Nintendo: We region-lock because Japanese games aren't for you

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#1 Posted by DrTrafalgarLaw (4487 posts) -

Nintendo president explains region locks are a result of cultural differences and legal requirements in global markets.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has discussed why the Japanese company continues to include region restrictions on its hardware and software products, citing differing social acceptance in global markets and legal requirements in an interview with IGN.

 

"From some peoples perspective, it might seem like a kind of restriction. However, we hope people can appreciate the fact that were selling our products worldwide," Iwata said. "There are many different regions around the world, and each region has its own cultural acceptance and legal restrictions, as well as different age ratings. There are always things that were required to do in each different region, which may go counter to the idea that players around the world want the freedom to play whatever they want."

Fully delusional, please understand.

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#2 Posted by freedomfreak (49885 posts) -
Please understand.
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#3 Posted by clyde46 (49050 posts) -
Once again Nintendo lags behind. I'm surprised their computer systems aren't using punch cards.
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#4 Posted by foxhound_fox (96795 posts) -
The DS was region free, wasn't it? They do this because they think it protects profit margins of particular releases.
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#5 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -
Nintendo: We live under a rock. Please buy our console.
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#6 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

Nintendo's facing another ugly war against their fans (see: Operation Rainfall and Bayonetta 2). Time to play some decent war music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxcs5wJ4DEU

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#7 Posted by FlamesOfGrey (7511 posts) -
The DS was region free, wasn't it? They do this because they think it protects profit margins of particular releases.foxhound_fox
All Nintendo handhelds were region free until the 3DS I believe. Nintendo are full of ****.
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#8 Posted by Zurrur (1701 posts) -

Sony creates a patent for a DRM to implement into the Playstation 4
Sony fans ask them not to do it
Sony does away with it


Microsoft creates a DRM system for the XBox One
Microsoft fans ask them to remove it
Microsoft does away with it

Nintendo implements region locking and system locked DLC
Nintendo fans ask them to remove it
Nintendo says: "F*** you."


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#9 Posted by AtariKidX (6994 posts) -

Pure BS.......Please understand.:lol:

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#10 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

Nintendo implements region locking and system locked DLC

Nintendo fans ask them to remove it
Nintendo says: "F*** you."

Zurrur

Too bad they can backtrack on what they've done:

-Localizing (albeit, a bit late) Operation Rainfall games with XSeed after they said no

-Defended their 18+ locks in Europe until that got removed

So, I wouldn't be surprised if they backtrack here. Though there are some things they have th right to say "F*** you" to their ""fans" on.

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#11 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (17255 posts) -

Now it's my turn! Iwata, please understand that you are going to lose your core market if you continue trying to defend this. Obviously the are no reasons why the Gamboy, Color, Advance, and the DS Phat & Lite were region free.

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#12 Posted by Sweenix (5957 posts) -

They are right, japanese culture does trump our inferior way of life

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#13 Posted by parkurtommo (28295 posts) -

They are right, japanese culture does trump our inferior way of life

Sweenix
You would say that.
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#14 Posted by TheEroica (17279 posts) -

Sony creates a patent for a DRM to implement into the Playstation 4
Sony fans ask them not to do it
Sony does away with it


Microsoft creates a DRM system for the XBox One
Microsoft fans ask them to remove it
Microsoft does away with it

Nintendo implements region locking and system locked DLC
Nintendo fans ask them to remove it
Nintendo says: "F*** you."


Zurrur
Well said... People waste more time hating ms or sony when Nintendo is easily the most stubborn of the lot.
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#15 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

Now it's my turn! Iwata, please understand that you are going to lose your core market if you continue trying to defend this. Obviously the are no reasons why the Gamboy, Color, Advance, and the DS Phat & Lite were region free.

FireEmblem_Man
Implying that many people in the world even import stuff to begin with or know it was even possible on their older handhelds.
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#16 Posted by Wild_man_22 (905 posts) -

Eh, theyve dug themselves in such a hole now they almost have to localise anything thats even remotely good at this point. Just to see if anything sticks, they didnt have to before with the wii, because everyone already owned one by the time xenoblade or the last story were released, and nintendo has no idea what momentum is. I wouldnt worry just yet about region-locking being an issue.

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#17 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

the way i see it

  • they waste time encoding it 
  • they lose money when a would be customer says F you when they can easily download it on their computer... 
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#18 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
To be fair. I couldn't care less what Nintendo does or doesn't do anymore. I don't even look at Nintendo as in the same league as the other console makers. I look at Nintendo consoles in the same light I look at things like Leap Frog. Cute little toys for littles kids.
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#19 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

To be fair. I couldn't care less what Nintendo does or doesn't do anymore. I don't even look at Nintendo as in the same league as the other console makers. I look at Nintendo consoles in the same light I look at things like Leap Frog. Cute little toys for littles kids.AmazonTreeBoa
Then why post in a Nintendo thread of them doing something what a few posters (including myself) consider stupid?

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#20 Posted by Jonwh18 (9350 posts) -

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]To be fair. I couldn't care less what Nintendo does or doesn't do anymore. I don't even look at Nintendo as in the same league as the other console makers. I look at Nintendo consoles in the same light I look at things like Leap Frog. Cute little toys for littles kids.nintendoboy16

Then why post in a Nintendo thread of them doing something what a few posters (including myself) consider stupid?

He's jelly. :cool:

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#21 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (17255 posts) -

[QUOTE="FireEmblem_Man"]

Now it's my turn! Iwata, please understand that you are going to lose your core market if you continue trying to defend this. Obviously the are no reasons why the Gamboy, Color, Advance, and the DS Phat & Lite were region free.

nintendoboy16

Implying that many people in the world even import stuff to begin with or know it was even possible on their older handhelds.

Well, I have imported some games overseas before, like Pokemon Heart Gold, and Soul Silver as well as Jump Ultimate Stars. There are some games that look interesting that might not even make it here or be European exclusives. I would like to have region free back on the handheld. I don't want to throw extra bones to buy another international 3DS just to play those games.

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#22 Posted by VendettaRed07 (14012 posts) -

He really needs to go. 

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#23 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"][QUOTE="FireEmblem_Man"]

Now it's my turn! Iwata, please understand that you are going to lose your core market if you continue trying to defend this. Obviously the are no reasons why the Gamboy, Color, Advance, and the DS Phat & Lite were region free.

FireEmblem_Man

Implying that many people in the world even import stuff to begin with or know it was even possible on their older handhelds.

Well, I have imported some games overseas before, like Pokemon Heart Gold, and Soul Silver as well as Jump Ultimate Stars. There are some games that look interesting that might not even make it here or be European exclusives. I would like to have region free back on the handheld. I don't want to throw extra bones to buy another international 3DS just to play those games.

For my own reasons, I'd like to have a region free system as well (hell, I own EU copies of Pokemon: SoulSilver and Sonic CIassic Collection and play them on my NA DS, hell, I use Freeloader on my GameCube), so I can agree with that, however, I posted above due to the fact that most people I know in real life that have game consoles don't even think about imports, even if it's possible on the systems that allow it.

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#24 Posted by Crossel777 (6176 posts) -

 

Microsoft creates a DRM system for the XBox One
Microsoft forced into doing it by Sony.
Microsoft does away with it

Zurrur

Fixed.

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#25 Posted by WitIsWisdom (4775 posts) -

What a load of crap. I love how Japanse people think they are so superior... lol

I have played a lot of japanese only games, and they are not all that different. They think they are "too hard" or "unacceptable" in other countries? They are still as jaded with their arguements pertaining things like this as they were back in the original NES days.

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#26 Posted by TheEroica (17279 posts) -

[QUOTE="Zurrur"]

 

Microsoft creates a DRM system for the XBox One
Microsoft forced into doing it by Sony.
Microsoft does away with it

Crossel777

Fixed.

hmmmm.... There's some truth to this. Really, though it was a full frontal assault by gamers followed by a shock and awe campaign by Sony to pretty much obliterate any hope MS had in achieving their evil desires... :P
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#27 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (17255 posts) -

For my own reasons, I'd like to have a region free system as well (hell, I own EU copies of Pokemon: SoulSilver and Sonic CIassic Collection and play them on my NA DS, hell, I use Freeloader on my GameCube), so I can agree with that, however, I posted above due to the fact that most people I know in real life that have game consoles don't even think about imports, even if it's possible on the systems that allow it.

nintendoboy16

Well, that's true. Sometimes hardcore forgets that there are people that don't game as much as we do.

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#28 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]To be fair. I couldn't care less what Nintendo does or doesn't do anymore. I don't even look at Nintendo as in the same league as the other console makers. I look at Nintendo consoles in the same light I look at things like Leap Frog. Cute little toys for littles kids.nintendoboy16

Then why post in a Nintendo thread of them doing something what a few posters (including myself) consider stupid?

Welcome to SW. If you don't want somebody posting in a Nintendo thread talking about how they suck, then take it to the Nintendo forums, not here. I would think at level 69, you would know this. Some are just slower than others I guess.
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#29 Posted by ultimate-k (2348 posts) -

Please understand, please understand, please understand.

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#30 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"]

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]To be fair. I couldn't care less what Nintendo does or doesn't do anymore. I don't even look at Nintendo as in the same league as the other console makers. I look at Nintendo consoles in the same light I look at things like Leap Frog. Cute little toys for littles kids.Jonwh18

Then why post in a Nintendo thread of them doing something what a few posters (including myself) consider stupid?

He's jelly. :cool:

Yes I am jelly. :roll: Oh how I long for the days that my PC is regoin locked as well. :roll:
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#31 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -
[QUOTE="nintendoboy16"]

[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"]To be fair. I couldn't care less what Nintendo does or doesn't do anymore. I don't even look at Nintendo as in the same league as the other console makers. I look at Nintendo consoles in the same light I look at things like Leap Frog. Cute little toys for littles kids.AmazonTreeBoa

Then why post in a Nintendo thread of them doing something what a few posters (including myself) consider stupid?

Welcome to SW. If you don't want somebody posting in a Nintendo thread talking about how they suck, then take it to the Nintendo forums, not here. I would think at level 69, you would know this. Some are just slower than others I guess.

Even SW fanboys give a crap about what the competition they hate is doing. Why do you think several Sony/Microsoft fans hated it when Nintendo got Bayonetta 2 (mixed in with other hate I won't mention), or else they wouldn't be spouting what to begin with. If you truly don't care about what Nintendo does, as stated in numerous threads where you said it, you wouldn't be posting.
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#32 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -
[QUOTE="AmazonTreeBoa"][QUOTE="nintendoboy16"]Then why post in a Nintendo thread of them doing something what a few posters (including myself) consider stupid?nintendoboy16
Welcome to SW. If you don't want somebody posting in a Nintendo thread talking about how they suck, then take it to the Nintendo forums, not here. I would think at level 69, you would know this. Some are just slower than others I guess.

Even SW fanboys give a crap about what the competition they hate is doing. Why do you think several Sony/Microsoft fans hated it when Nintendo got Bayonetta 2 (mixed in with other hate I won't mention), or else they wouldn't be spouting what to begin with. If you truly don't care about what Nintendo does, as stated in numerous threads where you said it, you wouldn't be posting.

Sorry, but what you think about me and why I do or do not post is irrelevant to me. But hey, at least you expresssed your opinion for those that actually do care what you think, so good for you. ;) Maybe me not being a fanboy is the issue. But seeing your user name, I can see why you would be upset that I don't give a crap. It's Nintendo, so I must give a crap. :roll: Also, like I said. I look at Nintendo in the same way I do Leap Frog. Which means I do NOT look at them as competition. I have no stock in any of these companies, so there is no competition here at all for me. Hell Sony could fail for all I care and I want a PS4. I have too many hobbies to be bothered with just one. The whole gaming industry could crash and go under and my life would still go on and I would still have something fun and entertaining to do every day. But please, continue on with your whole "I care because I posted" approach. At least you entertaining me.
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#33 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (35542 posts) -

I always found region locking to be a bunch of bullcrap, and the last thing I would ever want to see is another operation rainfall incident, but with region locking being an issue it could very well happen.

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#34 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

I always found region locking to be a bunch of bullcrap, and the last thing I would ever want to see is another operation rainfall incident, but with region locking being an issue it could very well happen.

DJ-Lafleur
And knowing how ugly Operation Rainfall got, there's going to be hell for a good few months.
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#35 Posted by funsohng (29858 posts) -
While the excuse is still pathetic, it's nowhere near insulting and racist as the TC put it in his title. Then again, I should expect this kind of bullshit from DrTrafalgarLaw
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#36 Posted by DrTrafalgarLaw (4487 posts) -
[QUOTE="funsohng"]While the excuse is still pathetic, it's nowhere near insulting and racist as the TC put it in his title. Then again, I should expect this kind of bullshit from DrTrafalgarLaw

Please understand that japanese games cater to japan and the west shouldn't enjoy them. Please understand.
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#37 Posted by SuperFlakeman (7411 posts) -

Deal with it

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#38 Posted by Jak-25 (2475 posts) -

I don't think anything should ever be region locked.

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#39 Posted by SuperFlakeman (7411 posts) -

He really needs to go. 

VendettaRed07

Because his successor would instantly get rid of legion lock, bring back exploration to Mario/Zelda, order EAD/Retro to create new AAA IPs, put Pokemon on iOS and of course F-Zero + Starfox for our selfish needs.

Totally.

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#40 Posted by Renegade_Fury (19677 posts) -

Nintendon't: The king of making excuses.

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#41 Posted by SolidTy (49991 posts) -

It would be nice if the Wii U was region free, just for those that fancy importing without having to buy a Japanese machine as well (or other regions).

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#42 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -
[QUOTE="Zurrur"]

Sony creates a patent for a DRM to implement into the Playstation 4
Sony fans ask them not to do it
Sony does away with it


Microsoft creates a DRM system for the XBox One
Microsoft fans ask them to remove it
Microsoft does away with it

Nintendo implements region locking and system locked DLC
Nintendo fans ask them to remove it
Nintendo says: "F*** you."


TheEroica
Well said... People waste more time hating ms or sony when Nintendo is easily the most stubborn of the lot.

They are fond of their old ways
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#43 Posted by LOXO7 (5595 posts) -
Hail our authority.
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#44 Posted by blackace (23576 posts) -

They are right, japanese culture does trump our inferior way of life

Sweenix
LOL!! No it doesn't. All there handheld were region free previously. I think the Wii and Gamecube was region free as well. I honestly don't care if the Wii U is region free or not, as I probably won't be getting one for awhile anyways. There are only a handful of games that I want for that system and they can wait.
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#45 Posted by nintendoboy16 (33727 posts) -

[QUOTE="Sweenix"]

They are right, japanese culture does trump our inferior way of life

blackace

LOL!! No it doesn't. All there handheld were region free previously. I think the Wii and Gamecube was region free as well. I honestly don't care if the Wii U is region free or not, as I probably won't be getting one for awhile anyways. There are only a handful of games that I want for that system and they can wait.

Wii wasn't and neither was the GameCube UNLESS if you had a Freeloader disc for the latter.

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#46 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30972 posts) -

[QUOTE="foxhound_fox"]The DS was region free, wasn't it? They do this because they think it protects profit margins of particular releases.FlamesOfGrey
All Nintendo handhelds were region free until the 3DS I believe. Nintendo are full of ****.

Actually the DSi wasn't region free; But the DSi was the first Nintendo handheld with an online store to download DSiware titles.

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#47 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

You would think after losing money 2 years in a row they would have eaten a slice of the humble pie that was served to them, but no....they just continue operating as if no other competitors exist in the world.

 

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#48 Posted by Michael0134567 (28651 posts) -

Nintendo knows what we want.

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#49 Posted by heeweesRus (5492 posts) -

Nintendo knows what we want.

Michael0134567
:lol:
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#50 Posted by DrTrafalgarLaw (4487 posts) -

Nintendo knows what we want.

Michael0134567

Kidtendo daddy'ing us so we can stay safe in a big meanie internet world and do not get harmed by weird cultures, like cultures that eat raw fish or cultures that breakfast with hamburgers. Nintendo is always acting in our best interest. You big meanies. :x