Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed some new information about the Wii U at a investor and analyst meeting last week. Specifically he mentioned the new disc format for the Wii U will be a proprietary 25GB disc, but it won’t be a DVD nor a Blu-ray. His exact quote follows.
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.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed Nintendo for the past decade as they have done the same with the GameCube, the Wii and now the Wii U. 25GB discs sounds just about right to me though, and likely means we won’t see very many multi-disc games. Do we really need an all-in-wonder for all of our consoles? Microsoft and Sony will have all your media center capabilities locked down anyways. The true question is, how much will these patents save the consumers? I seriously doubt we’re going to get the Wii U for anything under $399.99.