1 million Wiis Netflix'd, 3DS confirmed for E3

Reggie Fils-Aime says console owners are trying out video-streaming service in droves; Nintendo "showcasing" new handheld at next month's expo; 5.26 million Wiis sold in last four months.

Last month, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter predicted that Netflix would pick up 2 million new customers thanks to its game console video-streaming service. Of those, he estimated that the Wii, which began supporting the video-rental company last month, would add 800,000 subscribers by itself.

Many Wii owners are trying out Netflix's disc-based streaming service.

This week, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime offered a more concrete number of Wii owners who have tried out Netflix. "What we've seen so far is that nearly 1 million consumers have participated in the system, in the service," said Fils-Aime in an interview with CNBC host Maria Bartiromo (see video below).

The outspoken executive said that following a soft launch in March, Wii Netflix use "started to pick up steam" in April and that May will see "a lot" of marketing promoting the service on the console. He added that even though Wii owners must be mailed a disc to use Netflix, consumer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. "So far, so good," he summarized.

Fils-Aime dismissed host Maria Bartiromo's assertion that the iPad--which just sold 1 million units in one month--might cut into the DS's market share. "We have not seen any impact on our DS business [from the iPad]," said the executive, before predicting that the first four months of 2010 would be the best on record for the DS platform.

Fils-Aime also confirmed that in June, Nintendo will be "showcasing a new 3DS" at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The new handheld, which was rumored as far back as 2004, was unveiled in March to reportedly head off an exposé by the Japanese media. It will offer 3D graphics without requiring the player to wear special glasses, and may go on sale as early as October.

Never missing an opportunity to tout the Wii's success, Fils-Aime boasted that 5 million Wiis were sold in the last four months. "That's equal to the entire amount our competitors sold over the previous 12 months," he claimed. US game sales reports from the NPD Group show that some 5.26 million Wiis were sold domestically from December through March.

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llakallaka
llakallaka

can't wait for 3DS wanna see whats all about!

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

3DS! Woo! I absolutely love this time of year. Bring on E3!

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

cant wait to see how 3DS look like.. :D

marktex96
marktex96

i hate when people who have no idea about video games are put in charge of the interview

G_W_X
G_W_X

Look into who S3 Graphics are ;)Recent activities may point to Nintendo doing some interesting things with compresion tech in terms of visual output in relation to hardware power(well this is my own take from stuff they were looking into years ago(and also a recent announcement with S3)....about providing such compression with S3 tech(I think it was 6 times the compression anything currently possible) to provide stunning output visuals in a smaller space/power. Could be for a Wii2 possibly. Could also be for 3DS or even current Wii or both or ALL? Who knows. Gamecube games were doing things no other console last gen did(yeah over Xbox as well as the less powerful PS2). See Rogue Squadron 3 and Star Fox adventures and more. It is hard sometimes to see gamers down on Wii/Nintendo in general over graphics and power. When there is really more to it all. Yeah sure lots of shovelware and all those issues and that fact most devs just shovel PS2 and even PSP games over...what a shame. Things have changed and got better obviously with cool gems like Red Steel 2 was stellar fun!(of course we know all the great first party Nintendo games and other 3rd party gems over the years) I will be playing that again and again and again...I have already finished but it is so much fun. Anyway looking forward to E3 and 3DS and looking forward to the major MEGATonS(yes plural you are all thinking of 3DS but don't forget about that other box the Wii) E3 2010 could be Nintendo's biggest "bash" ever.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I would just like to see what the 3DS looked like and how it works other than that Im really not interested in a DS not that many good games The only hand held game I like is the original Tetris ^_^ still fun some how...

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

With 3DS on E3, the expo will be turning on!! I hope to see new entries in heavy Nintendo franchises, new Zelda, Star Fox, Pikmin and F-Zero!!

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

I wonder if this is actually new subscribers or just people that ordered the disc to activate Netflix on their Wii? I've been a Netflix subscriber since 07 and ordered a disc just to compare between the Wii and PS3 streaming. Either way it's good for people interested in Netflix or current customers that want to watch on their tv

San_09
San_09

Only a month left. God, time sure does fly, even if you dont have fun

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I understand the concern of the iPad digging into market share of the DS. But come on... your comparing a [minimum] $500 device to a $150 device. Your also comparing $5-10 software to $20-50 software. It's going to be hard to prove that there is a statistical difference in market share due to sales of the iPad. _

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I've been using Netflix on the Wii since I got my disc. It's great to have another wireless device that I already have connected to my TV to use to stream videos. I don't typically use the Wii for much else, but at least we're getting some use out of it. The kids are usually the ones who put it to use with Just Dance. They love that game :) _

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

yes the Wii is selling well but imo it still reminds me of the N64 and gamecube when it comes to having a lack of quality titles. lets hope this changes for nintendos next console. the point is this its great nintendos Wii is selling well but how does that benefit me when there are still a lack of quality games on the Wii?

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

Wiis a great console with a lot of potential but its just unfortunate that its also the console with the least amount of quality titles. i have all 3 consoles and im sure some of you nintendo fans are going to bash me however i think the Wii deserves more quality titles. games are the most important aspect of a console and yes its great nintendo is enjoying some great sales but what about the Wii gamers wanting more quality games. before some of you get hurt feelings i know there are some quality Wii titles but some of them were previously gamecube titles. my only point is this yes there are some quality titles for the Wii but theres needs to be more because there are far more shovel ware crap games for the Wii than actual games worth playing. ive bought every nintendo home console ever made so i know about quality games i use to own a NES and super NES. it all went down after the N64 was released however and it hasnt changed since. since the N64 nintendos competitors have had far more quality titles for there consoles. not just few but much more quality titles. the PS had way more quality games then the N64 and the gamecube like the Wii hardly had any quality titles when you comared it to the PS2 and 360. just keeping it real and yes i will still buy nintendo consoles. with how much time i spend actually playing games however ill also be buying there competitors consoles.

zar144
zar144

I wonder how the 3DS would look like...

Marky360
Marky360

I guess will finally get to see what Nintendo has up it's sleeve when it comes to the 3DS at E3 I hope it's good.(wonder if they'll show the WII vitality sensor)

Xhawk2004
Xhawk2004

WTG Reggie ... After last years complete fail at a conference, Nintendo really needs its big guns this year. I hope that by confirming these few items, there are even bigger things they aren't confirming, and will surprise us. Cmon Nintendo .. you have alot of life left in ya !!!!

gameking5000
gameking5000

Good I'll be expecting more details at E3 for the 3DS

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Nintendo needs something really special to get things moving again so hopefully their E3 will be impressive. And just use Reggie, Iwata and Miyamoto this year. That woman just puts me to sleeps.

mightEone
mightEone

Not a big fan of constant "3D" I went to best buy and tried the new so called 3D television. First you have to wear these bulky glasses that have a usb cord coming out of them that must be plugged into the tv. I watched Monsters Vs Aliens in 3D for ten seconds, I looked to the right and saw BluRay AVATAR and immediately ditched the glasses...

Yodelyfish
Yodelyfish

bangerman15, 'tendo already confirmed its a whole new handheld. new hardware and everything

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

if the 3DS is just the same as the regular ds right now, graphics and hardware wise but just is capable of 3d gaming ill definitely pass... im still waiting on the true successor to the ds with better graphics, wifi connection and the other extra goodies with it. not 3d lol

epsilonz999
epsilonz999

I hope netflix comes down under sometime soon!

GothaChu
GothaChu

@mushroomhead2 If you check out mini SD and the SDHC cards, they are tiny as hell, and can hold 8+ gigs of data nowadays. Its crazy how much data can be packed on to a tiny little card.

monson21502
monson21502

if the 3ds is 99 bucks i`ll buy one. if not, im waiting on the 3dsi liteXL sp micro

Mushroomhead2
Mushroomhead2

Ya know, it's hard to tell what kind of overall package the 3DS will come to be. Do you guys think they can put 3d tech on a cartridge? Do you think they can incorporate some kind of disk drive into a handheld and have that experience be satisfactory? As for me, idk but all I do know is that Nintendo knows what they are doing more than anybody thinks they do so i'm excited as a mofo to see how E3 is gonna play out this year.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

Considering the effect that 3D has on some people (such as headaches), I hope we're not looking at a repeat of the Virtual Boy here. I'm wondering just how much these "special glasses" are gonna cost, because you just know some people are gonna need replacements eventually. EDIT: "It will offer 3D graphics without requiring the player to wear special glasses..." Oops, misread that part before I wrote my post. atopp399's avatar pic probably didn't help. Kept looking at that below the comment box, and imagining it as a pic of future 3DS owners with the three guys wearing goggles.

MrMartinLee
MrMartinLee

One of those Netflix'd Wii's is mine. We actually dropped our cable to save money, and the Netflix is pretty great. Fraggle Rock, horror movies, Dexter, etc... we watch something on it every day!

atopp399
atopp399

The 3DS better not just be a DS with 3D. Sure everyone keeps saying it is the true successor but I am still very skeptical. I really hope it is at least on par with the graphics of the Gamecube. I am not so sure the 3DS will go over as well as the DS if it is basically the same system but with a 3D effect. Nintendo has recently become known for recycling it's hardware from one generation to the next...(Wii can almost be considered a Gamecube 2.5)

As far as the 3D without glasses goes I just hope the effect can be turned off if you want like current 3D televisions. Otherwise I have a feeling a lot of gamers are going to be getting headaches a lot more often than they do now. I am not so sure Nintendo was smart to go with a 3D gaming system. No one is even sure if it is going to catch on for home entertainment. People like it as a novelty at the movie theaters where you get immersed in the whole 3D experience but I don't think a lot of people are sold on it for home use on smaller screens. I know I would have preferred a high definition non-3D handheld to the standard definition handheld with 3D we are getting.

megamario9
megamario9

oh my god nintendo, STOP COMPETING WITH APPLE! THE DS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GAME SYSTEM, NOT A MUSIC PLAYER!!!

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Why waste money netfilxing to rent dvds? just my opinion not to offend anyone

gamer082009
gamer082009

I highly doubt that the iPad, which is kinda in a different market will have an effect on the DS's sales. In my mind that's a weird suggestion to suggest that a computer/laptop like device will cut into the share of a handheld VIDEO GAME device. It's like comparing steak to a cheese sandwich, it just shouldn't be done. Come on "Maria Bartiromo" come up with something else!

ayumi_miyazaki
ayumi_miyazaki

Nintendo is selling way too many Wii consoles right now. Its hard to keep count. 73 million,74 million..... 75 mil....... (How much did they sale already?)

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Phew, for a second I was afraid they'd set the release date, which would almost certainly be earlier then I'd hoped for (2012). Of course, it still might be.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I CANNOT wait to see the 3DS. It better be friggin' awesome.

Neosonic23
Neosonic23

Reggie knows how to talk, but let ur games do the talking reg.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Reggie always knows how to say the right things.

coltsfan4ever
coltsfan4ever

Cant wait to see what the 3DS is made of. I really hope the 3D is good and not a gimmick.

yugiohfan99
yugiohfan99

Nintendo's going to own E3 this year.

bosox22293
bosox22293

i have a 3ds already, its sick! im playing metroid: 3ds online with people from nigeria!

jpsaply
jpsaply

If you have just a Wii then then the Netflix is worth it. But if you have a Wii and one or both of the other systems along with a HDTV, then its a waste of time. Since the Wii doesnt show content in HD, stick with one of the other two consoles.

metalkid9
metalkid9

Wii is a weak system but strong in sales. But you have to take into consideration that 360 and PS3 is priced higher than that of the Wii's so the sales seem to be pretty equal across all consoles once you consider the price points.