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    Wii U Will Be Region-Locked

    Though it comes as little surprise, it appears as though Nintendo's Wii U console will be region locked. The latest issue of Famitsu reports that Nintendo plans to prevent its new console from playing software outside of specified territories. A direct quote as translated on Twitter: "What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played."
    This is hardly the first time Nintendo has applied this policy. Wii and the 3DS were locked, as were some models of the Nintendo DS. Earlier Nintendo hardware featured physical differences in carts as a means for region locking.
    So... anyone planning to import a Japanese Wii U now? If Nintendo of America's strange localization timetables continue, we're not sure how long we'll be able to resist. Stay tuned to IGN for the latest details on Wii U as the system's launch approaches.
    Source: Wii U Will Be Region-Locked - IGN

    Yet another reason why the Wii-U is a joke...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Source: Wii U Will Be Region-Locked - IGN

    Yet another reason why the Wii-U is a joke...
    I have to agree with you. Region-locked consoles like the Wii and Wii U are behind the times.

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    I wouldn't even consider the Wii U to be current gen after hearing this.
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    Right guys because you buy so many games from other countries that this effects you from playing the system...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAWLZilla View Post
    Right guys because you buy so many games from other countries that this effects you from playing the system...
    It is really the principal of it. One of the main reason the Wii was hacked so quickly was because people wanted to play import games on it (games they were buying legitimately but were unable to play). On top of that Nintendo is a Japanese company and there are a lot of games that just fail to come over here and there are a lot of fans that want to be able to play those games.

    Region locking your system in this day in age is just stupid, and while this isn't something that will deter me from buying a system (there are enough reasons already in place for that) it is a reason a lot of people will not buy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAWLZilla View Post
    Right guys because you buy so many games from other countries that this effects you from playing the system...
    for the most part you are right but what if someone from the US/UK won my GDT R.I.P. Comp & wanted a Wii-U game for their prize, they would be getting a Australian Wii-U Game paperweight as it wouldn't work for them.



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    Nintendo want Wii U to be Hardcore Gamers consol of Choice, but they still decided to Region Locked it, which dump is a candidate for that title

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    If you were steadfast enough to buy multiple games from a different region, then why would you not take the effort in procuring the region's model? Because it would be cheaper to break the system and steal the game.

    I'm not seeing an issue here at all with this. It might have something to do with something we don't know about, holy crap, an assumption that doesn't accuse them of being evil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zz383 View Post
    If you were steadfast enough to buy multiple games from a different region, then why would you not take the effort in procuring the region's model? Because it would be cheaper to break the system and steal the game.

    I'm not seeing an issue here at all with this. It might have something to do with something we don't know about, holy crap, an assumption that doesn't accuse them of being evil.
    2 crappy things, there are countries like mine that have both games' regions, I don't want to check the region each and everytime I buy a game.

    Other thing, if they buy 'that region's console' then they can't buy games in their region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAWLZilla View Post
    Right guys because you buy so many games from other countries that this effects you from playing the system...
    Actually I do buy a lot of games from different regions. And secondly I also bought my daughter the FF13 edition ps3 that only came out in Japan. So having a region free console appeals to me.
    Now for the life of me, I cannot figure out why Nintendo would do this. I mean seriously, you release a next gen console (that's still pretty much very THIS gen) and you region lock it? Some concepts Nintendo are slow to learn. Which is probably why they've been half a gen behind for what 3 console cycles now?

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    Well that sucks. Not that I care anyway but this could lead again to hacking the console quickly.






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    I was going to get the Wii U, in maybe let's say 7 years, but this juts makes me forget I even thought about buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAWLZilla View Post
    Right guys because you buy so many games from other countries that this effects you from playing the system...
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    huh ... well this seems like a pretty dumb move from Nintendo

    oh well wasn't gonna get it anyways

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    You guys, it's been two days, and PS360 isn't here yet. I've started to worry, if somethings happened to him.

    This might be a problem for EU & AU gamers.... we are the most keen to be left out.




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    I thought Nintendo would have learnt how to make a successful console by now. I guess not


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    expected from nintendo. they been doing region lock lately with the original wii, 3ds and such.


    there really isn't a big list of games from japan to import really anyway since nintendo and friends just re-release it here a few months later.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    expected from nintendo. they been doing region lock lately with the original wii, 3ds and such.


    there really isn't a big list of games from japan to import really anyway since nintendo and friends just re-release it here a few months later.
    ya but when sony does it then they automatically suck.

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