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Nintendo Wii U will not play DVDs or Blu-ray

If you was hoping to buy the Nintendo Wii U next year and use it to watch DVD or Blu-ray discs think again, we have recently heard that it will not allow playback of either of these formats.

Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata recently said “Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities” and added “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”.

To be honest with you we can understand both sides of the argument, most people do already have DVD and Blu-ray players so they don’t really need the Wii U to offer this functionality, however on the other hand if Nintendo’s upcoming console did allow for this it would be another selling point.

This news comes courtesy of VG247 following a Nintendo Q&A session which was posted on, what do you make of this news? Does it disappoint you? Or do you agree that everyone probably has a DVD or Blu-ray player by now?

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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