So you want to watch a disc-based movie on your Wii U when it is released sometime next year? Well apparently Nintendo’s new console won’t support DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities. Unlike Sony and Microsoft’s current generation game consoles, Nintendo apparently has no interest in creating a multi-purpose entertainment machine that does anything beyond gaming.
This news was revealed during an investor Q&A:
"We feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray," explained Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, "in 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."
Iwata also addressed weak sales of its 3DS hand-held. Iwata admitted that sales of the system have not met Nintendo’s expectations, adding that he expected more early adopters to buy the system.
Iwata assured investors that this should change as new services and software become available.
"I think that we’ll be able to show you that as Nintendo eShop and 3D video services come online, and a number of key software titles become available, we’ll be able to regain momentum for this hardware."