Dan Adelman is sympathetic about region-locked consoles, but says its out of his hands
— Dan Adelman (@Dan_Adelman) September 11, 2013
For those of you that follow Nintendo closely, you’ll know that earlier this year there was a huge petition to end region-locking for both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS once both Microsoft and Sony announced their consoles would not be region-locked. Nintendo was very quiet about the issue for a while, but finally issued a statement that region-locking is necessary in order to conform to local laws and other territorial restrictions.
Danel Adelman, a representative of Nintendo of America recently expressed his sentiments about region-locking on Twitter to some loyal fans who lament not being able to play Japanese or North American games on their respective consoles. It looks like Nintendo realizes this is a thing that their fans want, but they seem unwilling to find other ways to adhere to local restrictions when dealing with world-wide releases.
Hopefully if gamers put enough pressure on them to end region-locking and find better ways to deal with localization issues, Nintendo could become an open company as well.