DVD-enhanced Wii hits Japan "latter half of 2007"

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Jax, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. Jax

    Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

    Jul 31, 2006
    A couple weeks back, the UK's Edge Magazine revealed the Wii would be getting a DVD-enhanced variant in Japan, sometime in 2007. Today, Gamasutra reports "California technology company Sonic Solutions have announced that Nintendo has chosen to use the company's software to allow a 'future version' of the Wii console to play DVD movies."

    Interesting. With a DVD drive already built into every Wii, it seemed logical that a software solution was all that was needed to implement DVD playback on the Wii. Ostensibly, the reason for Nintendo's decision to not include DVD playback was the format's onerous licensing fees relative to the already high market penetration DVD players currently enjoy. Instead of releasing a "future version" of the console to the Japanese market exclusively, why not sell the DVD playback software via the console's online store to recoup the licensing fees?

    Source: Joystiq
  2. Hypnotoad

    Hypnotoad GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 6, 2006
    United States
    They did the same thing with the Gamecube back in the day. Months after the original rollout, the "Panasonic Q" was introduced to Japanese buyers. It was just basically a shinny silver Gamecube which had a region free dvd player built in. Came with a remote too.
  3. jumpman17

    jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

    Former Staff
    Apr 11, 2003
    United States
    Oh boy! Now I can play DVDs on yet ANOTHER device. As if the 3 DVD players, DVD recorder, DVD-ROM, portable DVD player, and a PS2 wasn't enough for me.
  4. nunofgs

    nunofgs GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 16, 2006
    /me smacks jumpman17 in the face

    There is no such thing as too many DVD playing devices! [​IMG]
  5. Opium

    Opium PogoShell it to me ™

    Former Staff
    Dec 22, 2002
    It's also coming to the US late 2007.