Despite societies of the world becoming increasingly global thanks to technology, Nintendo has decided to keep its technology non-global. The company has decided to region-lock its upcoming game console, the Wii U.
For those unfamiliar with what “region-locking” is, it means that games purchased in the US will only be playable on US-bought Wii Us, and games purchased in Japan will only be playable on Japanese-bought Wii Us, etc. Annoying, right?
Nintendo confirmed this region-locking policy for the Wii U to CVG earlier today. This may not be terribly shocking to a lot of people, given Nintendo’s long-standing policy of region-locking. However, with other companies relaxing their policies on region-specific games (e.g. Sony’s PS Vita), one could have at least hoped for Nintendo to relax a bit as well. Alas, no.