Why the Nintendo Wii U is region-locked? Iwata answers

28 Nov

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Being a gamer and a Japan-lover is very common, but let’s talk straight, it’s always been a bit of a pain in the ass, especially if you own a Nintendo console.

And now that we’re basically in a new generation of gaming systems, the Wii U is the only home console keeping the region-lock for its games. We’re not here to state how cool are Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for allowing you play import games, but to try to understand the reasons behind Nintendo region policy on both Wii U and 3DS (that unlike its predecessor is NOT region-free either).

A while ago, Richard George from IGN UK, asked the burning question to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s President. Here’s the answer:

“From some people’s perspective, it might seem like a kind of restriction. However, we hope people can appreciate the fact that we’re selling our products worldwide. Nintendo has “historically” worked with region-locked systems. 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 we’re 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. I hope that game fans can understand that the industry isn’t doing this solely out of business ego, there are some reasons behind it.”

Iwata, you may be right, but we still rather prefer to play any game on any console, especially when there are a lot of awesome games not coming out on the western markets.

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One Response to “Why the Nintendo Wii U is region-locked? Iwata answers”

  1. eli2233 28 November 2013 at 17:56 #

    Do you think mario is enough to save the Wii U’s future?
    Most people here seem to think otherwise…
    http://opi.cc/O6g8cKRDLb18mkC5

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