Looks like Wii U GamePads are region-locked as well

Games aren't the only region-locking aspect of the Wii U - it looks like the GamePad itself is region-locked as well.

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PopRocks3591697d ago

Seems odd that they would region lock the controller (given it cannot function without the already region locked console) but I suppose it really doesn't matter since the controller is just a controller.

Just another in a long line of weird decisions by the Big N it seems.

NYC_Gamer1697d ago

It's because a person from EU could order one from the states for cheaper..That would take away profit that Nintendo could have made in that market..

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Blank1696d ago

Yup you explained it in a nutshell kinda suxs because what if in the future I see an awesome unique colored wii u gamepad from another region?? I swear im a sucker for different colored consoles and accessories especially collector ones like the japanese oftenly get

-Mika-1696d ago

So why didn't sony reigon lock the vita? Stop making excuses for them. Nintendo is a really anti-consumer company and people really shouldn't be defending this

n4f1696d ago

yeah yeah watever mika and her/his/its second account you know your opinion is not welcome

ChickeyCantor1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

Oh look it's Hatsune repeating the same crap over and over:

Wii U is rubbish > Ps3 is better > Can't wait for PS4.

I'm sure if Miku and Mika fused together, it wouldn't be their final form.

Yi-Long1696d ago

... many people now travel the world and pick something up for themselfs or their kids or whatever. Be it games, controllers, consoles, whatever.

Right now, I'm in Hong Kong for a year. After a year I'll be back in Holland. This kinda news just means we certainly won't be picking up a WiiU here, cause it will be useless once we go back.

I usually pick up controllers here in Hong Kong for the 360 and PS3, cause they're very exensive in Holland. If that wouldn't be an option, we'd probably opt for 3rd party controllers instead of 1st party controllers.

This whole region-locking thing is just beyond stupid.

miyamoto1696d ago

Good thing PS3 is not region locked...or elze we wont be enjoying Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation and Unicorn.

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corrus1696d ago

Big and stupid decisions of little stupid n HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA the stupidity of Nintendo not have end first voice chat after that trophies and now this they are very very stupid

Salamander1696d ago

Your comment seems even more stupider.

Welshy1696d ago

Coming next to a Wii U near you: Region locked analog sticks?

Visiting family in the UK flying from the US and want to take you Wii U for a fun night with a few beers?

As of FW2.55, when the Wii U gamepad crosses the atlantic border between US and UK, the sticks will lock out and then release on your return home.

Happy Xmas from Nintendo!

BlackWolf1696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

Well, that sucks. Nintendo should be a little more permissive in this matters. They tend to be too much cautious.

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dazzrazz1697d ago

Whats next ? Region locked cables ? lol 0_o

adorie1696d ago

Well, that is entirely possible, seeing as how cables are becoming more "smart" and may have chips in them at either end.

animegamingnerd1696d ago

well metal gear solid rising demo is region locked so this doesn't surprise me

t0mmyb0y1696d ago

Are you serious a DEMO is locked!!

sloth33951696d ago

power cables are different in other countries

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1696d ago

"In the video game industry, Nintendo was the originator of regional lockout. "

No one does it better than the originator!

rainslacker1696d ago

Region locking was the reason I learned to do modding on systems. Didn't want to pay someone an obscene amount of money just to throw in a switch into my Saturn to play imports. I went on to mod over 200 PS2's about 100 PS1's, and some Saturn's, along with repairing systems from time to time. I later got heavy into pirating games, but came to realize it was wrong and had a change of heart. Take that for what it's worth.

Blank1696d ago

Wow so thats where this trend come from thanks for the info I was always curious damn this region lock stuff and having the gaming populace seperate in regions along with no network integration between all consoles and pc seems so old we have the tech and the next natural huge step in gaming is destroying these border buuut by the way the big 3 replied to this issue which is the same response from sony, MS, and nintendo is simply "no wont happen" a business influenced answer only in a perfect utopia will i be able to play with all my gaming bretheren

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sitharrefus1697d ago

thats just silly, shame on you Nintendo

Qrphe1696d ago

It makes sense, prices may vary greatly from region to region.

SkullBlade1691696d ago (Edited 1696d ago )

No, Nintendo are just shameless money grabbers, similar to how they release two versions of the same damn game at the same time with small changes every generation (Pokemon)

Bereaver1696d ago

People also probably don't realize that there's region locking to protect shortages in supply.

Chrono1e1696d ago

I have no idea why this comment have 14 disagrees, like are people stupid?

Baka-akaB1696d ago

what shortages lol ? the thing is readily available

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showtimefolks1697d ago

that's one thing i love about ps3 that its region free. is wii-u system region free? i believe all systems should be region free so some games that don't end up releasing in the west we can buy and play.

hopefully next xbox and ps will be region free

rainslacker1696d ago

The Wii U is region locked. Not sure about the Xbox. The PS3 leaves it up to the publishers to decide, only one I know for sure about is Persona 4 Arena being locked, but it's a software thing.

Agree with you about region free, even though I know why they do it, it is annoying.

showtimefolks1696d ago

yeah but its bad for some of us who are actually looking to buy games from over seas which won't be released here in the west. I hope ms and sony go for region free systems. most of the games on ps3 have been region free

for someone like me i know its a big buying point

GenericNameHere1696d ago

Only PS3 is region-free, yet a lot of people hate on it? Why not hate on Nintendo and Microsoft for having region-lock?

About P4A, it's the ONLY region-locked game so far in the entire 6 years the PS3 has been out.

rainslacker1696d ago

I understand. I was really big on Japanese games up until the middle of the PS1 era. At that time some really cool anime games never made it over seas. But then the anime boom happened and more games in those genre's started getting localized, so I didn't really have a need to get my fix in that way. Now it's more that I'd only import JRPG's that don't make it stateside, but since I play those for the story, it didn't really make sense to import them anymore.

fermcr1697d ago (Edited 1697d ago )

Another reason not to purchase a WiiU. Wii U GamePads region-locked ... what a joke.

PopRocks3591696d ago

Having to buy a controller from your own region is a reason not to buy the console? That... doesn't make a lick of sense to me. Especially when the console in question only supports one gamepad right now.