Yeah, not so much. According to Nintendo of America’s Public Relations Manager Matt Atwood, though the price has not yet been determined, the DVD-playing (cheekily christened the “WiiVD” by some) version of the Wii
will be showing up in North American sometime in late 2007.
Is this a deal breaker? Not for me, I suppose—pretty much everything in my house, up to and including my toaster, plays back DVDs; and given that my primary DVD player is also region-free, it’s going to take some serious functionality to supersede
. And, as others have pointed out, the Wii doesn’t support 5.1 surround sound, so I wouldn’t hold my breath for the slightly upgraded version.