut while I lay in bed and get ready to go to sleep. I call it BELLYVISION

  16. i did notice the sound was a little low fidelity but it seems ok to me. I was surprised by the PQ to be honest. I watched Godzilla’s Revenge first and… I noticed even less artifacting than on Wii!!

  17. Actually, I found Netflix on the iPhone to be completely unstable and frustrating to use (admittedly, I’m on an old 3G, so it may be better on newer devices, but still). I’ve moved to the 3DS for all of my daily netflix watching, and though it seemed a little low at first glance, once shows started, I never even noticed the quality. This is definitely a great new addition! Plus the UI is much nicer than most other netflix UI’s I have experienced. I’m impressed!

  18. aww yeah i now watch netflix when i wake up in the middle of the night. im usually watchin’ the cl’annad anime. p.s., bellyvision!? thats stupidly hilarious!

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