Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has addressed the topic of region-locking for NX as well as the company's current systems.
Good to see they are listening. I would've imported a lot of wii u games by now were it not for the region lock.
like wut? Dragon Quest X Only thing noteworthy. Fatal Frame V and Xenoblade Chronicles X coming. If 3DS I can understand that. Wii U in Japan is ignored :( by third parties.
Oh man. I really hope it will be region free!
Region locking is one of my main reasons why I didnt buy a Wii U yet. I dont import games from other regions but I might move to another region soon. I did buy a 2DS but I got it dirt cheap and I'll be buying another one once I'm in the states. I really hope their next platform is region free.
Me too. I wont get a Wii u unless Nintendo make it region free or somebody crack the code.
What steps? Nintendo, I swear...
Step 1. Don't region lock it.
from the article, "Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic." why isn't it very realistic and what issues? we live in a world no longer bounded by regions because we have access now to information worldwide with the web. more importantly it is very easy to ship content around the world now very easily and cheap in many cases. nintendo is so afraid of change it seems and are old school.
I think it might be (and I think this was the implication) that the wii u's region locking is hardware based. Which would make sense as as far as I know the region locking hasn't been cracked yet. Also the "steps they have to take" to make the nx region free would assumedly be internal infrastructure ones, not to do with any actual difficulties.
Price. That's the primary concern with region locking.
isn't the ps4 region free? if so then how is sony able to do this? also could you not upgrade the hardware via firmware update to make it region free?
@MoldyBread All of Sony's consoles and portables since the PS3 have been region free, in fact I think the PSP may have been region free too but I can't remember at the moment. I've imported at least 1 game for each of my Playstations due to this (that, and for aiding my Japanese studies) :)
If Iwata talks about some problems while other competitors have no problem with it - it means that they will leave everything the way it is. Nintendo doesn't want to change
Region Locking should not exist on games that are only available in specific regions. If someone wants to buy a "Japan-only" they should be able to buy one outside of Japan. I understand the reason for region locking, so publishers can set prices and control stock of games per region. But when there are games people can't play because they would have to buy the same console again is when it gets ridiculous. Most of the time region-locking prevents games from selling as much as they could because people simply can't get them. In the case of region-specific games it only hurts sales. I would thinks sales would matter to a company.
I don't understand why a system would get locked anyway more sells would just be better for the devs
Why does it sound like it's not completely up to them? weird.
uh because they have licensing partners basically third parties publishers
But Sony has those things too... o_O
So when is the Wii U coming out?!
Region free systems became more standard starting with PSP then PS3 in the 7th gen. Futute platforms have no reason to revert back to an archaic practice
Well one would assume that you not put a region lock on the systems/games, as was the case with the handhelds released pre-3DS. Though that's just my opinion.
Speaking for myself personally, it doesn't really bug me so much about retail games being locked as they've been pretty good with localizations this gen. What irritates the living daylights out of me is not having access to dat sweet sweet Japanese virtual console. They actually get Squaresoft games over there for one...I'm serious. The service over here has been sub-par to put it lightly.
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