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Planning to replace that aging Blu-ray player with a Wii U? Not so fast. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says the gaming console won't play DVD or Blu-ray discs, due to patent licensing fees.
Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/15/w...ay-iwata-says/

Hopefully at least Netflix will still be an option by then.
    
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I didn't read the article, but do they plan to fully go digital?
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I didn't read the article, but do they plan to fully go digital?
Doesn't say.
    
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Man, Wii u seems like its gonna suck big time. Dreamcast died coz it didnt have dvd playback
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Man, Wii u seems like its gonna suck big time. Dreamcast died coz it didnt have dvd playback
The Wii doesn't have it either and hasn't died. Anyone who really wanted it, modded their Wii anyway. Honestly, I can see why they aren't bothering.
    
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Honestly, I really wouldn't care if it did.

I use my gaming console to play games, not watch movies.
Sounds like it'll end up with a lower price for the consumer, which I like.
Edited by frickfrock999 - 6/15/11 at 11:17am
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Fail....
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like, how much could it POSSIBLY cost them to add the "copyrights" and junk for DVD's. i can understand not having a blu ray player, it cuts costs and it's not really the standard yet, but the ps2 played DVD's in 2001!
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I don't really care if it does anyways. I haven't used a DVD in years now for games or movies. Netflix/Online Services > DVD/Bluray discs. Assuming you have good interwebs.
    
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like, how much could it POSSIBLY cost them to add the "copyrights" and junk for DVD's.
I don't think anyone would really want to pay an extra fee to play dvds when nearly everyone probably has a dvd player or can purchase one for dirt cheap now.

This is a much better plan for them.
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