Nintendo's 3DS is no longer just for gaming, as the company recently announced that owners of the hand-held console can now stream movies and television shows instantly through Netflix.

The video game giant first teased 3DS owners with online video streaming during the E3 conference last month. Starting today, the rumors have become reality with the new downloadable Netflix app from Nintendo's eShop.

The app is free to download, but requires a broadband internet connection and a Netflix streaming membership, which starts at $7.99, Nintendo stated in a press release. As of yet, users can only stream 2D content, but Nintendo said glasses-free 3D videos will be added to the Netflix library in the near future.

How 3DS owners will respond to streaming video on a 3.5-inch screen remains to be seen, but the addition of Netflix has proven to be a good move for Nintendo in the past. According to Nintendo, 1.5 million Netflix subscribers currently stream video content through their Wii consoles.

In related news, earlier this week, Netflix introduced new pricing plans for its DVD and video streaming options. While the new subscription plans aren't likely to affect 3DS owners, the raised prices have caused a bit of a stir among DVD-only subscribers.