First there was Wii Motion Plus and now Hulu Plus. On February 16th, Nintendo inked a partnership with Hulu that will finally allow the Wii to stream movies and TV shows using Hulu Plus through the console. It took a while, but the good news is that the Wii now has the same popular lineup as that of the PS3 and the Xbox 360.
While it may be a little late in the game for the console platform, the 3DS will certainly get a boost with this move as consumers should expect Hulu Plus to hit the devices later this year.
Tony Elison, Nintendo America's senior director and GM of network business said,
The Wii console is the hub of the living room, and with the addition of Hulu Plus, millions of households now have even more options for streaming premium TV shows and movies.
While I may disagree that the Wii is the center of all family entertainment, this is a sign that Nintendo still has faith in the Wii console.
Wii is not only one of the most important entertainment devices in the living room, but one of the most heavily anticipated and requested platforms by users and subscribers. Teaming up with Nintendo gives millions of households across the U.S. an immediate way to access some of their favorite current season shows on-demand in their living room through Hulu Plus.
To get a hold of Hulu Plus, you can go to the Wii Shop Channel and download the free app and get your stream on. You will be able to use the Wii Remote to navigate and search through the entire Hulu Plus database.
For those who do not already have a Hulu Plus account, during the first month of the product launch, new users will be eligible for the customary two-week free trial of the service.
The important thing here is that the 3DS is going to be getting another streaming video service aside from Netflix, which gives consumers more options on the device. Nintendo has been pushing that the 3DS be taken wherever you may be, with mini-games like the Street Pass, so this is surely another step to boost that notion.
Nintendo users, are you excited to now be getting Hulu Plus? Who will be using it on the handheld device? Let us know in the comments!