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Nintendo Wii U will not be capable of playing DVDs or Blu-rays

XBBx June 15, 2011 User blog:XBBx
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The Nintendo Wii could be considered a step forward towards motion gaming as Microsoft and Sony are now delivering somewhat similar experiences on their respective consoles. One category the Wii stepped away from was being able to play DVDs and it looks as though the Wii U will follow in the Wii's footsteps in that aspect.

The confirmation of lack of support for DVDs and Blu-rays comes from the Nintendo President himself, Satoru Iwata, during an investor Q&A. During the Q&A, Iwata-san informed the investors the “Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities.” When asked what the reasoning behind the lack of support, Iwata-san said, “We feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console."

Iwata-san does make a good point. The Nintendo Wii U doesn't need to support DVD and Blu-ray discs, especially since the Wii already has support for the online streaming video service, Netflix. I personally have not popped in a DVD or Blu-ray into any of my consoles for years now as the majority of my movie watching has been done on Netflix. As long as the Nintendo Wii U will continue to support the service as the Nintendo Wii does, I'm sure all will be forgiven for those of you who still prefer to watch DVDs and Blu-rays. Although there's absolutely no help for the guys who still watch movies on Laserdisc, VHS or Beta.

[Via: VG247]

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