It was announced earlier this week that Sonic Solutions' CinePlayer CE DVD Navigator would be used in a new version of the Wii and would provide users with DVD playback functionality. Sonic Solutions has now told GamesIndustry.biz that it has signed a "worldwide agreement" with Nintendo to provide an SDK to the platform holder to incorporate DVD playback into the Wii.
Despite revealing the worldwide agreement, it appears Nintendo does not want to reveal its plans for DVD playback outside of Japan.
"We have previously confirmed that an enhanced version of Wii capable of playing DVD's would launch at some point in the future in Japan," said a spokesperson for Nintendo UK. "This release simply confirms Sonic as the partner in that venture and that the new version of Wii will come to market in the second half of 2007. It does not confirm where it will launch. We are simply not making any further region specific announcements at this time."