In an interview that can only be seen on news10.net's Game Guys, Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs Cindy Gordon talks about the Wii U, its development, backwards compatibility, and the device's inability to play DVD and BluRay movies.
"That (playing DVDs and BluRay disks) is not something that's included in the system," stated Gordon.
Off camera, it was explained that the Wii U uses a proprietary disk and simply cannot read DVD and BluRay disks.
Physical media limitations aside, development of the Wii U is on schedule and Gordon verified that the system will be released in the latter half of 2012.
Along with the new system and catalog of games, Nintendo verified that the company's upcoming home gaming console will be fully backwards compatible with original Wii games as well as its various peripherals including the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Balance Board, and others. It will not, however, be able to play GameCube games like the current Wii console does.
"Typically our consoles go back one generation so that's what you typically see," explained Gordon. "The Wii's been out now for nearly, you know, six years so people have a pretty robust Wii library of games."
Nintendo's Wii console is thus far the first and only home gaming console the company has released with native backwards compatibility support for game software. The company's various gaming handhelds, however, have been kind to backwards compatibility with all Game Boys up to the Game Boy Advanced SP supporting all the way back to the original Game Boy (released in 1989), the DS able to play GBA game cartridges, and more modern DSi and 3DS platforms able to support older DS games.
Nintendo has yet to release any exact pricing details for its Wii U console.