No DVD or Blu-ray Support for Wii U

Contrary to previous Project Café rumours, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that there will be no DVD or Blu-ray support for the upcoming Wii U console. Iwata has mentioned a number of reasons why he did not include playback for the new home console, when he issues the following statement;

“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.”

Are you disappointed that there won’t be DVD or Blu-ray support for Wii U? It certainly won’t affect my decision when it comes to buying one – as adding these features would potentially increase the price of the console altogether as Nintendo would have to pay a licensing fee. Let us know your opinion on the topic in the comments section down below.

10 Responses to “No DVD or Blu-ray Support for Wii U”
  1. Jassen Payen says:

    I’m glad they’ve done this, purely from a cost perspective. As Mr Iwata has said, most people already have devices that do BluRay and DVD, and if not having these detracts from the cost of the console itself, then that is a WIN.


    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, BluRay would increase the price needlessly and hand cash to rivals Sony too. No DVD is harder to explain, but just irrelevant to me too.


      • You might find it plays DVDs anyway. The Wii doesn’t officially play DVDs, but it is actually capable, so many owners have enabled their Wii to play DVDs. If any Wii U owners really want to watch DVDs, it might not be too difficult to make it happen… assuming it is technically capable of DVD playback, like the WIi is.


  2. Wes says:

    Great, if it effects the price. I have a Blu-Ray player for movies and games consoles for games. I don’t need a device to do multiple things. I’ve never once put a DVD in my Xbox and don’t think I ever will.


  3. I’m not too disappointed because I would never expect Nintendo to add disc-based movie playback on their home consoles. But I have to say I prefer having a system that can do it all. I’ve been happy to have several devices for all my needs when I predominantly played the N64, or the PS2, or the Gamecube etc. But since getting a PS3, I must admit it’s great having one machine that does everything, from music to Blu-ray to games.

    It’s not the end of the world without it. No other Nintendo console has done it and they’ve all been successful, and we’ll still get films on the Wii U digitally. Netflix is going to be offering its film service to 3DS and Wii, so it’s likely we’ll see the same thing on Wii U (if it hasn’t already been announced). I don’t personally think this is a deal-breaker for the console. But if we lived in a perfect world where everything went my way? Yeah I would rather it could play films as well. If it didn’t make it much more expensive, surely with is better than without. Blu-ray (if they dared use Sony’s tech) would be a bit more expensive, but ordinary DVD drives are cheap as chips these days.

    I suppose they might be thinking that allowing people to buy films cheaper on DVD and watch them on the console might stop people using the digital services as much (and take away some profit). That’s fair enough, but there will be people out there that choose another console because of that. I’m not saying that’s a common train of thought, and that many gamers think that way. But it’s a fact that Sony won over a lot of customers who chose the PS3 over the 360 because of Blu-ray playback.

    As I said, not a deal-breaker though. The only deal-breaker I can imagine for the Wii U is if the online functionality doesn’t hold up.


  4. nintymadden says:

    I already have a dvd player and a PS3 that plays Blu-Ray, so doesn’t bother me! 🙂


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