Iwata confirms that the Wii U doesn’t play DVD’s or Blu-ray discs
Iwata found the time to meet up with his investors even through the E3 craze, and Nintendo have posted a transcript of the meeting online. In it, Iwata confirmed that the Wii U will feature neither DVD nor Blu-ray playback because you probably already have something that plays them.
Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities.
The reason for that is that 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 because of the patents related to those technologies.
So there you go. The Wii U will almost certainly still be able to play movies via Netflix, seeing its penetration into almost every platform under the sun, so I doubt it’ll remain entirely movie-less. But let’s face it: you’re not gonna be buying a pricey high-end gaming console with one of the most complex controllers the industry has ever seen just to watch movies, right?
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