Nintendo Claims Almost A Million Wii Netflix Users

Posted: May 4 2010, 9:57am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:56pm CDT, in News | Gaming


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It was the last console to the Netflix craze and its users have a significantly lower online connectivity rate than the PS3 or Xbox 360, but Nintendo's top man in the US is claiming that it's been a success.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that nearly one million Wii owners have "participated" in the console's Netflix connectivity, reports Gamasutra.

However, the vague term "participation" is mysterious, and Fils-Aime did not expand on what he meant by that.

When it comes to user experience with Netflix connectivity, the Wii is probably the least comfortable, mainly because it is a closed platform and not designed to handle third-party apps like this.

The PS3's process is also cumbersome. Like the Wii, it requires a special Netflix disc to launch a program that enables users to stream any of Netflix's "instant" movies or TV shows. The Xbox 360 was able to build the software into a firmware update.

Regardless, the Wii has a massive installed base. That is, it has historically sold more than the Xbox 360 and PS3 combined, in the US. So if Netflix is attracting just a small fraction of that group, it should be very happy.

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