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Nintendo says it will not end region-locking for very specific reasons

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten plenty of tweets and emails from Nintendo fans asking us to post about the current petition to have Nintendo remove region-locking from both the Wii U and the 3DS. As of the time of writing, the petition needs under 1,000 signatures, but that won’t matter as Nintendo has finally issued a statement on region-locking and why it will stay in place.

“Nintendo has no plans to remove region locking from our systems. By taking this approach, Nintendo is able to include parental controls and ensure compliance with regional standards and rating systems.”

This will understandably upset some of you who have been campaigning for this since Microsoft did a 180 on its own DRM policies, announcing that the Xbox One will no longer be region locked and will not require a 24 hour check-in or restrict used games. Nintendo fans took to Miiverse to express their support for region-free gaming, hoping Nintendo would answer.

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  • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

    They have their reasons, and they seem legit to me. I never understood why it was a huge deal in the first place…

    • Silent

      Exactly. Again, some people are just impatient.

      • D.M.T

        It has nothing to do with impatience. I should be able to play all types of Wii U games on my Wii U

        • Silent

          Why cant you wait for the games to come in your region? I dont want to tell you what you do but when I try to wait for games, I usually do something else to ease the wait.

          • D.M.T

            It’s not about waiting, it’s about Nintendo forcing me to sell my European Wii U because I’m moving to The Caribbean soon get it? They are forcing me to buy an American Wii U when I get there

          • Silent

            You have a really good point. I wish you could send it to customer service and give you a new one for the proper region, for free.

          • Wayne Beck

            They would. They would have him mail them his Wii U and they would send him an American one with all his content moved over.

          • Billy_Perry

            Well often they never do, or they do but not for so long that I lose interest in them.

          • Adrian

            Or they come and don’t have all of the content of the original game. Or a different version is released later on for a different region that has more content than the version in your region.

    • D.M.T

      Some people want to move to other regions like me that’s why it’s a big deal. I shouldn’t have to sell my European Wii U before I move to The Caribbean.

      • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

        I understand that sucks, but they can’t disable features like parental controls to account for such a small amount of people that it will actually affect…

        • Adrian

          Yeah, except the parental controls argument is Bull, and is easily implementable without region locking.

        • Billy_Perry

          PlayStation and Xbox have parental controls and region free.

          • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

            well that’s cool. Read Nintendo’s quote. its because of how they did controls and whatnot that they cant

  • Silent

    Am I the only person that doesnt mind region locking? No Fanboy. Just wait for the games, guys!

    Off Topic: New Character for Smash Bros confirmed!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.moberly Benjamin Moberly

      I just don’t really care.

      • TobyObey

        Well I do! Who is it???

        • lonewolf88

          its reggie.

          • TobyObey

            And where can I find the offical conformation on this?

          • Adrian

            It’s called a joke.

          • TobyObey

            Well, I’ve never been good with those, I’m just so hoplessly exited for Smash Bros, that I would belive anything! ^_^

          • Adrian

            Hah, I’m not good with Jokes either. It’s especially hard to tell online. BTW if you watch anime you are cool.

          • Tim van Broekhoven

            I usually don’t like anime, but one piece is cool :-D

          • TobyObey

            Well, count me in as cool! I watch anime! (Or is this another joke???)

          • Adrian

            No, that was not a joke. Anime is awesome.

          • TobyObey

            Exellent, and yes anime is pretty awesome.

        • PrinceBalad

          ~~~thejoke~~~

          ( o l o )
          I I/
          ^ your head

        • Lethal_Doze

          “is able to (…) ensure compliance with regional standards and rating systems”

          WHAT? so it doesnt apply to Sony and MS?

    • Magnus Eriksson

      You are not a fanboy? You are maybe the biggest fanboy in this place.

      • Laud

        I don’t understand… Is there a problem with being a fan? He doesn’t mind region locking and while I’d rather have no region locking it really doesn’t make any difference to me because it isn’t affecting me.

        They said they were definitely going to localize the big Japanese games so we’ll see what happens.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Laud, being a fan is ok. :)

        • DWraySweZ

          do u import games on a regular basis or spend extended periods of time abroad? just wondering how much it really affects u?

        • Adrian

          Being a fan is fine. It’s worship, especially blind worship, that is not ok…..ever. Not saying that anybody is worshipping Nintendo blindly.

      • Silent

        Sure, Grandma.

    • Kriskura

      This isn’t just a question about “being impatient”, there’s lot more reasons: games which are not edited, not available in differents regions which multilangual-people could have the choice to export and play, enjoy these games, but can’t because of region-locking. Or for the ones which moves to a different region (Europe to America for exemple) to not have to justly not always export games from their ancient countries/sell their ancient Wii u to take a new one from their new regions.
      As other persons said: “Rate games per region, that’s fine. But don’t dictate which games the
      console can play based on the region it was purchased in. It’s a great way to screw over immigrants and multilingual people as well.” or “So they can discriminate against the poor in nations they consider
      wealthy. By charging one region way more than other regions.”.

      • Beat

        Can I have an example of them charging more? So far the only difference between regions I can tell is that some regions just don’t get certain games, or get them really late.

        • Kriskura

          That’s what I meant with “such as games which are not edited in differents regions and multilangual-people could have the choice to export and play”, sorry if I didn’t formulate it well, I edited to make it clearer ^^”

        • Agent721

          Australia….my sister & her boyfriend live in Sydney & they buy all their PS3 games in the US, as they are routinely 75% less than in OZ. Its a GIGANTIC price difference.

          • DragonSilths

            That’s not Nintendos decision…Austrailians make more money their dollar is higher so the money actually balances out.

          • Agent721

            According to the people who live their, it does not. They make more money, but not that much more. But everything in general is expensive in Australia, thats for sure.

        • Andreas Sunde

          Games in general are more expensive in richer countries, it’s not just Nintendo. For example, in Norway, new games cost the equivalent of 110$.

          • Agent721

            Ouch!! The US market is the biggest for videogame consoles, and as such it fosters deep competition & lower prices. If you wait a few month, 2 or 3, you can find almost any game at half price. The US’s low minimum wage & compartively low sales tax also contribute. Ive lived both in Europe & the US, and its amazing how much more you get in the US for much less money on basically everything.

          • Ford Crews

            Free market works, sadly we are running away from it as quickly as possible, our children will grow up with a standard of living much lower than the one we enjoyed. ;-(

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/purepuchi Severus Swerve

          PS4 & Xbox One games in USA = $60
          PS4 & Xbox One games in UK = £55
          That’s about $80. Thanks to no region lock on them it’s cheaper to import.

      • LonDonE247

        EXACTLY, guess i will have to wait for a soft modd to come out lol

    • gamesplayswill

      His final smash is when he is on a wii fit board with this in the backround:

      • Silent

        Or Him playing the sitar like donkey kong with the kongas

    • Wayne Beck

      Region Locking is a Pretty Ridiculous thing to get upset about. Some people get games before others. So what.

      • Josh Gilbert

        It’s not just games. Consoles cost more for other regions like Canada…I know that’s a bad example because both are NTSC, but its just an example of unfair cost. Couple that with the awesome selection of systems Japan has compared to us…3dS xl comes to mind, with actual colors that I would buy…like solid white and black and special editions that never make their way here. The color selection is what has stopped me from getting a 3ds xl so far..don’t wanna buy a system that cosmetically I don’t like, to have one released down the road…if there weren’t region locks, I have my system and Nintendo could have my money ALREADY.

        • Adrian

          OMG, the freakin Japanese NI NO KUNI Gold PS3. I would buy that TODAY if it was region free.

          • LonDonE247

            PS3 IS REGION FREE!!!!! and so are most of its games! its some region specific dlc you will have problems with, other then that, GO FOR IT!!!!

          • Adrian

            Dude, are you serious? I thought I read that if I bought the Japanese PS3 I would be stuck playing Japanese games??

          • Adrian

            I just looked it up and you might be right. PS3 games may be region free. But it looks like Blu rays are NOT, so that means if I bought the Japanese PS3 I couldn’t use it as a BR players, which would be one of its main uses :(.

        • DWraySweZ

          except canadian games are north american games and therefore north american region.

          • Josh Gilbert

            Correct, which if you read my comment you will see that was used as an example of price difference but I acknowledged that both are NTSC, as stated in my post.

        • DragonSilths

          My Canadian Wii U cost the same as one from the states…in fact it was slightly cheaper. Since my Tax here in Alberta is only $0.05 per dollar.

    • Christopher Acuna

      I don’t mind it either. I never played foreign games and I don’t mean to start. Also, I never mod’d any system I have ever owned, unless you count using the old school Gameshark for good ole infinite ammo/health cheats lol.

    • BigRedBro

      If we ever get the (specific) game!!

    • Infernofire

      I mostly don’t mind region locking either.
      I live in Europe and the only non-european game I ever bought was Pokemon Pearl, but there were a few instances were I did find it troublesome.

      For example, in the European version of Virtue’s Last Reward (3DS) the english voice overs were not available in contrast to the US version. Instead we were stuck with only the Japanes voices, while US had both.
      I was really, really dissapointed by this, since the voice overs in the US version were incredibly good…

      • Arthur Jarret

        A few examples of games I enjoyed because a system wasn’t region locked include:

        Shantae (GBC)

        Chibi Robo: Park Patrol (DS)

        Radiant Historia (DS)

        Shin megami tensei: Strange journey (DS)

        999 (DS)

        English-spoken versions of Prof. Layton (the dutch voice-overs suck and those are the only ones available in stores here… I import from the UK which is the same region… but still – they should’ve made Dutch voiceovers optional)

        If similar titles don’t make it to the EU on the region-locked 3DS, I will mind region locking.

        It all depends on how they handle localization. If many great games don’t make it on the PAL-side of life like happened on wii, gamecube, n64, snes and nes – it’ll be yoho, yoho, the pirate’s life for me.

        Well, homebrew life – I don’t like being a pirate (a pirate can’t use the 3D function of the 3DS.)

    • DragonSilths

      Man I get so much hate cause I actually support Region Locking lol. You get 65 thumbs up for not minding it lol.

      • Adrian

        He got 65 thumbs up for his Smash Bros joke that he stole.

    • Norfair20X5

      I don’t mind either and I want Reggie in Smash Bros.

  • Ford Crews

    So they can discriminate against the poor in nations they consider wealthy. By charging one region way more than other regions.

    • Antonio Jose de Sousa

      Exactly.

    • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

      That’s not their decision, that happens with any product in any country.

      • Ford Crews

        That is their decision, it’s why they region lock the stuff, so they can manipulate unfairly market conditions. Other industries tried this kind of thing with other products, and consumer protection laws stopped them, sadly the movie/music/entertainment industry, had the money and power to buy congress and kept similar laws out of their industry, hell they even paid them so well they passed the completely un-consumer friendly DMCA that takes just about every conceivable consumer protection from anything with software in it.

  • Billy_Perry

    I don’t understand how Playstation and Xbox are able to comply with regional standards and rating systems, whilst having region free. Surely their is a way for Nintendo to do it if they really wanted to, they seem to just be being lazy.

    • Silent

      Im curious: Does Playstation have their games traslated to other languages other than english and spanish?

      • Billy_Perry

        Don’t know. Although English and Spanish would make sense as those are some of the highest spoken languages in the world, and in their chosen markets. Its a lot better than what Nintendo do, where they only release certain games in certain areas, limiting revenue.

        I don’t own a playstation on xbox, so I don’t actually know how the region locking works in their platforms. But it seems that if they can do it, surely Nintendo can too?

      • Adrian

        Uhm, Sony is a Japanese company?

        • Silent

          Please read my comment again. You cant translate English to english.

          • Adrian

            Why are you ignoring the fact that Japanese is a language?

          • Silent

            Why don’t you realize that once you make a game in japanese, you don’t need to translate it to japanese again. Same works with english to english. Not possible.

            Since Sony is a Japanese company, they release their games in japanese, then translate into other languages.

          • Adrian

            I see, sorry your vague and ambiguous sentence had me thinking that you thought Playstation games were only available in English and Spanish.

          • WhackaBump

            That’s funny as he said “translated” which implies that he meant that the source language was something other than English and Spanish. He was just wondering why English and Spanish seem to be the only languages that are translated from the PlayStation’s Japanese text and dialogue. As you can see, his comment wasn’t vague at all if I could get all of this information from his one small sentence.

          • Adrian

            Well I guess that makes you smart than me, doesn’t it? Congratulations.

      • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

        PlayStation follows the FIGS standard for entry into the European market.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIGS

  • Michael Jurado

    Watch everyone else get hacked while the wii u doesn’t xD go Nintendo go

  • Møhåmmęd Jårmøn

    What’s does region locking even do? Just allow online play with people from your country/region?

    • Adrian

      I’m pretty sure it means if you buy a game in the UK, it will not play on a console purchased in the U.S.. Each region’s games can only be played on that region’s console version.

    • Ford Crews

      Only games from your region will pay, it allows price fixing.

  • D.M.T

    I live in Europe right now and I’m planning to move to The Caribbean this year. Are you telling me that I have to sell my European Wii U and buy an American Wii U when I’m in The Caribbean? That’s retarded Nintendo!!!

    • Joe Fraley

      I’m kind of confused by the details about region-locking, but I think that you will still be able to purchase games on the EU digital marketplace from an outside region. You’ll also, of course, be able to purchase EU physical copies online and have them shipped to you, or have them sent by friends or family from home. I guess it just depends whether the cost of a new system and perhaps the loss of whatever games and files you now have is greater than the cost of shipping games internationally.

      • D.M.T

        I don’t want digital copies of games, I want physical copies and I would have to wait a long time if i purchase EU retail games online. I wanna be able to go to a store in The Caribbean and buy the game I want.

        • Christopher Acuna

          Then order them online via a European retailer.

        • Joe Fraley

          I’m not saying that it’s ideal. I’m just saying that it’s not true that in order to play Nintendo games in a new country you HAVE to get a new device local to your new region. There are some reasonable alternatives available. Your real point is that if you want to buy physical copies of games in a local store near you, and you refuse the alternatives, then you will have to get a new device local to that region. Whether or not it’s fair of you to demand them revising their business model on those grounds, it is clearly much weaker than the claim that there is no way at all for you to keep using your current device.

  • Super Buu

    Let’s be honest here, no matter how hard you try to implement parental control, it WOULDN’T WORK. That’s the sad reality. You can TRY to stop people from hacking but truth is that they continue to do so. Want to avoid things like Operation Rainfall which gave Nintendo a very bad image? Make your games Region Free. And how is this supposed to stop hacking? Pardon my ignorance but last I checked, people hacked their Wiis to get the Homebrew Channel to get to play games that didn’t come to their respective region. Oh and rom hacks as well. People should stop thinking everything Nintendo does is smart. Region lock means you WILL have to buy two systems (One of which comes from the region where the game you want to play is available) so you can play the game you want to play. Region Lock NEEDS to go away and fast.

  • Adrian

    Region locking is a bunch of bull. I didn’t even know it existed until the past few years when I’ve wanted to buy the “International” versions of games (such as FFX) which is ALWAYS better than the U.S. version.. I understand the global audience and differences between regions. But let that be the consumers choice. Rate games per region, that’s fine. But don’t dictate which games the console can play based on the region it was purchased in.
    It’s a great way to screw over immigrants and multilingual people as well.
    Screw Region locking

    • Super Buu

      Right on, bro.

  • Haris Devine Ghozlani

    Am I the only one in the entire gaming community who doesn’t care about the fact that a console isn’t region-free ?

    • Adrian

      Probably.

      • Silent

        He’s not, actually.

        • Adrian

          OK, there is two of you. Hallelujah.

          • Isaque Nilton

            I don’t care about region locking too, because all of the games I want to play have versions for America.

          • Adrian

            That’s cool. But region locking still sucks.

          • Mochlum

            Make that three.

          • sdmac200600

            I don’t care either….

          • Adrian

            I don’t especially care either honestly. But I acknowledge that region locking is unnecessary, not optimal, and the “excuses” given by Nintendo are bull and not the real reason they do it.

    • Silent

      No

    • Steve

      No! I really don’t give a crap either.

  • Adrian

    Here is a thought, Nintendo if you want to continue to be greedy about this, why not make some money off it? Sell Region Keys, to unlock regions on certain consoles. I’d bet people will buy a $10-$50 key to unlock a region. THAT’S how much people hate region locking.

    • Laud

      That’s dumb, that’d go against the reasons they’ve stated not 1 day ago.

      Did you already forget?

      • Adrian

        Their reasons do not hold water. They are word fluff to cover up the actual motivator: greed.

        • Laud

          But their reasons do hold water.

          “…Nintendo is able to include parental controls and ensure compliance with regional standards and rating systems.”

          That sounds like a pretty valid reason to me.

          • Adrian

            Hah, no, it isn’t because implementing parental controls can be done without locking out regions, and region locking doesn’t actually benefit that effort much anyways.

          • Adrian

            And there is a difference between locking out the region and selling other region’s games locally. I’m not saying they should have every region version at your local gamestop. I’m saying you should be able to order a european game online, and play it on your U.S. console.

          • Adrian

            Because right now the alternative is purchasing a separate system to be able to do that. So parental controls only apply to those too poor to buy an extra system?

  • incoherent1

    I understand why some feel strongly that games should be region free, but personally I don’t care. I see some good reasons for keeping it there (ensuring a localized experience for one — so you don’t have grey market games being sold in countries where there is no appropriate language option for that population… as a photographer, cameras and other electronics have this problem). Plus, region locking affects such a small percentage of actual users…

    But you could argue that the benefits outweigh the downsides, so I’m not trying to start a flame war. Just my $0.02.

    • Adrian

      Localization actually is a new term to me now (learned it within the past year or two). And I hate it. I would highly prefer that a game’s story, characters, and dialogue maintain its original content and context. Its a good way to learn (small) things about other cultures. I understand not everybody would like this, but I think giving the option is great.

  • Daniel Carvalho

    The Parental Control can still be done without the region lock. Sure, each region has their own standards of censorships, and what content is more appropriate for children, usually differing from continents to countries. The parental control can still be adjusted for the region the console is registered on, not for the region of the game. And what’s worse, that “control” should be the parents’ priority,not Nintendo’s!

  • Hazmire

    So now I can’t play good jrpgs… Thanks a lot nintendo.

    • Beat

      Exactly haha

    • Laud

      They already stated they were going to localize more Japanese games so before we start complaining we need to see what happens.

      • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

        Fantasy Life on the 3DS is the one title right now I want to see localized. Looks amazingly fun and a mix between Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, and Rune Factory.

        • Silent

          Bravely Default is very offended.

          • Hazmire

            I wanted region lock to be gone I could go out and get some games from different cultures e.g. anime styled games. But i guess I’ll have to just stick with the more well known ones.

          • mojack411

            Well at least we know that BD is getting localized. We’ve heard nothing about Fantasy Life despite how well it’s done in Japan.

          • Silent

            Hey, Remember, Mr. Iwata said that they could have announced more games at E3 but they want to announce those unannounced games when close to release date. Maybe one of them could be Fantasy Life, who knows?

          • mojack411

            Wasn’t that just WiiU games, though. Did that include 3DS games? I want my next ND already! D:<

      • http://kuroneko772.blog.jeuxvideo.com/ KuroNeko77

        Localizing more doesn’t mean we’ll get those that we’ve already missed.

        I don’t think they’ll bother bringing over games like Beyond the Labyrinth.

  • Beat

    While I don’t like region locking, I can understand why they would do it. Things like the Eshop are different for each area, and region-locking really only affects a small percentage of gamers. It would be more of a hassle than it’s worth.

    • Adrian

      There is no reason that each region can’t have its own eshop while having a region free console.

  • david jarman

    It never really effected me. Just being honest. I’m a fanboy. So what?

  • MrMistermister

    I’m a fanboy, and I really don’t care about region locking… But I’m supporting my fellow fans anyways because region locking sounds like a bad thing :D

  • ARealist
  • jonen

    i personally dont care, but i never travel abroad anyway

  • DereX

    Those Miiverse drawings are pretty good…. Give the people what they want Nintendo. Even though I couldn’t care less.

    • Andreas Sunde

      I assume you mean “couldn’t”.

  • Wayne Beck

    There is more to region locking than Simply translating the game. Every Country has different standards about what is or is not considered a child, at what age children are aloud to experience specific content, what level of interaction with people children can have on the internet and many many other things. You may remember at Launch the eShop couldn’t sell Rated M games during the day because Germany and only Germany would not allow that to happen.

    Because the EU is still a bunch of individual countries that refuse to unify their standards, for things such as Parent controls, the Cost of getting approval is exponentially higher and the amount of time required is significantly longer. The reason the EU is almost always last to get games is not because it takes so long to translate. It’s because it takes so long to get approval from 6 different countries that have six different sets of standards.

    For Nintendo to introduce Region Free games, it would mean that every Game to be released in Japan, US, EU, Australia or any other country would have have to gain approval in every other country before they can be shipped. That means, the EU and Australia would not be getting games sooner, but everyone else would be getting their games later.

    Nintendo is a Family Friendly company. They are not going to skirt child protection solely to make a few extra bucks.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Except… most games are nowadays a few days apart from the US – release-wise… all EU countries have a unified rating system (except the UK), there’s usually no delay at all for ps3 games and since the end of the gamecube’s lifecycle europe had many games come out first – sometimes not even being brought to the US

      Late releases of games in the EU is a thing of the past, an exception to the rule – it has been for the past 1,5 gen of consoles.

      • Infernofire

        But there always exist some exceptions to that rule,
        such as Shin Megami Tensei 4, which doesn’t even have a releasedate in Europe yet and is coming out in the US this month.

        • Arthur Jarret

          Vice versa, too – if XSeed didn’t step in the US wouldn’t have got Pandora’s tower or the Last Story.

          Another Code R, Day of disaster – the US is affected too.
          I do hope they hack the wii U – as homebrew on my wii allowed me to play (genuine, imported discs of) baten kaitos origins, excitebots and mario super sluggers

          Regarding SMT4 – I’m glad it’s announced for europe, despite no releasedate known yet.

  • Robert

    This is solved very easily. Under “Parental Controls” , if set to anything other than “Unrestricted”, only play games from your region, or if you can’t get the info you need from an import disc, block it if parental controls are enabled. Write this in the instruction manual, and if people really want to play import discs they won’t turn on parental controls.

    This isn’t very complicated. Nintendo is just making excuses.

    Sorry if someone wrote this earlier, didn’t read all the comments.

  • gamesplayswill

    I think I found the weirdest video on youtube… with reggie… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLZDzCSJFCM

  • Agent721

    This is a fail by N. Region free gaming gives consumer more options and many times, lower prices. As a consumer, you do not benefit from region lock…its all about protecting Nintendos profits.

  • Lusunup

    I can see why they keep region lock because when it comes to japan They already have to gamepads to buy, games come out early, and hacks.

  • Denvy

    This doesn’t matter to me at all. A complete waste of time even thinking about it.

  • beerkin

    Nintendo can’t even put out HD games. Lets let them focus on that instead of worrying about removing region lock.

    • PS4/WiiU

      What are you talking about. Nintendo can perfectly put out hd games without a problem

      • beerkin

        Haha. Really. How’s that going for them so far. Nine months and one uprezzed side scrolling Mario game and Nintendoland.

        • PS4/WiiU

          Ya, but that’s not because they can’t put out HD games, Its because of bad marketing decisions and them focusing to much on third party titles.

    • CyanideInsanity

      I’ve got a question for you. Do you know how many xbox 360 and ps3 games were actually sub-HD? I can’t give specifics, but a good portion are.

      Its the ps4, xbox one, and wii u that are making the jump to all HD(720p and up).

  • mojack411

    I also read somewhere back when that governments place pressure on Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft to place region lock. Take the Australians, for instance. It’s regularly cheaper to buy US version of games than local. What does that mean for the government? It means they can’t tax those games. Region-locking forces gamers to buy games in their region and therefore contribute taxes to their government.

  • gamesplayswill

    People are foolish.
    “Good things come to those who wait”
    That means if you wait the hype will spread, getting sales and enjoyment out of your game. It’s a win win situation impatient imbeciles can’t grasp. (I love y’all at WiiUdaily though so I’m not addressing you guys ;))

    • Adrian

      I honestly can’t tell the point you are trying to make, sorry.

      • gamesplayswill

        I don’t even want to explain to you…..

        • Silent

          Don’t waste your precious time.

        • Adrian

          Edit: Sorry, silent has been going out of his way to be a dick and I admit I was getting annoyed. But I shouldn’t respond unpolitely to you (even though you did to me).

          But really, I can’t pick out a clear point you are trying to make. What makes a person foolish? What makes a person impatient? Why would you assume that this would always hold true: “That means if you wait the hype will spread, getting sales and enjoyment out of your game.”? Why do you think the regional locking (removal) argument has anything to do with patience? Do you really think people are upset they have to wait for a delay between regions? I will admit that if that were the only argument against region locking, it would be a stupid one.

          I imagine that you will find it too much of a pain to respond, and that’s fine. It’s your time.

          • gamesplayswill

            It is a pain to respond but I’ll have to because that’s how I am. =)

            People are foolish because if a game came out in Japan and came out a month later in Europe/America then you are impatient if you moan about it because it isn’t that far away. If it six months in delay that’d be understandable.
            Furthermore, if you wait for a game and some gameplay is released on the internet or read a review, that would likely give you hype, making you want to buy the game or just persuade you to buy it in general, of course this isn’t always the case.

          • CyanideInsanity

            Coming to your original post “Good things come to those who wait”. You mean like mother 3? We still don’t have an official localization of it. Sure there’s a fan translation, but not all japan only games have had that grace. Then with newer games emulation needs some decent hardware, or isn’t even possible yet.

            So yeah, region locking may help with hype, but its also an obstacle for buying games. Why import a japanese only game if you don’t even have a japanese console to play it on?

    • Silent

      I wouldnt use the word imbeciles but people need to be less impatient.

      • gamesplayswill

        I suppose I got too annoyed, but my point is still valid.

    • CyanideInsanity

      If you’re saying people who don’t want regionlock so they can import non-localized games need to be patient, you are an imbecile. There have always been plenty of games that haven’t been localized, and there will always be plenty that aren’t.

      • gamesplayswill

        I didn’t say anything about importing localized games….

        • CyanideInsanity

          I didn’t say anything about importing localized games either.

          Also if you are not talking about anything having to do with region locking, why did you even post? Its completely irrelevant otherwise…

          • gamesplayswill

            I didn’t mean to come off as a bitch and I still don’t but to be frank I’m going to piss of now… Please don’t bother replying.

          • CyanideInsanity

            No. Please, enlighten me to the point of your original post.

          • gamesplayswill

            I said don’t reply, as I had said to you before.

          • CyanideInsanity

            Why stop? Clearly you have something to say, else you would’ve just ignored my last post.

      • gamesplayswill

        *non localized games

  • Wanderlei

    As long as they localize, the issue is moot.

    • Adrian

      Not true, localization does not gaurantee that all content will be brought over. Also, localization can result in lost/improvised content when adjusting the game to the new culture.

      • Silent

        As long as the game is localized, the issue is moot. Removed content due to cultural differences is moot.

        • Adrian

          ???

          • Silent

            Let me make it understandable for you: As long as it doesnt ruin the overall experience of the game, removed content can go down the drain.

          • Adrian

            Uhm, no. Removed and changed content is significant. Why the hell wouldn’t it be?

            That’s like saying your favorite DVD/BRwith all the deleted scenes and alternate endings is the same as the edited censored version they show on regular cable.

            Cmon man, if you are going to go out of your way to argue with me, at least make a valid point.

          • Silent

            I did make a valid point, If you cant play it, cant play it. If I miss something , I dont go stomping around because I didnt get to play it. Watching people play it can sometimes be enough.

            Btw, I rarely watch TV now.

          • Adrian

            Nah, you didn’t make a good point. And the TV thing was a metaphor. I never said I (or anybody else) stomp around pissed all the time because of region locks. But it is completely valid to feel unsatisfied knowing that you don’t have the version of the game you want, and cannot get it without buying a whole other system.

  • DemonRoach

    This statement concretes Nintendo’s status as a children’s console.

    • Silent

      You still play it.

      • DemonRoach

        where else can i play xenoblade?

  • Gabe Hoffman

    I still don’t understand all the fuss about it. The only people who are really affected are the import fans. And it has never been a problem for me. I can see their reasoning for it. I wouldn’t skirt child protection laws just to make a few extra bucks

    • Adrian

      You are right that it doesn’t affect the majority of gamers. But honestly the child protection thing is B.S.. Region locking does not make gaming safer for kids of any region. Regional rating systems and actual parental super vision achieve this.

    • Luffy

      I dont mind it, as long as they bring the games over here!

  • Jon

    I really don’t care that much about region locking, the only time I cared was with Xenoblade, other than that, not really cared too much.

  • Daniel Carvalho

    I disagree with the company’s position on this matter. They are already doing enough with the parental control (the reason, according to Nintendo, to why the region lock still exists): they’re giving parents a tool that helps them control what kind of games their children have access to. That’s great. But having the region for that reason is just stupid!

    The parental control prevents some games from running on the console. That “lock” can be done with any title according to it’s rating. That rating varies accordingly to each country in which it has been launched. That’s all. Even if the game is classified as 18+ in Japan, or 16+ in USA, in the end, it’s up to the parents to evaluate the content of the game, with or without the parental control on. Nintendo’s duty ends here. There are many parents that don’t even utilize it.

    The region lock stimulates piracy for many reasons that have been already discussed in many sites out there, but the main being: the lack of availability of certain titles on western territories, moving to a different country, visiting a different continent, the interest in other languages, interest on voice acting of other versions of the same game, , and so on.

    It was a reliable tool in the past. If a lot of cartridges were stolen from Japan and sent to USA, they wouldn’t be playable on American consoles. But today things are different. With internet, anyone can pirate their games at home, install pirate programs that erase the region lock from the console and download as many titles they want. Without the region lock, you’ll end up helping yourselves get more sales, and find out that the market you believe you know so well isn’t what you believe to be (remember Operation Rainfall?).

  • Steven Mahl
    • Andreas Sunde

      Wrong website, brah.

      • John Raybell

        nah, it works here as well, might not be for Wiiu but some of these gamers here are not just nintendo gamers, some of us are real gamers and like to play more then one console.

  • slade6alpha

    I just noticed a smiley face at the bottom of the screen… Is this new?

  • tooby77

    Working on a regionunlock right now. Pretty notfriendly. Yes only the regionlock. For now

  • Fuzunga

    I literally did not even know that any current gen consoles were region free until recently.

  • Nolan ArchLord

    Well, this sucks. I guess it isn’t too bad as there’s still the eShop.

  • Downvote&CoEmployee5

    Ohhh no

  • Akatosh

    I don’t really care. The only reason I wouldn’t want a region lock is to play Japanese games, but since I can’t understand them anyways…. so yeah.

  • Amz Strange

    What a load of crap. Lifting the region-lock does not have any relation to the release of games in specific regions, why would it? Nothing would change with regards to translating games, having them rated by individual counties, or anything else! Absolutely nothing has to / would change to the processes currently in place. It’s a completely irrelevant point to make.

    If a company doesn’t want to publish / release their game (or a special edition of their game – which happens a lot) on a certain continent, why am I not allowed to import it and play it anyway? I’m paying for it, I should be allowed to play it. Some games don’t get released in every country due to the cost to the publisher being too high, shouldn’t they be happy they got my money anyway from buying an import?

    Nintendo never bothered to release Excitebots in Europe, so I bought a brand new copy from America. Turns out that Nintendo had blocked the use of the ‘Converter’ disk on the Wii, so I never got to play it. How does that benefit anyone?

    All it would be is a tiny system update and that’s it. Nothing changes apart from some gamers can get (and actually play) a few games they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

    • Gabe Hoffman

      It would take more than a simple firmware update. The disc readers are likely locked too

      • Phillip GameBoy Franklin

        Nope I have a Japanese Wii and a European Wii, in addition to an American Wii. I swapped the DVD drive from the Euro Wii into the Jap Wii when the DVD drive in that gave up the ghost after 3 long years. Not only did the drive fit with the same cable hookups, but it worked fine, and mind you, both were stock unmodded units. Its coded via the software. The hardware itself has no region restrictions placed on it, but the OS, which communicates with the software on the game discs, have region flags on them. The same problem affects the 3DS and the Wii U, so yes, a firmware update to ”unlock” them is highly possible. Nintendo is, as usual, too fucking lazy to do anything. I love Nintendo, but they really need to get their heads out of their asses, and use their money to buy a clue, and get with the program.

  • uPadWatcher

    *face palm*

  • Gabe Hoffman

    People seem to forget that even though PS4 and Xbox One don’t have system wide region lock. That does not stop devs and publishers from region locking on a game by game basis

  • Logan Waltz

    many many good games are never made for various regions and if we learn japanese we should be able to play a fucking import. i can’t play shining feather because i don’t speak japanese. if i did, i’d have to steal a rom online. i don’t want to have to do the latter.

  • Link Slayer

    Nintendo Don’t listen to fans thats why there probably going to die out of the hardware buisness unless they change there stratagy and listen to the people that love them the most!

  • Elitepwnsface

    I got to blame aussy for this one…

  • HypocritesRROD

    I’m fine with Nintendo’s region locking. Because Nintendo is popular in japan, europe and the US. Xbox is only popular in the US. So it’s just appropriate that microsoft removed xbox’s region lock.

  • devmiles

    region locking is still bullshit, we should be past those days already

  • CyanideInsanity

    You know, I wonder just how many parents know that they can restrict games?

  • dxcvs

    Good thing they aren’t taking region lock off. Nintendo you are soooooo awsome!