Published on November 15th, 2006 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder2
Wii to Play DVDs in 2007
One of the initial draws to Nintendo’s latest console was the fact that it could play DVDs, yet the feature was removed for various reasons. In a recent press release, the cat was let out of the bag announcing that by the end of 2007, there will be a slightly higher priced, DVD-enabled Wii on the market.
According to the release, Nintendo plans to launch this version of Wii some time in the latter half of 2007. What wasnt clear, however, was if this announcement had been confirmed by Nintendo, and if the DVD-enabled Wii would be released outside of Japan. That said, GameDaily BIZ has now received confirmation from Nintendo that the release in the latter half of 2007 is for North America as well.
Nintendo of Americas Public Relations Manager Matt Atwood said that a price has not yet been determined, but that the DVD-enabled Wii would come at a higher price than the standard Wii console $249 because of the “extra cost required to implement DVD playback.” Keep in mind that Nintendo had originally announced the Wii with DVD playback, but later removed the feature because of cost and because most people have separate DVD players nowadays anyway.
Might Nintendo actually be listening to it’s userbase? I wouldn’t have guessed that they’d release a DVD-enabled Wii, but coming from the company that sports no less than 5 colors of their recent consoles, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Who wants to bet on the “WiiDVD” being a special color?
I could be the only one in this category, but I’ve decided to wait on my Wii purchase. Having bought a DS Lite when it came out, only to have the sleek “Black” version release a couple months later, i’d kind of like to wait until the black Wii releases. Then, all bets are off because i’ll have to pick up at least 3 or 4 games to review. Maybe it’s a good thing the black version of the console won’t be out on launch – if it was, i’d be rid of $350 at least, and I can think of a few bills that would love that kind of attention!
Nintendo to Release DVD-Enabled Wii in 2007 [via GameDaily BIZ]