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Submitted by Gekko 439d ago | news

Nintendo Region Lock Petition Gains Momentum

CVG: ''A fan petition asking Nintendo to make the Wii U, 3DS and Wii region-free has gathered over 12,000 signatures.'' (3DS, Wii, Wii U)

CaptainSheep  +   439d ago
Would love this to happen. The region lock is the only reason I haven't picked up a 3DS.
wont happen since they invented it lol.
"In the video game industry, Nintendo was the originator of regional lockout. Regional lockout in video games is when a piece of hardware is designed such that only software for that region is compatible. Most commercially-released console video games have region encoding."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wi...

Region Locking is their baby..
Donnieboi  +   438d ago
So what if they created it? They can still change it.

For example, Sony was the first to use DRM on cd's, as well as the first of the big 3 game console makers to patent anti-used games technology (not that long ago) and yet look at Sony now--totally anti-DRM & pro used games, and they made a statement saying they don't see it ever becoming the future.

So just because Nintendo made region locking (assuming that's even true) doesn't mean they won't reverse it. Them inventing it =/= an insistent stubbornness to always use it.

I hate when people draw conclusions as if they are making logical sense. Nintendo can do whatever the hell they feel like. Especially if removing region lock means that it will make the consoles more enticing to potential customers (especially those of us in the West who prefer Japanese games over the lame overabundance of FPS and sports games flooding America).
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rainslacker  +   438d ago
Think they should just leave it up to the publishers like Sony did with the PS3. Only one game to my knowledge ever used it, and it got some backlash over it.

The whole idea was antiquated when it was invented, and I'd consider it obsolete nowadays. There are always ways to get around it today, and for the most part those methods all allow piracy as well.

For the most part region locking only affects people who import games because they aren't available(many Japanese games for instance), or countries where game prices are ridiculously high, and it's cheaper to just import them(Australia from what I understand).
morpha  +   437d ago
Despite the region lock, I believe you are missing out on a good experience. It must be awfully important to you.
Donnieboi  +   439d ago
Just give the people what they want!
jon1234  +   439d ago
like nintendo would even care...
SonyNGP  +   438d ago
If consumers are loud enough, they will. Remember Operation Rainfall? Or what about Earthbound?
Consumers have been screaming for big nintendo games and they will come 2 years later from 2012 to 2014. lol
dark-hollow  +   438d ago
@shutupandtakemymoney

Do you think the amount of time and money of delivering the games that will release later is the same of removing the region lock?

No amount of whining gonna make those games release earlier.
bjmartynhak  +   439d ago
If they do I'll buy in the next day! It sucks when living temporarily abroad.

The DLC and online passes from PSN could also be region free.
grimmweisse  +   439d ago
That's the only reason why I also haven't picked up a 3DS. Region free, immediate buy!
kagon01  +   439d ago
Iwata: "Please understand"

http://www.vg247.com/2013/0...

PR BS at its finest...
Viper7  +   438d ago
Yeah, especially part about restrictions. He completely goes around the fact that when importing it's up to the consumers to make sure that the product doesn't violate any laws.

Not to mention the fact that Regions are flawed to begin with. E.g Europe is cluster of countries with completely different restrictions, why should country b have to deal with country a's problems?
Deadpool616  +   439d ago
Having my Nintendo Wii modded was definitely an enhancement. I've been playing import Wii/Gamecube games for a while now and it was well worth it.
MEsoJD  +   438d ago
They need to make a petition to change the downloable game policy over this. It's such a rip that downloable games are tied to system instead of account.
Redempteur  +   438d ago
i would love to see it happen , but nintendo is the most dumb console maker when it comes to such issues.
kingPoS  +   438d ago
Doesn't Nintendo realize that customers with region locked consoles miss out. When localization falls short, customers have no choice but to rely on a publisher.

Importing is usually the only way to obtain foreign titles when it isn't localized. When a whole system is region locked, those same customers are forced to look elsewhere.

*cough* South Korea *cough*
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Heyho231  +   433d ago
Oh my god go to freewiipointsforever.com it is sooooo cool
Heyho231  +   433d ago
Just dance 2014 on wiiiiii can't wait

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