Nintendo has confirmed to popular Japanese magazine Famitsu that Wii U will be region LOCKED. This is really a bad news for all Nintendo fans across the globe.
OK after thinking hard on it. I don't remember any Nintendo home consoles being region free ( had to use a gamegenie type to play the JP NES games) So I'm not surprise with this.
Well, the original GBA was region free. I imported the Japanese system before the US launch and it played US games perfectly fine.
Surprising? No. Disappointing? Yes.
Lol consoles and their restrictions.
at least PS3 and Vita are region free.
Hes not generalizing. He said "consoles and their restrictions". That doesn't have to specifically mean region locked or not. How is the OtherOS treating you? or how is the BC working? Its a restricted platform, you get what the platform owner wants you to, nothing more nothing less.
But they have the better games. As a gamer that's what counts the most.
It got nothing to do with technological advancements. It's about marketing.
How about that IP blocked content in our consoles and computers huh?
I know someone here who is going to have a blast in this article. Looking forward to your post good sir. This is semi unfortunate news for us Nintendo Elite supporters. Hopefully our gaming brethren in Japan are more forgiving to us westerners this time around. Break the locks Rated E For Everyone
expected news, I mean the 3ds has it, why not Wii U
I expected this, but in the end all we have is hope.
And vice versa! They don't release any Lego games here for some bizarre reason. I want to play Lego City on the Wii U!
I never knew that. I wonder why we would hold back on the Lego franchise. Lets hope this new one breaks through and makes it to Japan.
"This is semi unfortunate news for us Nintendo Elite supporters." The more I read "Elite" in your religious posts the more disgusted I am. First we got the shitty casual-hardcore definitions. Now we have you trying to promote "Elite Nintendo supporter". Do you pray to miyamoto too? Does he also work in mysterious ways? Absolutely hate your writing style.
the guy's a copy of Dark Sniper and Zhuk but instead of Sony and MS he's the fake PR of Nintendo. The funny thing is that between the 3 Dark Sniper is the only one that has no bubbles and then people say that this site is pro Sony. XD
@wishing All to do with attitude. Dark$niper started out acting like a jerk and tripling all over the place. Negative behavior is quickly punished. Kaos however has always spoken positively even when referring to Nintendo competitors and didn't attack non Nintendo articles. I do miss kind of D$ though...^_^;;
Please do not compare this simpleton to the almighty Dark Sniper.
I'll still be picking up a Wii U of course. I saw this coming, but I'm still disappointed. I get that if you sell a game for $40 in one region and $60 in another you don't want people just importing the cheap one. That's global economics. But, if you release a game in one region with no plan to release it in another, why lock it? Then you get zero sales from one region instead of a couple thousand from importers.
Depending on how Nintendo have implemented region locking, it could be that they are far more bothered about hardware imports than software.
That's a shame, but not unexpected.
Oh well, looking forward to the future exploits that will take away this anti-consumer protection.
shit :( no import games
I wont say these aren't bad news, but's no surprising in a Nintendo console. I'm kind of sad, but I was expecting it. There goes my japanese lessons...
Well that sucks, a good portion of the games I play on PS3 are US titles that have yet to come to Europe. Shame.
how sad, you wont be able to play shovelware from asia.
Bahahaha more fail with the WiiUpgrade! For the PS3 I imported countless special or limited editions from USA, like GOW III, Uncharted 3 and LittleBigPlanet 2. For 360 I got some from Asia even. So much fail going on for WiiUpgrade, it ain't funny anymore!
What a story, Mark.
You're tearing me apart Lisa.
Try importing persona 4 the arena. And see if that will work on your "region free" consoles. ...^__^;;
You're bringing up the one PS3 game that isn't region free, lollol.
Atlus loss, many people that used to buy more than 1 ver, got just 1 copy some didn't bought it ...
So much for "Welcoming Back" hardcore gamers...
I really am not sure what being a hardcore gamer has to do with locking a console honestly?? I mean I consider myself a hardcore gamer but I really don't care if a console is locked. I do see the bummer part of it especially for people in europe and don't get me wrong I've seen some japanese games I would love to play like the tales games but I just deal.
You're only answering your own question: You don't have to import other region games to be a hardcore gamer, but gamers wanting to play games they otherwise wouldn't is what started the modding community. Was the number one reason right next to piracy.
wow, ps3 is still the only totally region free console this generation
ps4 day 1. Just sayin.
Faaaaaaaail. why the hell is it region locked? oh yeah so they can cash in on the fanboys who would buy a japanese one as well for the japanese exclusives just like the 3ds.
This means nothing but the usual will hit wii u in western territories.. Mario, mario kart, paper mario, etc.. But they cant miss something they never had so im sure they dont care about something like this
I think it has something to do with "protecting" the smaller market regions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... In case you didn't know, Nintendo invented region-locking
thats not something to be proud of lol, i hate region locking. its stupid, No reason I would have to buy a japanese 3ds to play games from japan.
And they're trying to appeal to core gamers? I don't think so.
what nintendo console isnt locked.
what is everyone crying about or am I missing something? was it not only Sony this gen that never region locked their console for the first time? Ms and Nintendo locked theirs and did it cause anyone any problems or harm? why would you not expect them to lock it? it seems just like Apple, when you are on top everyone who does nto have access to your product will have something to moan about. Get over it.
I import alot of 360 games in ntscj even though i have a pal system they work great i wonder if wii u will have a similar sly workaround.
Amazing how all the folks claiming how much a fail this is and how this issue of region locking is now main the reason why they won't be getting the console. Gimme a break. You guys come in these Wii U posts every hour and talk shit about the console you never had/have any intention of buying lol. Its hilarious. Nintendo has never sold a region free console..EVER. The real problem is not localizing the games in timely fashion like the case of Xenoblade and Last Story. Or even the debacle of Smash Bros. Release in Europe. There are legitimate complaints to be had for Nintendo's practices and not everything they do has a midas touch, but NO console company does. The hypocrisy is hilarious. Change the name on the plastic box and the people hating on it would be orgasming over it. That is pathetic.
So because they've never done it, it's okay for them to CONTINUE to not do it? Where's the logic in that? A lot of people have very large interests in games that wind up being released only in one region. Gaming- and the world, in general- isn't what it used to be: the term globalization comes to mind. The world is "smaller" than it's ever been; yet this move by Nintendo bucks that trend. It costs them more money to localize smaller, niche titles, than it would cost them to make the console region-free. You don't know what factors go into people deciding to buy a console, so how can you say people are talking trash about this? Yeah, it's expected- because it's Nintendo- but it's still disappointing. It's the sort of thing core and hardcore gamers would be looking forward to; you know, that part of the market that Nintendo's supposed to be courting with the Wii U? I guarantee you no casual gamers out there import little-known titles to play on their consoles. You think a name change to one of the other consoles would garner praise? Sony would be slammed for region-locking their consoles. Don't know if anybody would care for Microsoft, since they don't get a lot of exclusives in Japan anymore, but they wouldn't get praise. You really need to stop.
What I am saying is it is an unrealistic expectation to have when historically Nintendo has always region locked consoles. Is it right? Should Nintendo make their console region free? I don't know. And additionally I don't care. Again, I reiterate my point that the main issue here is the localizing or non-localizing of certain regional software. Considering I am a 'casual gamer' I really don't care about this either way. If n e one needs to stop, it would be you. All you seem to do is come to Nintendo News and troll, either bluntly or not so stealthily. That's gotta stop.
actually nintendo is starting to do it with their handhelds the ds lite wasnt locked then with dsi they started locking handhelds. 360 and ps3 left locked console in the previous gen. Its kinda expected nowadays. I have several games on ps3 and 360 from japan. Mario doesnt have anything stoping a person from importing since they dont have stories or real voice acting. Why wait months till nintendo decides you should play?
i just say why? Whats the big deal if gamers import games from other countries would it cut that much into NOAs revenue? Even if they are imported doesnt it still go on nintendos worldwide revenue?
then nintendo better localize some games that were made exclusive to japan
It's a new console system. We should be getting almost all the good games japan does anyways so Region locking shouldn't be an issue like it is with the 3DS where they leave out a ton of games that we will probably never see.
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