Nintendo unveils partnerships with Netflix, studios

Hollywood is coming to Nintendo. 3ds

The game giant announced Wednesday that U.S. owners of its upcoming 3DS console will be able to stream movies to the device via Netflix starting this summer. And users will also be able to watch 3D trailers for upcoming Hollywood features.

“We’re offering studios a distribution vehicle to a large and motivated user base to promote their upcoming released in 3D without the need for glasses,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, at the company’s keynote address at the 2011 Game Developers Conference.

The trailer for Warner’s upcoming “Green Lantern” will be one of the first 3D trailers to be offered.

Nintendo also said it plans to launch and oversee a short-form video service, which will host material that ranges from game trailers and music videos to comedy shorts. That service will be available in May.

And to boost the system’s online capabilities (for both gaming and video), Nintendo announced a partnership with AT&T that will allow the 3DS to connect automatically to more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in coffee shops, airports and more.

Global president Satoru Iwata also took some big swipes at the trend towards 99 cent apps and how those could affect the long-term health of the industry. We’ll look at those in-depth in a story in tomorrow’s Daily Variety.