While TechnoBuffalo readers were enjoying our live coverage of Apple’s iPad 2 reveal, Nintendo was busy at GDC rolling out information about the 3DS. We’ve already published the first screens for Mario on the 3DS, but there was even more news concerning the device.
Netflix on the 3DS
Nintendo’s always been known as a company that focuses purely on the task of gaming. As Sony and Microsoft worked to add DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray functionality to their consoles, Nintendo steadied itself by not even including DVD or CD compaitibility on the Wii.
They’ve since turned tail a bit and brought on Netflix functionality for their home console. Now, just as the Wii can play Netflix video, so can the 3DS. While movies on the service probably won’t make use of the device’s 3D capabilities, they will enjoy the larger screen real estate up top and touch controls, probably, along the bottom.
Play Game Gear and TurboGraphx-16 Games
Remember your Sega Game Gear? I do. I enjoyed its ability to drain six AA batteries so fast it made my head spin. That is, until some jerk classmate stole it from my bag on the coach bus during a school trip to Washington D.C… yeah, I cried.
Nintendo also announced today that both Sega Game Gear and TurboGraphx-16 games will be available on the device’s virtual console. No details were given regarding software specifics, costs or launch windows.
AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Finally, Nintendo announced that the 3DS will usher in a new storm of free AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots across the US. 3DS users will have access to more than 10,000 Wi-Fi locations by late May, so you’ll be able to nerd the heck out with your Pocket Monsters while throwing down a coffee at your local bistro.
As always, keep it locked to TechnoBuffalo.com. We’ll have more on the 3DS as it comes.