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Forget About Imports, Nintendo to Region-Lock the Wii U

Posted on September 24, 2012 AT 04:34am

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Nintendo has revealed that the Wii U will be region-locked once it releases this November, so those of you who had plans to import certain games are fresh out of luck.

This means that games bought in the U.S., Europe, or Japan can only be played on a machine from the same region. The majority of Nintendo’s past hardware has been region-locked so it’s no surprise that the Wii U is also, however with both Sony and Microsoft allowing developers to choose it’s odd that Nintendo would decide to force the option.

Of course this is only an issue if you enjoy playing games that don’t always get a release in your territory or come out earlier in another.

Is region locking an issue for you? Is it a bad move by Nintendo? Share your thoughts below.

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