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Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:03

No DVD or Blu-ray playback on Wii U

Written by David Stellmack

Already have other devices to handle that
Nintendo has now officially confirmed that the Wii U will not offer any DVD or Blu-ray disc playback. Despite talk of DVD playback being included, Nintendo claims that consumers already have other devices to handle such playback, so there is no reason to go through the expense of adding it.

While DVD and Blu-ray playback are apparently off the table, sources tell us that streaming is still likely for the device, with expected support from streaming providers such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. It is suspected that in order to deliver the same kind of experience that other platforms already have, Nintendo will have to offer some streaming support. It is unknown if Nintendo will offer movie streaming though their own market place offerings.

So far, neither Netflix nor Hulu have commented publicly about supporting the Wii U, but we suspect that they will announce it at some point. Currently, Netflix does support streaming on the Wii platform with the use of a bootable disc to access Netflix. Currently, Hulu does not offer Hulu Plus on the Wii platform.

David Stellmack

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+4 #1 chyll2 2011-06-16 08:39
i dont mind the lost of DVD playback as long as I can play media stored in portable storage.
+6 #2 leftiszi 2011-06-16 10:43
Well as long as it gets jailbroken soon enough and some third party mkv player comes out, it's fine by me!
-11 #3 dan 2011-06-16 10:44
Did they confirm this directly to you in person, David? If not you MUST CITE YOUR SOURCES.
+1 #4 Super XP 2011-06-16 10:58
Bad move for Nintendo. IMO
+1 #5 nele 2011-06-16 11:57
Quoting dan:
Did they confirm this directly to you in person, David? If not you MUST CITE YOUR SOURCES.

Last time I checked David lived in the US, not North Korea.
0 #6 dan 2011-06-16 12:43
This is information obtained from elsewhere. If the source is not cited, it could be seen a plagiarism.
+2 #7 Boomstick777 2011-06-16 12:53
Great move by Nintendo, would rather have a focused game machine than a 'wanna be' media player, I already have a BluRay player, several DVD Players and a MKV media player. I don't need another, this will keep the price down aswell :)
+2 #8 TechHog 2011-06-16 13:50
I've seen a lot of people complain about this. The most common reasons they give for this being a bad move? "I can't get rid of the Blu-Ray player I already have!" and "What if my Blu-Ray player breaks!?!" It's just... funny. Does it really kill people to have two devices under their TV? And if you use your Blu-Ray player enough that it's at risk of breaking, why would you want to use a console that costs 3x as much instead? (Especially since stand-alone players are always better.)

Still, it would have been a good selling point. It sucks that Nintendo has to choose between losing profit and losing sales because people are OCD or don't know how to take care of their stuff. :(
-2 #9 bardenck 2011-06-16 15:36
dvd playback on a console is convenient and cheap as hell no reason not to include...i have 2 360's and a ps3 and 2 gaming pc's and i would still want my nintendo U to have some sort of playback...what if i only had one console????????? i gotta buy a dvd player or should i just go buy a proven console 360 or ps3.... ps3 has a freakin blu ray player!!!!!!!?? u guys are retarded...wii is official [censored]in lame....they pulled this shit with the gamecube having a tiny retarded disc drive?????
+1 #10 TechHog 2011-06-16 15:59

If movie playback is your primary concern when choosing a gaming console, then something is horribly wrong. From the way you worded that post, I doubt that you were really interested in the first place. Would having DVD and Blu-Ray playback really have changed your mind? And, seriously, who doesn't have a DVD player already?

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