Tired of relying on Netflix and Nintendo’s own sparsely populated video app to keep you entertained on the 3DS when it isn’t running Pokemon nonstop? Well, you’re in luck, as Hulu Plus is now available for Nintendo’s portable consoles.
Since Nintendo isn’t always the fastest to alert the world to their latest offerings, >Joystiq did the leg work on this particular piece of news, discovering a post on Nintendo’s website announcing the launch of a Hulu Plus app. For those of you who are new to the modern age of entertainment, that means there are now more ways than ever to watch your favorite television shows and movies, now straight from your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS.
Hulu is a unique breed of content provider. In my personal opinion, its selection of movies pales in comparison to a service like Netflix streaming, but its standard television offerings are about par for the course. What sets this service apart from the pack is its access to current television programming. While the selection is somewhat limited, many of the most popular ongoing shows are included in the Hulu Plus lineup, available the day after they appear on the air.
I have a hard time watching shows by appointment, as I’m typically busy or still working when the standard primetime hours pop up. In the past, that’s simply meant that I had to miss out on new shows I was genuinely interested in, or wait a year or more for said shows to pop up on streaming services. With Hulu Plus, I’m able to watch Sleepy Hollow, Agents of Shield and (a guilty pleasure) Once Upon a Time whenever I find the time. That means I’m able to stay current with the water cooler chat without having to make sure I’m planted in front of the television every Tuesday at exactly 8 p.m.
However, as pointed out in the original Joystiq post, the app version of Hulu Plus comes with some maddening and absolutely baffling stipulations. Some shows are “Web Only,” meaning that they’re available on Hulu, but only if you’re watching from a computer. I can’t, for the life of me, understand these types of limitations, but if you’re thinking of jumping into the pool, you might want to head on over to the service’s official website and see if the shows you’re interested in are even available on the app. Most are, but you don’t want to plop down $7.99 a month only to discover that your desired shows aren’t actually available.
Otherwise, all you have to do is boot up your 3DS, head on over to the store, navigate to the apps menu and select Hulu Plus. You can sign in to an existing account or sign up for a new one directly from the app itself. From there, you can start watching all of the movies and television shows, including quite a few Hulu originals and the newly added BBC content, your little heart desires.