Kotaku - If 2012 was the year of Kickstarter, 2013 is the year of the fan petition. Following in the footsteps of the successful #PS4NoDRM campaign, a number of passionate Nintendo fans are setting out to get the Wii U and 3DS region-free.
good,cause they should be region free,even microsft is making xboxone region free,yet nintendo still refuses too,i wonder why they do that.
Xbox doesn't even come close to having the games nintendo have over sea's ie in japan the xbox sells next to zero ??
um yeah i know that but,i wasnt talking about that,i was talking about how even microsoft was smart enough to make the xbox one region free now yet nintendo still has not made 3ds,or wii u region free.
With even Xbox One going region free, I do agree with fans that this is another old policy Nintendo should let go of. Hope it gets Nintendo's attention.
Even if you could play games that aren't available in your country, they wouldn't be translated.
Well with some it's all about the gameplay. I used to think the same thing until someone let me play a PSP Vocaloid game he imported. It was really fun but it bummed me out that almost no one else could play it. Sure, no english text is kind of crappy, but the game is still fun. I think that's the point here. Restricting users based on regions is unnecessary. @kirbyu below Definitely. That's why I always make sure to support the games I want localized. Tales games? I've got every one. The Wii RPGs? Bought them day one. And so on. We need to show that these games have a place in the western market. Only then will smaller Japanese developers and publishers take localization more seriously.
Yeah but if the game you're importing is an RPG or a game where the text is necessary, you're gonna have a bad time.
I would import games mostly from NA since I'm European. However there's no need to import right now since EU seem to get everything NA gets. That was not the case for many NDS games.
You do realise that people in europe speak the same languages that they do in america right. And that there are plenty of games that come out in the NA ages before they do in the Europe. Also it would have meant that US gamers wouldn't have had to have waited for a year to play Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandoras Tower. Then again hacking the wii and wii portion of the WiiU to be region free is incredibly easy.
I was talking about Japanese games.
i just bought a wii u and i haven't opened it yet! is it region locked? i only owned three consoles in my time, psone, ps2 and xbox and i skipped the xbox 360 and ps3 decided to jump on board the wii u.
WiiU is mint i'm on the blazing fast browser now love it,oh i have blackops2 in the background so once ive checked a few things i just hit the home button and close menu bam straight bk into the online lobby yes u can suspend games whilst online to check things absolutely love this console,also what other console has a community right on your main menu that u can friend request anyone just like facebook...
They should be region free. In this day and age it seems insane for them not to be.
I really hope they listen. Region locking consoles is a nono.
It would be great if the summer update fixed the region lock problem as I can't really imagine what else the big update would be for aside from more VC system choices.
Dan Amrich, Acitivision’s community manager, has taken to Youtube to explain why he thinks region locking is acceptable. Nintendo platforms are no stranger to the practise of region locking, with both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U unable to play games from other territories. Here’s what Amrich had to say about the controversial practise used by Nintendo and Microsoft. “Short version: no, it’s not enforcing piracy. I don’t think you’re going to ever find any major publisher trying to encourage people to rip them off.” “You can’t infringe on that Japanese company’s rights or that American company’s rights by releasing the game in the opposite territory if you don’t have the legal right to do it. Region locking sort of helps police who has the rights to make what money in what territory.”
Nintendo is so paranoid about piracy. its inevitable, people are hacking the wii u now.
In all fairness a lot of devs are. Not defending Nintendo's stance on region locking here, but look at the alternative. *cough DRM *cough.
its just they're REALLY paranoid. it really held them back when they chose those weird formats for the gamecube and n64
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