Likely shocking no one, Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U will not play DVD or Blu-ray movies.
Like when discussing the Wii, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says the company thinks you probably already have a device capable of playing those formats. He adds 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."
It's a fair assumption to make. You likely already do have that functionality built into a device in your living room… on another videogame console. Given that, the lack of physical video disc playback isn't a huge deal, especially since the Wii U will support Netflix and (potentially) other video streaming services.
When it comes to movies, I have a strict "no physical media" policy after two generations (VHS and then DVD) of owning now near-useless tapes and discs. I ain't mad at Nintendo. But for those who do have a soft spot for touching things and putting them on a shelf, it's a bit disappointing that the Wii U won't deliver on all fronts.
But hey, that Zelda HD experience demo at E3 has me totally jazzed!
Macross fans rejoice! The details about the upcoming Blu-Ray remaster of Macross: Do You Remember Love just keep getting sweeter. We revealed last month that the Japan only release would be a Hybrid Disc, containing a P...more
It's been a rocky few days for Macross fans. Legendary director Noboru Ishiguro, known for his work on the original Macross series, as well as the amazing film, Macross: Do you Remember Love?, passed away at age 73 due to lun...more
You can watch it in pieces for free online, but this fall you'll be able to buy the entire web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy on Blu-ray. Set for a November 8 release, the disc will feature all nine episodes of the Kevin Tancha...more