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Submitted by JoeFixit 421d ago | article

Thirteen Wii U and 3DS Developers Discuss Nintendo’s Region Locking Policies

Emily Rogers asks various developers how they feel about the current debate over region locking on Nintendo platforms (Industry, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Wii U)

BlackWolf  +   421d ago
Good to see so many great devs resonating with the general thought on region locking. Hope Nintendo listens to the very blood that is and aims to nourish the Wii U and 3ds libraries, and remove the region-locking completely.
Brucis  +   421d ago
>Earlier this month, I also had a friendly discussion with two highly respected Kotaku writers/editors, Stephen Totilo and Jason Schreier.

They are NOT highly respected. Those two, in fact, are some of the most frequently mocked Kotaku guys. Then there's the implication that Kotaku is respected. Otherwise it was a pretty good article.
Einhert  +   421d ago
Region locking is just a really silly practice that alienates people who actually want to buy foreign products
admiralvic  +   421d ago
Think that is silly? I always laugh at how Japanese games (or every PlayStation one I have) says "For Japan Only" in English. It's like someone decided they should go out of their way to make sure I, the American, knows that I should not have this product.
admiralvic  +   421d ago
I would love to see Nintendo remove this, but I just can't see it happening. Not because Nintendo doesn't care or anything, but because of their dated practices. You see Nintendo using regionalized OS's (unlike Sony, which is universal) and they start to run into problems if you update a NTSC/U Wii with a NTSC/J update. Maybe they can fix this down the road, but I am still waiting for them to finally make the account system less of a joke.
ZeekQuattro  +   421d ago
Iwata thinks otherwise. Its not like 3rd parties are avoiding the system because it region locked. Theres no reason to reverse it ands it not worth squadering money and man hours to free it up for the select few that actually import. People will continue to say Nintendo is doomed and dated regardless in the end.
admiralvic  +   421d ago
Region Coding is actually fairly simple when compared to other fixes. All they need to do is set the firmware so it will accept NTSC/J and PAL codes. That's literally it (though regional OS's might cause problems) and coincidentally enough how modchips / piracy hacks typically work (They simply trick the system into thinking it has an accepted code and the drive in turn reads it).
Gigaguy777  +   421d ago
Funny how people always forget the benefits of region-locking.
HexxedAvenger  +   421d ago
Nothing against you dude, but what are some of the benefits?
admiralvic  +   421d ago
I wouldn't call it a benefit, but it has to do with Publisher agreements. Like if Atlus owns the license to publish Demon Souls in the US, then buying an Asian or Japanese copy would result in them losing a sale in their market and give Sony a sale in theirs. This also works for "hot ticket" import items like anime games, which result in a lot of hardcore fans importing the thing before we find out when or if a company is going to bother publishing it and the ability to do so makes their overall market smaller.

For instance a lot of people like Hatsune Miku, so they in turn buy her games. Since the US market is already small for Miku, losing these sales to Japanese / Asian copies makes the concept a lot less appealing. The final reason is to avoid people importing regional copies at a discount. This might sound stupid, but Amazon.co.jp lists Dragon's Crown for 8,190 yen for either console. That price has been slashed for the more favorable 6,699 yen, though this is STILL a price of $67 dollars for a Vita or PS3 (yes they both cost the same...) copy of Dragon's Crown. Even with $20 dollars for shipping, the Vita version will still save you $7 dollars, so you can start to see the thought process. This isn't commonly exploited because of people not seeing the point, but if someone told me I could get a copy of ___ game I wanted for less by importing it, then I might consider it. Obviously it's not an absolute (Sega is publishing Miku F in the West), but that was the thought process behind it. Well that and to limit piracy to a degree.

With all this being said, none of these things benefit the consumer, so I don't see Gigaguy777's point. It's nothing more than the "perfect" DRM (Many people are probably unaware it even exists.) and adds nothing positive or negative by adding or removing it (see GB - DS, PSP / PSV / PS3).
bjmartynhak  +   421d ago
You mean when someone move for good to another country and need to buy a second console to be able to play new games? And need keep the old console to be able to play your old games?

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