Wii U will be region-locked - Report

Nintendo reportedly confirmed new console will follow in the footsteps of the Wii and 3DS by implementing a region-locking feature.

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Nintendo has reportedly confirmed the Wii U will be region-locked.

The publisher made the original statement in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (as reported by GameSpot sister site CNET), seemingly confirming the Wii U--just like the Wii and 3DS before it--will not allow gamers to play titles imported from other regions.

Nintendo's region-locking policy has been in place since the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System for some of its devices, and has often been the cause of discontent among gamers.

The Wii U will launch on November 18 in the U.S. The system will be available in two bundles: a $299 8GB white basic model and a $350 32GB deluxe black version.

For more on the Wii U launch, check out GameSpot's full report.

Discussion

273 comments
SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

No surprise here. It's Nintendo afterall.

jon_bone
jon_bone

SCREW REGION LOCKS!!! That is all.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Yesiree, no surprises here. You're not making it very easy to like Nintendo, and this coming from a fan...

l2humpie
l2humpie

My Wii is fully hacked and so will be my Wii-U. It's just a matter of time.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Well, I guess this ensures that I will not be buying a Wii U.  Thanks a lot, Nintendo.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

Wasn't PS3 region locked too? My buddy moved to Australia and I can't buy him cheaper games in US/Canada and send them over. He had to a buy a new PS3 over there. 

onixevil
onixevil

Nintendo knows how to make it the number one best selling hardware in japan and other regions .

onixevil
onixevil

The future Emulator will unlocked it ?

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

Eh, the software/hardware modders will fix this up anyway...

 

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

This sucks, but we should NOT be surprised. Even PS Vita is starting to lock some things.

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Think i'll be staying with the PC for the "next Gen" and just leave the consoles alone.

Battle_Pants
Battle_Pants

Oh come on! Region Lock Out? Really?

I'm european and there are still some games that I would like to play, which isn't available in europe. And it would be really nice to have the opportunity to buy a game when i travel to the US or Japan and not having to worry about whether the game works or not.

Sorry for my bad English.

Vodoo
Vodoo

No surprise there. Only Sony unlocks their systems. Doesn't really matter much because 99% of gamers only play stuff from their region anyways.

Henninger
Henninger

I dont get why they do this. But whatever i have no control over it.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Here is a idea....if you like Japanese games buy a Japanese system......I really don't want to play a game I can't truly follow because I can't understand what anything says.....non effecting to me.....

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Does that mean on launch day, they will be keeping their Wii U's in locks or something?

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

Greedtendo I mean Nintendo region lock benefit: Nintendo

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

LOLOLOL IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER DOESNT IT NINTENDO FANBOYS!?!?  "No nintendo would never do that" pffft!!  Nintendo just trololold all nintendo fanboys ROFLMAO

DragonRift
DragonRift

Region locking is pointless.  If I buy a legitimate copy from another country, why should I be unable to play it here, at home, on a system I ALSO bought, but in the US instead?

 

This does not benefit you.  If anything, it HURTS you, because you're completely nixing your import market.

craigprime
craigprime

C'mon, people. Where's your American spirit?.....................Yea, region lock is NOT one of Nintendo's better "innovations".

hadlee73
hadlee73

Well that's torn that. I'm still trying to deal with all the things I CAN'T buy for my 3DS (I can't even get Nintendo to take my money), and now the Wii U is going to be the same. A shame, really.

xolivierx
xolivierx

What I read is : FOOK YOU america, you are not getting Fatal Frame

Shawn45
Shawn45

Why?! 

 

What purpose does this serve?! Seriously!

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

This is so stupid. PS4 and 720 will be region free meanwhile Nintendo decides to lock out imported games. I guess they want people to spend 400 bucks to buy a Japanese Wii U which won't do.

N4o7A
N4o7A

Why do they even do this? What benefits come from region locking your consoles? You only end up making your fans wait months and years to localize a game...

qubeley
qubeley

I hate region locks. And nowadays Nintendo games are not that great anymore - it's just recycling icons and franchises. Probably will give this console a miss

zpluffy
zpluffy

Nintendo like Region locking because they like locking things. Look at zelda for example, there are so many locks, it's not even funny

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

wait?! the 3DS is region LOCKED?! WTF!!!!

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

What's wrong with this? They want to control what comes out where, and that sounds reasonable to me. I know we as consumers might like it not locked, but it may hurt us more in the long run by affecting the company. 

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

 @BestJinjo

 PS3 is region free but like bluray movies certain game discs are region encoded.

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

 @Battle_Pants Don't worry, just like people have invented ways around region locks for pretty much every console released so far, one way or another they'll bypass this too, eventually.

As the old saying goes, when there's a will, there's a way.

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

 @Vodoo You're right about the PS3 being region free, but I'm pretty sure both the PS1 and PS2 were region locked. Don't know about PSP/Vita though.

Battle_Pants
Battle_Pants

 @Killer6b9 But what about Europe? We don't get all the games over here. Are you saying that i need to buy a EU-system AND a US-system? It's the same hardware then i should be able to play a game no matter where i buy it.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @Killer6b9 Lol, ladies and gentlemen, a prime example of the nintendo fanboy "well I didn't want that anyways" typical reaction.  guess what killer6b9, MORE OPTIONS ARE A GOOD THING

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

 @dreamfist11 What dummy said that? Every console Nintendo's released so far has been region locked, why would this be any different?

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @Suikogaiden 

*KaCHING* is the sound Nintendo will be hearing when the Wii U launches.

Red_hot_smasher
Red_hot_smasher

 @HaloPimp978 "PS4 and 720 will be region free" Says ****ing who? Experience says they will be, just like pretty much every console released after the NES.

MrHanky35
MrHanky35

 @N4o7A i think (but not sure) its to make changes that are acceptable to certain audiences. some games are more... Japanese then others and cant be released in other counties due to laws and culture differences. they might take out say a pointless swimsuit scene in a game or take out a long hard extra endgame boss battle. or for E rated games like brawl they change some of the character scripts to write off say "oh my god" to something else as america is more sensitive to that. an exe of something else back in the pokemon cards days was "Mistys tears" jp card, look it up to laugh. i actually got one somehow way bk when.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @RitsukoEX Whaa?? You ain't know....0_o

 

Yeah, it does. Part of the reason I haven't broke my neck to get one yet (though I do currently own a Vita). Looks like the same will hold true for the WiiU.

superbuuman
superbuuman

 @mario-nin-freak They do it so they can get more $$$, Europe and the rest of the world get rape up the arse when it comes to price. Secondly if they don't have the stupid "Japan only" games I wouldn't have mind as much but they do. I bloody hope the new Fatal Frame will get a western release.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @mario-nin-freak It's not hurting Sony....nor was it a bad thing for DS/lite era for Nintendo. 

 

What hurts more is when don't get to experience diversity and unique games that they may not otherwise get to see in their regions. Just some food for thought.....

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

 @Killer6b9  @Battle_Pants 

ahh ps3 is region free, i buy japanese games. when they arrive, i open it  and pop it in. bam it works, no region lock messages, no buying different region system.

 

Battle_Pants
Battle_Pants

 @Killer6b9 My point is that I should be able to play a game no matter where i buy it. I don't really care about who puts the region lock in place. I don't  like when hardware manufacturers do it no matter if it's Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony, I don't like when developers do it, I don't like region lock. Period.

Why shouldn't I be able to play a game when i already own the hardware?

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @Killer6b9 sorry to burst you bubble but your not the one that decides what is and isn't an invalid argument.  and Im not a stupid consumer like you, i don't agree with microsoft or sony region locking their systems either, so still YOUR argument is invalid

DeltaCobra
DeltaCobra

 @dreamfist11  @Killer6b9 Chill out dude, so it sounds like your not in a good place financially right now, we feel for you. No need to bite the guys head off.. what hes saying is how life works. You think being able to buy some video game consoles makes you rich? Speak to the guys who make customized yachts for travelling round the world, with space for their cars on board.. games consoles? Not so much. 

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

 @Killer6b9  @dreamfist11 

lol thats dumbest thing i have ever heard. so let me get this right i have to buy console i already own just to play games from other reasons. thats such a waste of money