The Wii U Will Not Play DVDs or Blu-ray Discs

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The Wii U plays games that run on a proprietary 25 GB format. As Kotaku previously reported, that's the same size as Blu-ray discs. But don't think that means the Wii U will run Blu-ray discs. Heck, it won't even run DVDs.


Speaking with investors and analysts, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that the Wii U will not play DVDs nor will it play Blu-ray dics.

"Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities," said Iwata.

According to the Nintendo honcho, "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."

Nintendo's current console, the Wii, does not permit DVD movie playback.

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Presentation - 2011 E3 Expo Analyst Q & A Session [Nintendo]



"Nintendo's current console, the Wii, does not have DVD playback either."

Technically you are wrong here. The wii does have DVD playback capabilities, but Nintendo does not provide them to you, the customer.

Seriously though:They have been pulling this shit the last 2 console generations, only to be embarrassed by the resourceful homebrew community.

Iwata should revise his bullshit statement to read something akin to: "The Wii U will not have DVD or Blu Ray playback functionality, because, like apple, we like to lock out features that our customers would find to be particularly useful, just to spite you."

What makes them, you, or anyone think that DVD playback is not possible on the new console? You only assume that, because that's all they are going to tell you. Blu Ray will be a lost cause, because of the proprietary format, codecs and such, but I can bet that not too long after launch we will see homebrew apps on the Wii U capable of handling Hi Definition media sources comparable to Blu Ray quality.

Just another case of Nintendo short selling themselves, over and over and over....