Wii U won't play DVDs or Blu-rays, may support multiple controllers down the road

Nintendo confirms Wii U functionality to investors

Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U will not ship with the ability to play DVDs or Blu-rays. Following the console's reveal last week at E3, Nintendo told investors and analysts that while the system is designed to chug away on Nintendo's own “proprietary high-density [12-cm] optical discs”, it would not support a playback feature for commercial DVDs and Blu-rays, explaining that most consumers already have umpteen ways to enjoy media of this ilk. According to Nintendo, it just wouldn't make fiscal sense to add to the clutter.

"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," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

Addressing further concerns over the Wii U's hardware, specifically thenotion it will only support one of the newfangled touchscreen controllers, Iwata revealed that Nintendo is open to exploring multi-controller options, suggesting, “In the future, we may look at what other opportunities there are for gameplay and, how having two of those controllers might create fun or interesting new styles of play, but of course in doing that, it would require a consumer to purchase an additional controller. Therefore, we would need to carefully consider how we could create such an experience and, potentially, how we could ensure that there would be enough value within that experience for the consumer to accept that cost and make that purchase.”

Nintendoappears to betaking adefensive stance followingthe Wii U'sdebut at E3 2011. And while the omission of DVD and Blu-ray playback makes some sense (remember, the Wii initially skipped this feature as well and the world continued to spin), the hesitancy regarding multiple controllersdoes seemcontrary to the company's “let's let everyone enjoy the same experience” philosophy. Granted, Nintendo still has some time to change its mind on these things, but knowing what wecurrently donow,do the Wii U'sfeatures (or lack thereof) increase of decrease your interestin theBig N's next big thing?

Jun 15, 2011

[Source:Nintendo]



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"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," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

Addressing further concerns over the Wii U's hardware, specifically thenotion it will only support one of the newfangled touchscreen controllers, Iwata revealed that Nintendo is open to exploring multi-controller options, suggesting, “In the future, we may look at what other opportunities there are for gameplay and, how having two of those controllers might create fun or interesting new styles of play, but of course in doing that, it would require a consumer to purchase an additional controller. Therefore, we would need to carefully consider how we could create such an experience and, potentially, how we could ensure that there would be enough value within that experience for the consumer to accept that cost and make that purchase.”

Nintendoappears to betaking adefensive stance followingthe Wii U'sdebut at E3 2011. And while the omission of DVD and Blu-ray playback makes some sense (remember, the Wii initially skipped this feature as well and the world continued to spin), the hesitancy regarding multiple controllersdoes seemcontrary to the company's “let's let everyone enjoy the same experience” philosophy. Granted, Nintendo still has some time to change its mind on these things, but knowing what wecurrently donow,do the Wii U'sfeatures (or lack thereof) increase of decrease your interestin theBig N's next big thing?

Jun 15, 2011

[Source:Nintendo]



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E3 2011: The Wii U hardware info you need to know
How big is the screen? What’s the console look like?




E3 2011: Don't worry, extra Wii U controllers might not cost you a thing (because you might not be able to buy them)
But trust us, this is a GOOD thing

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