I was on GameCola recently, thinking about starting, er, finishing the E3 report on Zelda: Skyward Sword that I promised to write last week. Much to my surprise, I noticed that Paul wrote a snarky article about the Wii U’s lack of DVD and Blu-ray support. My response?
Paul says that the Wii U doesn’t need to play DVDs, because everyone already owns a DVD player. Paul conveniently has ignored that, following this logic, the Wii U needs to play Blu-rays because…
Nobody owns a Blu-ray player.
Face it: No one in the history of the world has ever willingly purchased a Blu-ray disc. If you do own one, it’s because you accidentally bought a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. That’s right; they give out Blu-ray discs for free, along with DVDs, because there’s no other way to get rid of them.
And of course, because Nintendo’s Wii U will not play near-useless Blu-ray discs, Nintendo is basically signing their death warrant.
Consider my DVD-playing PlayStation 2. I have owned it for, say, three years. Here are all the games I have played with this machine:
That’s an average of one game per year. The rest of the time, the PS2 serves as my personal DVD player, which I use to watch TV series. In other words, my PS2 is just a glorified DVD player. Therefore, for me, it is essential that the Wii U has DVD and Blu-ray support, because those are the only features I will ever use.
So here’s what Nintendo should do to fix this situation: They should make a hardware deal with one of the major Blu-ray companies, like Sony. Sony can give them the hardware necessary to play Blu-rays! Sure, Nintendo will probably have to pay $50 to Sony on every Wii U sold, but it will definitely be worth it. Otherwise, nobody will ever buy a Wii U, just like how nobody ever buys Blu-ray discs. Make it happen, Nintendo!