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Old 06-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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Campaign to make the Wii U region free

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With Microsoft reversing all its content control policies on Xbox One, and Sony already planning a region-free PlayStation 4, Nintendo is insisting on keeping all the territories separated on Wii U. Fans are now taking the platform holder to task.

Cheered by recent efforts to appeal to Microsoft and Sony, gamers around the Web hope to convince Nintendo to abandon the outdated notion that we're no longer a global market, and get it to stop region-locking its sytems. In a post on NeoGAF, a massive list of Miiverse posts have been cataloged, as users take the pleas direct to Nintendo's proprietary social network.

Naturally, Twitter is a big part of the activity, with the hashtags #EndRegionLocking and #NintendoRegionFree being used, alongside an official Twitter account for the campaign, @EndRegionLocking. Posts on Reddit are being made, and the obligatory petition is all up and ready.

I lived in Britain before Nintendo paid real attention to it, waiting up to a year for games already out in the rest of the world. It was bloody inane, and the fact Nintendo fought against importers sent a message of contempt toward PAL region gamers. It's even worse when, on a system hurting for games, Nintendo keeps certain games locked squarely away in specific regions.

Region locking feels like a system of antiquity in a global market, so if the near-impossible can be done and Nintendo can be reached, I say go for it!
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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I'd like the 3DS to be region free too. I'm still waiting for 3 games that have already been released in the US and not the EU.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:18 AM   #3
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Oh hell yeah. Then perhaps the marketplace here could thrive a bit more too. And friends here lending games internationally wouldn't have a problem. Where do I sign?
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Nintendo's always been one step behind the curve. Online gameplay wasn't a major focal point until the second year of the NDS' lifecycle, and even then it was by no means a great system, as the Friend Code system was probably the single worst system designed to play with friends online. DLC was a system not implemented until they introduced it with NSMB2. The Wii U pales in comparison to its next-gen kin, using tech that could be found in the seventh gen.

Nintendo being behind the curb doesn't make them bad; I mean, they have a stellar line-up of games that clearly make up for their other hiccups. But being behind has been their business model since at least the fifth generation, with the N64. So them keeping region-locking in place, despite the outcry to, heh, unlock the region-locking, is par for the course.

The thing is, Big N's gotta learn that at some point, being behind the curb isn't gonna be cute any more, and no one's gonna buy into what they're selling. They need to change their game, get with the program, and get on top.

So to the topic, good luck to those wanting Nintendo to change their stance; I don't see it happening any time soon, but I'm pulling for ya.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:31 PM   #5
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Definitely a good thing, hopefully it happens.
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