The Wii U can do a lot of cool stuff; it can work as a tablet, it’s controller can become a portable gaming device, it can even do video chat. Apparently though, it won’t be able to play Blurays or DVDs, much like the two Nintendo consoles before it.

The news was confirmed this morning by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during an conference call with investors. “Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities,” Iwata said during the call.  Not surprisingly, Iwata cited price as the reason for not including the functionality in the new system citing that “enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray.”

The Wii U will however connect to social media networks. “”We are no longer in a period where we cannot have any connection at all with social networking sites,: Iwata confirmed. Though he wouldn’t elaborate on just how the system do this, he did say that the company was “always looking at ways that will convey to this audience which games are fun and, ideally, in a way that will enable people who are playing those games with others, to share that information socially.”

So, does it matter that the Wii U won’t be able to play your blurays? Let us know!

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