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Nintendo’s Global president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that their forthcoming console, the Wii U, won’t be able to play either DVD or Blu-Ray discs.

“Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities,” Iwata explained to investors.

The reason? Because Nintendo believe that their potential user base already have devices that are capable of doing so, and can’t justify the cost for the Wii U to do so as well.

Iwata continued, “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.”

[Thanks, Eurogamer]

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.