A look at the Wii U GamePad’s region-locking in action

I support Nintendo, but ''this'' is something I cannot stand for.

Email, Twitter, Skype... do whatever it takes to bring this to their attention.

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Baka-akaB2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

Simply ridiculous , and whatever excuse involved will mostly result to loss of potential money gain .

MikeMyers2002d ago

Is it possible to download the updates onto the PC? If so then it could be possible to download different region updates and just transfer it from the PC to the gamepad. If not then I'm sure somebody will find a way for a workaround.

I understand why they have regional locks but I don't think in todays times that it's no longer needed. We now live in a world where we are all connected and people are well aware that some things may not be properly translated.

Even now places like iTunes offer regional content with exclusive songs. Why?

darthv722002d ago (Edited 2002d ago )

let me see if i understand this (dont go ripping my head off now). someone has a wii-u and they try to use another gamepad that is from another region? or simply another wii-u?

I know that controllers like the wiimote and 360 and ps3 all have a sync option that lets them work on other systems. I hadnt heard anything about there being a sync option for the gamepad so i 'assumed' there would not be a NEED to have to sync it with any other wii-u than the one it comes with.

THUS preventing any cross talk if you have more than one wii-u in the house. Like having two RC cars that are on the same frequency and you find one controller is controlling both when you dont want it to.

same can be said about tv remotes if you have the same tv in the house or more specifically...the same room (but who would). So in any case, what this means is that FOR RIGHT NOW there is no way to sync another gamepad to the wii-u regardless of region.

That can all change with an update and will likely change if and when there are games/features requiring a 2nd pad.

So in my case, if i had the black one AND white one i would just have to use them on their respected consoles. No taking one to a friends house or trading them out between rooms in the house.

Yeah....I can deal with that.

rainslacker2002d ago

You do have to sync the tablet controller and pro controller to the system before they can be used, even with a new system and controller out of the same box.

Redempteur2003d ago

To think there was people in n4g yesterday that didn't believe in the first reports ..

As i said before i'm not surprised ..nintendo pretty stupid when it comes to hardware.

We're however reaching incredible levels of stupidity..
It's not a hardware problem in the first step of the video you can see that everything works and communication between the gamepad and the console works ... it's another stupid lock to prevent imports.

browngamer412003d ago

I guess I'm not understanding..why would you use a foreign Gamepad with your system again? The controllers are tied to the system anyway, so what's the big deal?

Redempteur2003d ago

he got 2 consoles ( because there is already a region lock for games )

Now for whatever reason ( because he wants it , because the first gamepad battery is low , and so on ) he wants to play on one console with the other gamepad .. he can't because there is ANOTHER region lock for hardware !

Man what is it so hard to understand ?

browngamer412003d ago

O.k. so a guy comes up with the most b.s. and complicated scenario to use the gamepad and bashes ya. Like I said I don't understand and you getting angry about shows me nothing..gfy

Gohadouken2003d ago (Edited 2002d ago )

That kind of reaction makes me wonder what's gamers actual breaking point and pain threshold .

Someone tell you they just wanted to use another pad they own and your reaction is bewilderment and "whatever why not just use the pad tied to the console and deal with it" ?

At some point every tiny locks and forbidden stuff chipping away at your tiny already freedom is going to add up and make a big total sum ... you know ... but whatever ...

"He is obviously making up some complicated scenario not just trying to use stuff he bought freely " -_-

Who knows ? Maybe in his made up fairy tale , if and when at some point his forein tab breaks , you'll be there to help him import and wait for a new one .

The crux of the matter is that you guys dont care because you wouldnt import anyway , why not just say that then ?

PopRocks3592002d ago


Mine is typically when something breaks over and over or renders my games unplayable. I've gone through multiple 360s and by the time my third one (a black slim no less) started giving me technical issues, I just said "f*ck it."

I personally don't see why anyone would go to the trouble of importing a Wii U myself since there are no games exclusive to Japan right now. In fact there are no games that support two gamepads right now either, so complaining about this as of right now doesn't make much sense to me.

It's not like I don't acknowledge that region locking is a fairly annoying limitation. But when people complain about it, I feel like there should be a good reason for it. For example: I can't play 'so-and-so' games (ex: Pandora's Tower, Hatsune Miku, early VC game releases, etc.) This doesn't really seem to apply to Wii U now IMO.

Redempteur2002d ago

he doesn't want to use 2 gamepad at once , he wants to use one gamepad for his Console , not 2 , just once at a time ..there is no reason to prevent gamepad usage , like there is no reason to do so with regular controllers.

As for your statement , why import , people import because they have to , or they can or both if you know you're gonna import and teh console is region locked, of course you're gonna get that region console too .. e're not here to discuss whenever "import" of console or accessories is relevant that's another debate entirely .

here the fact is there : there is a lock in place , when it shouldn't be..

Gohadouken2002d ago (Edited 2002d ago )

"when people complain about it, I feel like there should be a good reason for it. For example: I can't play 'so-and-so' games (ex: Pandora's Tower, Hatsune Miku, early VC game releases, etc.) This doesn't really seem to apply to Wii U now IMO. "

Let's be serious , only NOW . There have always been good games to import when a lock is involved .

The lock is there right now , i don't see why i should have to wait to complain about it .

Besides at 135 dollars any new game right now on my local market , you can be certain i'd be importing even current games from the us or elsewhere for the sake of my wallet .

They wanna believe that i'd be motivated enough to go through the pain , purchase said game at local prices , instead of just waiting for a hack and saying screw it , well they are dead wrong .

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MasterCornholio2003d ago (Edited 2003d ago )

At first I thought it was a region lock for games but dang its for the gamepad. I honestly don't understand why Nintendo would put a region lock on the controller. As far as I know no other controller on the market has a region lock.


And why do you agree with Nintendo decision to do this when no other manufacturer on the market does this? I guess that according to you Nintendo is a special exception to this which is something that I don't understand because anyone who does this deserves to be criticized.

What next, imported 3DSs not working with the Wii U?

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