In October 2011 we heard that Hulu Plus was coming to the 3DS, and then we heard that it was still in the works in January 2012; then we probably wrote it off as the months drifted by. It may have been two years in the making, but Nintendo has now announced that a new Hulu Plus app will be available to download from the 3DS eShop today. And so the saga ends.

As expected, the TV streaming service will work right away on the portable for any existing subscribers; simply log in and you should be good to go. There'll be a one week free trial for new subscribers, and Nintendo is plugging the various children's options in its official press release.

Users who have a wireless broadband Internet connection can visit the Nintendo eShop to download Hulu Plus. The application will allow users to navigate using the touch screen and view thousands of television shows and movies on the go. It also brings some of the best TV shows for children – including a larger selection of Jim Henson Family titles than any other video subscription service – to the platform through the Hulu Kids hub.

Hulu Plus is yet another entertainment option on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to multiple video services like Nintendo Video and social-sharing applications like StreetPass Mii Plaza and Swapnote, users can play the entire library of more than 2,000 Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games. Nintendo 3DS also features an extensive selection of downloadable software in the Nintendo eShop, including games, videos and applications.

Hulu Plus is only available in the US and Japan, and costs $7.99 a month in the former. Do you plan to make use of this app?