With news that the Wii U won't be compatible with GameCube games, and that the console's proprietary disc format is able to hold an amount of data that rivals the PlayStation 3, we naturally wonder if the console will be able to play Blu-ray Discs, or even DVDs.
At this year's E3 analyst Q&A session, hopes of being able to play the aforementioned formats on the Wii U have been dashed as Satoru Iwata had the following response to a question on the console's multimedia functionalities:
Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities... 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.
It's not like Nintendo consoles have a history of being able to play CDs or DVDs so this shouldn't come as a surprise, but does it come as a disappointment? With plans to have the Netflix service available on the console, perhaps Nintendo is satisfied in continuing to provide streaming media with its next home console.