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.


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.

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