Nintendo Wii Finally Catches Up with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360…in that It Will Stream Netflix Movies

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The New York Times reports that the Nintendo Wii, the gaming console that amuses small children and your parents for about half an hour, is finally catching up to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, at least as far as streaming Netflix is concerned.  The service is due to arrive this spring and will be available to all Wii owners with a broadband connection and at least a $9/month subscription to Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service.  The Wii will have to first use a free software disc whenever they want to watch Netflix “Watch Instantly” movies on their home paperweight/failed experiment.  PlayStation 3 owners have to do the same thing, but that system has a Blu-ray player and games people actually want to play.

Of course, while the Wii is finally catching up with the 360 and PS3 with Netflix, the other consoles are trying to bring motion-controlled gaming into the living room like the Wii does(n’t).  It’s a bold movie from Microsoft and Sony to emulate an unpopular gaming innovation for their own consoles, which game developers don’t like and gamers don’t want to use.  But no matter your feelings on any of these consoles, I think we can all agree on one thing: Netflix wins.




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  • Darkness

    If I wanted opinions on consoles, I'd go to a gaming site. Fail.

  • Muntz

    If I wanted opinions on consoles, I'd go to a gaming site. Fail. (2)
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  • RedDragon

    Play Metroid Prime 3 or Trilogy, and you'll see the Wii does indeed bring the motion controls.

  • Radical

    u fuckin retard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love my xbox 360 and i got a playstation for the kids and to watch blue ray its great
    I myself play pc games WoW Left4Dead, and so on….

    but one thing i can say is I have 12 and 13 year old boys and the Wii has been played over the last 2 years 5 to 1 over the other 2 consoles and the other 2 are hooked up in another room were one kid could play it if they wanted to but they love the wii and as an earlier comment said Metroid is a great game for any age

    anyone who is an official writer on a major site like Collider with worthless opinions like the ones above should be fired and drug into the streets and kicked till they vomit shit. If u dont like the Wii then u can say that. But don't write horse shit like u did saying no one else does. If that were true then the Wii would not have sold so well.

    I dont often write comments after reading something unless its something really bad and I hope Collider looks into the shit and puts a stop to u. Asshole!

  • Corin Prendiville

    Sorry to previous posters, I agree with the bias in this blog post. Wii is an idiotic system designed for grandmas and little children who have no skills toward gaming.

    Unfortunately Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 are designed for gamers who want shiny graphics, B-movie productions, and slightly better (and more original) game-play than the Wii. So to be perfectly honest, most of the gaming industry is producing crap now a days.

    The PC beats systems from head to toe, it always has, and it always will. The only down-side to a PC is the screens aren't necessarily as big and its still not standard (and a bit dorky) to have a controller hooked up to one.

    Good to see Wii is finally accepting defeat that people want to play movies and music on their consoles and not just idiotic rehashed games about a fat italian plumber who has a mushroom trip while working on someones toilet.

  • Lt. Ripley

    This Matt Goldberg guy is an idiot. I'm 25 years old and my Wii sees daily use and all of my (hardcore) gamer friends use theirs daily too. 2009 was a good year for Wii games and 2010 looks to be even better with Metroid Other M, Super Mario Galaxy 2, No More Heroes 2 and many many others. Just because more games are made for the 360/PS3 doesn't mean more good games are made for the 360/PS3. You should really stop being so childish.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Did anyone notice every game this guy named off was a sequel/rehash of another game. Metroid (about 80), Mario (about 80), No More Heroes (never heard of it, but apparently its #2), and the others would probably be Mario Party 18, Zelda and The Pink Fluffy Rhinoceros #3, etc, etc, etc.

    Though I MUST admit, giving a damn about whats going on in the gaming world is a bit childish because while games can admittedly be entertaining they from what I can tell have not managed to ascend to a lasting art-form as of yet.

    Games all around have been sucking this generation, my only hope is that next generation (about the time I will be having kids), the gaming industry moves back toward creating good game-play value instead of marketing stunts, storytelling, and trying to be the best with graphics.

  • Darkness

    My point was that this is a movie blog. I usually like it as it refrains from commenting on anything else. It avoids talking gossip or commenting on other media. I don't give a crap about their opinions of celebs, computers or what colour underwear I chose to wear today, so to see such a poorly biased report just to fill out some space is a load of arse and disappointing. I doubt the writer cares about my opinion that PS3 owners are idiots for buying an overpriced excuse to sell HD TVs and to rescue a failed Bluray format, which isn't even backwards compatible with previous Gen games.

  • EREF

    Subjective writing is one thing, but this is the kind of biased, closed-minded and uninformed rambling that keeps blogs like this from being taken seriously. Either report the news (Netflix available on Wii), or give a valid and on-topic critique (Wii can't output HD, requires a disc instead of a downloadable upgrade) but please refrain from snide comments and factual inaccuracies on topics you don't seem to understand. Sorry for the long comment but I wanted to provide “constructive criticisim”, try it!

  • lightness

    Shut up, the Wii may have it's problems, but that doesn't mean it's a failed experiment. Thanks for the info on Netflix streaming, but keep your opinions about the Wii to yourself.

  • http://www.r4-carta.it/ acekard 2

    Yeah, I got the Wii last summer, and it was fun for a while, but it's really not all that great unless you have someone to play it with, plus the games are more for kids. So fortunately, like you said, I sold it for full price around Christmas, and now I just stick with Xbox 360. Good timing too, I was just in Best Buy last week and they had a stack of at least 50 Wii's sitting there.

  • http://www.r4-carta.it/ acekard 2

    Yeah, I got the Wii last summer, and it was fun for a while, but it's really not all that great unless you have someone to play it with, plus the games are more for kids. So fortunately, like you said, I sold it for full price around Christmas, and now I just stick with Xbox 360. Good timing too, I was just in Best Buy last week and they had a stack of at least 50 Wii's sitting there.

  • Nintendowii_sucks

    Nintendo wii is simply a piece of shitt ever made. It can not support most basic video formatts, one has to change video clips to wii-avi or wii-quicktime, once u changet it to wii format and play on wii, then u will realise how waste and bullshit machine is nintendo-wii. The picture quality is absolutely blurr,crapp and shitt, even 1960 movie picture is 100 times better than nintendo video quality! Nintendo is infact waste of money! At every single step you have to pay for nintendo! If you wanna download new game then you have to pay or buy them in shops or net. All those channels on wii manue can only be accessed if you get a high speed internet at home, probably one has to buy a router..even though you get access to internet still you have to pay for games etc. when you want to download a game then have to give your personal and bank detail for Mr.ideot Nintendo creator. I recomend all people not to buy Nintendo because it is boring and frustrating piece of shitt.I am quite sure that everyone who bought Nintendo is now regretting and trying to sell them away at once.

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