Feeds

Nintendo Wii to get DVD playback next year?

Only in Japan

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Nintendo is planning to release a DVD playback pack for its next-generation console, Wii, but it looks like only Japanese consumers will ever get the chance to buy it. Europe and the US, it seems, are too stuffed with cheap DVD players to make such a move worthwhile.

So reports UK magazine Edge, which points to a 2007 launch date for the Japanese Wii DVD pack, possibly as an enhanced version of the console.

It certainly won't come cheap. Price appears to be the reason why the initial Wii will lack DVD support - adding it would have raised the console's price beyond Nintendo's price point, a statement from the videogames pioneer indicates.

Nintendo's pricing is key to its plan to win over casual gamers and consumers new to console gaming. Its logic runs: why risk that for the sake of a feature few if any buyers will use? Indeed, with DVD players now costing less than 50 quid from the nation's supermarkets, it's hard to imagine any UK household that wants DVD playback not having it already.

Times have changed. One of the key selling points of the PS2 when it launched in the US and Europe was its DVD playback feature. Sony hopes the PS3 will perform the same trick for its Blu-ray Disc format.

Wii is due to ship in Europe on 8 December for £179/€249. It will go on sale in the US on 19 November for $250, and in Japan on 2 December, for ¥25,000. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.