Wednesday, June 15, 2011

No DVD or Blu-Ray Playback on Wii U!

Now with 100% less DVD and Blu-ray playback!

As you may recall from E3, there was much talk about the Wii U specs and what we could exactly do on Nintendo's newest console.  One of the ideas popping around was the fact that the new Wii U discs could hold approximately 25 GB of data on them, and the Wii U could recognize and run that.

This only leads us to think: what other discs have 25 GB of data? Blu-Ray.  Of course we were holding out an ounce of hope for the Wii U to at least play DVDs, apart from Nintendo's current console, which cannot run DVDs without a homebrew mod of some kind.

So in response to this, what does Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata say to investors at a recent conference?  One simple line:

"Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-Ray playback capabilities. We feel enough people already own devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn't warrant the cost involved to build that functionality in Wii U."

There you go, folks!  No movies here! But at least there's Netflix and it can stream High Definition!

Do you think that the functionality would have helped or hindered Nintendo?

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