Iwata said supporting the formats would be too costly in relation to reward
Nintendo’s next generation console won’t come with playback capabilities for DVD or Blu-ray, Nintendo has confirmed.
“We feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray,” Nintendo boss Iwata told investors last week at a Q&A session.
Nintendo claimed it would have to factor in costs for Blu-ray or DVD playback support. When building its current home console, the Wii, Nintendo had to factor in costs to achieve the opposite – to circumvent DVD playback on a system that supported it.
The company’s longstanding aim is to build entertainment devices specifically for playing games.
Nintendo previously claimed the Wii U's disc capacities would be 25 gigabytes.