It looks like Nintendo will be following the same pattern as the original Wii console with their new Wii U console, and it appears that the Wii U will not come with the ability to play DVD or Blu-ray discs.
The news comes from a press release from Nintendo, where the companies president, Iwata Saturo, explains why they wont be adding DVD or Blu-ray playback into the Wii U.
“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.”
Obviously Nintendo are looking to keep the price of the Wii U console as low as possible, without having to pay additional license fees for DVD or Blue-ray playback.
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