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Wii U Region Lock Confirmed

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.

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FinalomegaS2276d ago

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.

STGuy10402276d ago

Well, the original GBA was region free. I imported the Japanese system before the US launch and it played US games perfectly fine.

SilentNegotiator2276d ago

Surprising? No.

Disappointing? Yes.

decrypt2276d ago (Edited 2276d ago )

Lol consoles and their restrictions.

badz1492276d ago

at least PS3 and Vita are region free.

reynod2276d ago

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.

Outside_ofthe_Box2276d ago

But they have the better games. As a gamer that's what counts the most.

ChickeyCantor2276d ago

It got nothing to do with technological advancements. It's about marketing.

SonyNGP2276d ago

How about that IP blocked content in our consoles and computers huh?

LX-General-Kaos2276d ago (Edited 2276d ago )

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

Samus HD2276d ago

expected news, I mean the 3ds has it, why not Wii U

LX-General-Kaos2276d ago

I expected this, but in the end all we have is hope.

ElectricKaibutsu2276d ago

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!

LX-General-Kaos2276d ago

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.

ChickeyCantor2276d ago (Edited 2276d ago )

"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.

wishingW3L2276d ago (Edited 2276d ago )

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

ronin4life2276d ago

@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...^_^;;

PS3Freak2276d ago

Please do not compare this simpleton to the almighty Dark Sniper.

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ElectricKaibutsu2276d ago

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.

Jdoki2276d ago

Depending on how Nintendo have implemented region locking, it could be that they are far more bothered about hardware imports than software.

Jdoki2276d ago

That's a shame, but not unexpected.

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