Hulu / Nintendo
The one killer app for many console owners isn't a game but the ability to stream movies and televisions shows. Starting today, Hulu Plus is finally available on the Nintendo Wii.
Netflix has been a massive hit on the game systems, helping to change the way that many consume entertainment. It arrived on the Xbox 360 first, the PS3 second, and the Wii last, where it would go on to become the most popular of the three, according to a report published by Nielsen last year.
It wasn't long before a Hulu Plus application was developed as well. Versions for the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been around for a while, and some wondered if the Wii and its considerably large user base had been forgotten about.
If they were, the oversight has been corrected at last. A version of Hulu Plus for the Wii is now available as a free download via the Wii Shop Channel. Users will need a Hulu Plus subscription to access any content, which costs $7.99 a month.
But for the first month, those who download the app and lack an account will get a two-week free trial. Nintendo also announced that Hulu Plus is coming later this year for their 3DS handheld.
(Hulu is co-owned by News Corp., the Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal; msnbc.com is a joint venture of NBCUniversal and Microsoft.)
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Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot, and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of Attract Mode, and co-hosts The Fangamer Podcast. You can keep tabs on him via Twitter, or his personal home-base, FORT90.com.