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Submitted by N4GAddict 1540d ago | news

Iwata on Wii U's Online and Multimedia Capabilities

Andriasang writes "Nintendo's new console, Wii U, will not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed this to investors during a Q&A session at E3 last week." (Wii U)

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D0ffy  +   1540d ago
Didn't expect it to at all and dunno why it should anyway. Got my PS3 for Blu-ray playback, but will get the Wii U just for gaming, just as I did with the Wii. Blu-ray/DVD playback would be a nice finess, but certainly not vital IMO. Would just mean it would be more expensive.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1540d ago
Nintendo has lost their way. With the DS and the Wii, they talked about getting back to the roots of gaming and making videogames - not movies or TV shows - the center of the living room. That was less than a decade ago.

Now Nintendo has turned into a toddler in pull-ups shouting "I'm a big boy! Lookie me! I have multiplatform games that come a year after they hit the other consoles (Battlefield 3, Arkham City)! Imma big now, mommy!"
D0ffy  +   1540d ago
How does that post have anything to do with Blu-ray playback? Isn't removing Blu-ray playback a sign of focusing on games (though I know Wii didn't have it either)?

I'm not quite sure I understand what you're saying here. If I'm not mistaken you're just trolling then.
dedicatedtogamers  +   1540d ago
No, Nintendo is trying to be more multimedia focused these days, which is a departure from how they used to be.
AAACE5  +   1540d ago
Doesn't matter to me, I haven't bought a movie in years! I went from having over 500 dvd's to none and haven't looked back! Netflix all the way!

At least you are ensuring that your drive will have extra life by not over using it for multiple task.
gamingdroid  +   1540d ago
@AAACE5
I agree with you, I completely stopped buying dvd's a long time ago. Especially after netflix started streaming and since, I bought 2 Blu-Rays, both less than $10!

What concerns me more is that Nintendo is making their network too open without any standard requirement. That is essentially the strategy PSN (or lack of) had, thus not all games support trophies, less people with headset and a bunch of others (mostly minor) features....
pcz  +   1540d ago
'' Wii U, will not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities''
oh really? then you will have no excuse for putting out an expensive price tag on this thing.
gamingdroid  +   1540d ago
cough cough... they are going back to their roots
shikamaroooo  +   1540d ago
They are cheapening the Wii U manufacturing costs
fossilfern  +   1540d ago
I love how all the details of the system are coming after their press conference. The Wii U was badly presented at E3
Knushwood Butt  +   1540d ago
"but I can speak generally about the direction that we are moving in.".

That sums up everything Nintendo has to say regarding the Wii U.
Peaceful_Jelly  +   1540d ago
the Wii "couldn't" play Dvd movies either yet the hackers came and made it possible through a custom FW... Nintendo says these lies and make proprietary discs so they don't have to pay royalties to anybody else.
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SuperStrokey1123  +   1540d ago
Why is it a lie? I dont see how them saying it wont play DVDs and then someone forcing it to do it is a lie at all. It would be a lie if they said it did play them but it didnt...
SuperStrokey1123  +   1540d ago
I was looking at the back of teh wiiu and i didnt even see and ethernet port. I know its not even close to finalized but i would think something liek that would be a no brainer now days with all of the talk about how online is so important.
Ddouble  +   1540d ago
Yea one other article pointed out that it was to cut costs as well because people use wireless but i expect it to be added before launch.

If they don't add it then they should just focus on the causals.
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mamotte  +   1540d ago
"If they don't add it then they should just focus on the causals."

Because seeing movies is too hardcore. Casuals dont see movies.
Ddouble  +   1540d ago
@mamotte
I was talking about having an ethernet port

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