In Europe, Australia and New Zealand, a new video-on-demand service called the Nintendo Anime Channel will be available for the Nintendo 3DS. It will be available as a free downloadable app from the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
In Europe, it will launch on Feb. 13, 2015 to particularly promote it on the New Nintendo 3DS, which is out on the same day. Available anime include the Pokémon anime, Kirby, and Inazuma Eleven.
In Australia and New Zealand, it will launch on Feb. 14, 2015. Available anime include the Pokémon anime and Kirby. No details have been released about this service in other regions.
Nintendo state it’s “A new video-on-demand service kicks off on 13th February, offering fans the chance to stream anime series from the likes of Pokémon, Kirby, and Inazuma Eleven, with new content being added regularly. Access to the service is granted simply by downloading a free application from Nintendo eShop.”
Originally Nintendo was keen to push the device as a video multimedia device, with the Nintendo Video channel providing a few short videos every week. That approach had dissolved until Nintendo released the Pikmin Short Movies late last year, and now Nintendo of Europe is following that up and bringing a rather attractive service to its region.