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.