More proof that Nintendo still does not "get it" — Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed everybody's worst fear: the Wii U will once again be a gimped box. It will not be able to play DVD or Blu-ray discs. What a huge shame.
As with its current Wii console, Nintendo's successor will mostly be a box for gaming. Here's the big blow from Iwata:
"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."
While Iwata is probably right, most people do have a DVD or Blu-ray player (or PS3) to handle all their optical disc needs, not including either feature, especially when we know that the Wii U can support discs with up to 25GB of storage is disappointing. So much for longevity. I can't imagine the Wii U will last 10 years like the PS3 or Xbox 360.
Hey, at least the Wii U will continue to support Netflix. Hopefully, no optical disc playback will translate to a cheaper price tag than even the $300 PS3 and Xbox 360 (I mean, come on, the Wii U won't even have an internal hard drive for crying out loud).