Submitted by Lavalamp 875d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo's Region-Locking Excuses Are Pretty Weak

Kotaku: "In an interview with IGN, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was asked about the company's insistence on region-locking its current hardware. His responses would be funny if they weren't so tragic." (3DS, Nintendo, Wii U)

TripC50  +   875d ago
Alright I'm lame because I don't know exactly what region locking is and why people hate it. Can someone explain it to me? Preferably in the funniest way possible.
Canary  +   875d ago
Lame is the wrong word.

"Ignorant" conveys the proper meaning, though perhaps "shamelessly lazy" might be a better fit.

Ha. Ha. Ha.
TripC50  +   875d ago
thanks man
gamer42  +   875d ago
Trip C50 had reasonable question and didn't want to go look it up, why act so douchey about it?
P.S Your comment wasn't very funny either.
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LOL_WUT  +   875d ago
Nintendo needs to get with the times.
Both Sony and Microsofts upcoming consoles are region lock free! Now with the Wii U being the only one makes the company look bad. This just goes to show how Nintendo so out of touch with what their consumers want ;)
Canary  +   875d ago
Gee, maybe that's because my comment wasn't a joke.

If you're too goddamn lazy to type two words into google, you're clearly too stupid to live.
gamer42  +   875d ago
Let's say you (let's also say you live in the North America) see a game you really wanted coming out exclusively for another region(Let's say Europe). If it was on a region free system (i.e PS4, Xbox One, Vita) you could easily import it and play it on your system. But if it was for only the 3DS and/or Wii U, you can't import and play it, since the Wii U and 3DS are region locked and can't play a game from a different region. I know this isn't funny, but I couldn't think of anything.
TripC50  +   875d ago
What types of games differ from a region like Europe from a region like USA? Is there a big enough discrepancy from region to region for an uproar? Or is it just gamers in one region wanting one specific game or franchise that is only for another region?
gamer42  +   875d ago

"Or is it just gamers in one region wanting one specific game or franchise that is only for another region?"

That's basically what the major problem is.
ShaunCameron  +   875d ago
A major problem for what is a fraction of the overall userbase that might have some use for region-freedom. The truth is a vast majority don't. And that's the crowd Nintendo caters to. The vast majority.

<That's basically what the major problem is.>
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Hicken  +   875d ago
A major problem for a minority? Perhaps.

But a minor fix for Nintendo, with little to no downside.
Lavalamp  +   875d ago
Not to mention there are other situations gamers might find themselves in which makes region-locking an issue. Traveling abroad with your gaming device means it might not be able to play games in the region you're visiting. This issue is compounded, depending on the length of your stay. This is why men and women of the armed forces expressed their concerns over the Xbox One's proposed region-locking, as many of them take their gaming devices across international borders, making it one of their few sources for entertainment.
TripC50  +   875d ago
and thanks for replying
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ShaunCameron  +   875d ago
But in the end it's still Nintendo's platform. They can do whatever they want.

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