Netflix instant streaming is becoming available on nearly every home video device, and the Nintendo Wii is the last of the three major game consoles to get the functionality. Like the PS3, the Wii requires a disc to be to use Netflix streaming; Netflix sent out the first batch of discs on Friday, and we had a chance over the weekend to try out the new service.
The Netflix on Wii interface is somewhat different than we've seen on other devices. It shares the same horizontal layout, with cover shots of your movies, but there's also additional information on the screen, such as runtime, MPAA rating and star rating--which is Netflix's best guess as to how much you'll like the movie. You'll also notice there's a slider, which you can "grab" with the Wii pointer to browse your instant queue.
Along the top, you'll see a header that says "Instant Queue," which is the default sort mode. By pressing up/down on the directional pad, you can switch to other views, including "Recently Watched" titles.
Additional sort modes like "Movies You'll Love" are especially nice if you haven't added many titles to your instant queue, as it expands your options without requiring your to break out a laptop and add more movies.
Pressing the "B" trigger button brings up a separate menu with all the sorting options. It's not quite as flexible as the Xbox 360's interface--which actually lets you search and add titles--but it's a significant step up from the Roku HD player's interface, which is beginning to feel outdated.