This further reinforces my confusion with Nintendo’s strategy for the Wii U. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the Wii U will not support or play either Blu-Ray or DVD’s. The system will use a new (yes another one) high density optical disc that will have 25GB worth of storage. And what was Nintendo’s logic for not including the features, you probably already have devices that do that and thus it didn’t warrant the cost. What the hell is Nintendo thinking, the whole goal of these consoles is for them to be the center of your entertainment experience, the benefit of the PS3 and the Xbox 360 (with external drive) is that you can have ONE system that pretty much does it all for you. With this move Nintendo is assuring that the Wii U will never be a “primary console”, why would you buy a Wii U and then want to deal with another device to play movies?
The news came courtesy of an investor Q&A that was translated into English:
“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.”
I was already skeptical about this thing, now I think that it will be even more dead on arrival, and if you are wondering the Wii U launches sometime in 2012.