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Old 18-01-2007   #1
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What format is the Wii?

what disc format does the Wii use, is it DVD?, if so there must be a way to play DVD movies
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Old 18-01-2007   #2
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i think they've gone to full size DVD's, and i think that they can, Ninja! wii need an answer!

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Old 18-01-2007   #3
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no they can't play dvd movies, just tried it
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Old 18-01-2007   #4
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No, it's because you need to pay a license fee to use the DVD logo and be able to play them, so Nintendo figured that everyone's already got a DVD player so why would they bother making you pay extra?

There will eventually be a luxury version of the Wii that has all the bells and whistles, but it's only set to be released in Japan as of yet.
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Old 18-01-2007   #5
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ok thanks ninja!
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bummer they have to pay extra for a license. if i was nintendo i would just come up with my own way to read dvds. god knows they have the resources
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Old 19-01-2007   #7
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i agree they must be able to come up with something
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Okay, I guess I need to explain this. DVD is a trademark, the format was created when a bunch of companies got together to do the format, so if anyone wants to use their format they HAVE to pay them money. Even if they called it DvP it would still be their format.
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So why nintendo did not do it????? they are being too selfish
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Old 19-01-2007   #10
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well not really i can understand that most people have plenty of DVD players, and it would make sense not to put it into the Wii as standard, it would save on production costs.
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Exactly, it's like not putting in high-def graphics, because hardly anyone has a high def tv.
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Old 20-01-2007   #12
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i understand, although it does have an option to give out 480p, but its not really high definition
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Old 20-01-2007   #13
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wouldnt that be considered some sort of monopoly over the product ? Especially if there are no other players in the industry.
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Yes, it is a monopoly, but no one tried to bring in another format, there wasn't a point. DVD was good enough and that was the end of it. Once VHS took over you could still buy BETA, but there really wasn't a reason to.
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it's not a monopoly as such, because no one's annoyed with it, its not crushing someone elses product, because most manufacterers got together and decided to make one product, to help the market.

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that was a smart move >
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Yeah, i wish they'd done that with Blu-ray and HDVD.

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Old 20-02-2007   #18
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DVD would have been a plus for the wii tho.
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Old 27-02-2007   #19
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Everybody has a DVD player already, no point in makeing the Wii DVD readable, maybe in the future.

And there was an interview with a guy from Nintendo saying that the Wii had the capabilities for HD, but they'll worry about that later.
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Old 28-02-2007   #20
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i dought they will make it dvd readable in the future its like you said, most people have a dvd player, and its capable of 480p high definition if you can call it that but thats a bout it at the mo
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