Hulu Plus now live on Wii

Streaming video service now available for Nintendo's home console; 3DS version coming later this year.

In October, Nintendo confirmed Hulu Plus would be available at some point in the future for the Wii and 3DS. That future date has now arrived for the Wii, but 3DS gamers will have to wait a bit longer.

Hulu Plus is finally available for the Wii, but not the 3DS.

Wii gamers can download the Hulu Plus app today on the system through the Wii Shop Channel, and those without a Hulu Plus account will score a free two-week trial. As for the Hulu Plus 3DS app, Nintendo said only that it was planned for "later this year."

Already available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Hulu Plus is a subscription-based service that lets users stream TV episodes from networks like Fox, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, MTV, and more. It also features a selection of films. The service costs $7.99 a month and includes "limited" advertising in programs.

[CORRECTION] GameSpot originally reported that Nintendo had announced that Hulu Plus would be available by the end of 2011. This information was based on subsequently revised announcement made by Nintendo. GameSpot regrets the error.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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suprsolider
suprsolider

@TimboII If you have a PC, download a program called hotspot shield. It will let you watch American Netflix on your PC. I have been doing this for a while. Plus my laptop has HDMI out and I can just connect the TV and blamo.

Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

It's nice to know that the Wii has jumped on the Hulu Plus bandwagon however, as opposed to the PS3 and Xbox 360, the Wii does not display at high def resolutions which would turn the most demanding consumers for HD entertainment off. Great if you're the owner of a tube TV or you're not picky about image quality but it would be dissapointing to those that demand it. News about Hulu+ on the 3DS was a pleasant surprise to me. I hope that goes through. Will other versions of the DS get this service too? Also, it baffles me that ads are still present with Hulu+ while displayed on television. Maybe people should resort to Crackle. Yes, it has ads too but at least you don't pay a fee to have it displayed on your telly.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

How about 3D movies/shows after Hulu is released for the 3DS? :)

Serious
Serious

Watching movies on the 3DS is a little hard but not impossible. When I was a kid I had to share a TV. So if I were a kid with 3DS and the folks were paying for Hulu+ I would definitely use the 3DS.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@PixelAddict : 3ds screen is fine for me..it is pretty large..I'm not talking about watching Avatar on it or anything but most shows/movies look fine on it.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@moviequest14 I am one of those who only watches sports clips on my droid phone. Can't stand watching any actual show or movie on a screen that small. Mobile viewing is what my iPad is for.

TimboII
TimboII

Awesome! Wait...I live in Canada and we can't get Hulu...ah well. Our stripped down Netflix will have to do.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@PixelAddict : I've spent hours and hours watching netflix on my 3ds..why not? I watch it more on my 3ds than my wii.Whether it be late at night before I go to sleep,in a hotel when I can't bring my wii with me,when I go over to a friends house,there are a TON of possible uses for it...it is even more practical for 3ds/Vita than for wii/360/ps3.

Valacan
Valacan

Ads? I'd rather have Netflix.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Ok, Hulu+ on the Wii sort of makes sense. But on the 3DS? Really? What's next, Hulu+ on my wrist watch?

WllDan7
WllDan7

What does this have to do with gaming? What about the new apps on 360? Where the articles on that?

Marky360
Marky360

Well at least the WII Finally got but it looks like it will be a while before the 3DS gets it. this makes me wonder will a Hulu+ app be coming to the Playstation Vita although I'd rather just be able to access the Hulu site on the Vita's web browser