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No DVDs or Blu-ray Discs for Wii U

Written on June 17, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Like its forerunners, Nintendo went with a proprietary 25GB format that seems as though it could accommodate Blu-ray discs and DVDs, but can’t.

According to Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, “The reason for that is 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.”

Nintendo probably wanted to keep the price down on the Wii U because of the relatively high price of the new controller. We’ll, probably gamers will be able to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs on the Wii U if they really want to. That is, if the hyperactive Wii hacking community of the past will be at leisure to do so.

Expect to find some kind of home brew software that can solve that problem shortly after the Wii U is released in the market.

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Surprise! DVD Sales Sink, Digital Sales Rise in US

Written on May 05, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Soon to appear in your local museum of digital history: DVDs.

Well, viewers can’t say they didn’t see it coming. With the advent of digital content, it’s only a matter of time until DVDs become obsolete. A recent sales report from the Digital Entertainment Group in Los Angeles raised the curtains to reveal that DVD sales in the US sank by as much as 20% over the past 12 months. Digital sales however show a significant improvement, banking 9% increase over the same time frame.

According to the DEG report, sales of DVD and Blu-ray packaged goods fell from $2.6 to $2.1 billion. While total US home entertainment spending fell drastically from $4.6 to $4.2 billion. Digital sales however tells another story, as subscription-based rental and streaming boosted a total of 33% from $523 to $696 million.

So to whom should people put the blame on the DVD’s impending doom other than the obvious “digital is way better so everyone’s jumping there?” DEG notes that it was due to four “tentpoles”, which totaled in $1 billion in Blu-ray and DVD sales in Q1 of 2010. Plus, the 2010 Easter holiday season which fell outside the sales period.

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