Nintendo Region Free 2014
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Nintendo: Stop region blocking - make the 3DS and Wii U region free

Nintendo's New 3DS will be region-locked

Nintendo's newly announced 3DS models, the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL, will be region-locked just like the currently available 3DS systems, IGN reports.

A Nintendo representative confirmed in a written statement that "the situation will be exactly the same as for the current family of Nintendo 3DS systems." The company's history with region-locking 3DS systems extends to the DSi, which launched in the West in 2009 and was Nintendo's first region-locked handheld.

Nintendo revealed the New Nintendo 3DS system earlier this month. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL feature a smaller analog "nub" above the A, B, X and Y buttons. Likewise, existing buttons have been colored to match the old-school Super Famicom controller. The hardware will also arrive with new shoulder buttons which will be situated next to the existing ZL and ZR buttons. Check out a front-on view below.

Post comments on facebook operation region free or twitter @EndRegionLock

Another campaign to end region locking for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS has begun

The call for Nintendo to end region-locking on the Wii U and the Nintendo3DS has been renewed.


Last year around E3, a huge campaign got under way in order to ask Nintendo to end region-locking. President Satoru Iwata never addressed the campaign specifically, but stated there were specific reasons why the company would not end region locking for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. Currently the Wii U is the only home console on themarket that experiences region lock restrictions, as both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are region free machines.

Members of the NeoGAF forums have revived the region-free movement again this year under the #NintendoRegionFree 2014 hashtag and across several websites. If you’re a supporter of Nintendo consoles and handhelds being offered across the world region-free, then it might behoove you to support these efforts. As stated by the main thread where the organization takes place, the goal is to get Iwata to acknowledge region-locking has more detrimental effects than benefits.

Region-locking IS a restriction, and such an anti-consumer practice has no place in luxury products. Other platform holders have dropped region-locking despite the same cultural, legal, and ratings issues.

What we want is to be able to play legally-purchased games for Nintendo platforms purchased from anywhere in the world, irregardless of any hardware region setting. If parental controls are a concern, access to out-of-region titles can simply be disabled by default and enabled by adults.

If you want to support the movement, there are several things you can do. The first is tosign this petition. Currently it has around 30k signatures and it’s the main petition to be presented to Nintendo as proof that customers around the globe want access to region-free devices.

The campaign has also set up a Facebook page, as well as a Twitter account,@EndRegionLock. If you want to contact Nintendo directly about the issue, there are several places to do so, including many official Nintendo Twitter accounts where you can let them know that you don’t want region-locking to continue. Remember to be polite and non-abusive in your requests, otherwise you’ll just be blocked.

Nintendo Twitter Accounts


The community is active on Miiverse as well, posting several drawings and posts describing how region-lock affects users directly. You can check out those posts and Yeah! them on Miiverse to let Nintendo that you the messages that the author has written. These messages are being written in the official Nintendo @ E3 Miiverse community, so be sure and check there if you want to see what people are contributing to the cause of getting Nintendo to end region-locking one and for all.

Remember, just because it doesn’t affect you doesn’t mean it isn’t a cause worth fighting for. Nintendo is currently the only manufacturer with a region-locked current-gen console.

       ‘Fatal Frame V’ Coming out on September 27, 2014 in Japan. If you hear us Nintendo, We want an English release. 

Outside of a few common phrases and numbers 1-10, my Japanese is extremely limited. This, unfortunately, made understanding the debut trailer for Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden a bit difficult. I mean, I got the gist of it: girl is lost in the woods being chased by ghosts, scary scary, atmosphere, lots of rain, jump scare, something’s behind you, etc. Now we can all have a better idea of what’s going on thanks to these subtitles.

Unfortunately, we still haven’t heard anything about the possibility of this game’s releasing outside of Japan, where it will arrive exclusively for the Wii U on September 27. (Region Free would be nice.)

Nintendo we want Fatal Frame outside of Japan.  An English patch was made for  Fatal Frame 4 Wii. Nintendo you need to lean from the Wii.

Nintendo continues to hold back games from their biggest supporters and this is no exception. It's statistically proven that games sell better in the North American market than the Japanese one. Nintendo, you need to localize this to where the money is. Failure to do so will ultimately spell further demise for your console. Wii U is already suffering a slight hold back in the console race and by holding this title "ransom" in Japan, you'll only give people more reason to not jump aboard your system. Think about it.

Why I love the Wii U!

                                                      The $299 Wii U Deluxe Dition is one of  the best deals in gaming

While the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft have beautiful graphics and a plethora of integrated online services, they're expensive — $399 and $499, respectively — and most of the games that have people excited for them don't come out until Spring 2014 at the earliest. For the avid gamer who likes a bargain, the Wii U is the best system you can buy this holiday season for a combination of great games, cool hardware, and fantastic pricing.

$299 for the Wii U and you get Zelda or Mario and Luigi for free.  All of this and a game or two for only $299.

More Games Now (Or Soon) That I Want to Play

The Wii U’s head start will be negated in a year or two, sure, yes. But a year or two is not now, and right now the Wii U has nearly 200 games at its disposal. Xbox One and PS4 could be generously described as having a “handful” of games, as long as the hands in question are tiny little baby hands.

That’s not fair, you’re thinking. And you’re right! It’s only a matter of time before Xbox One and PS4 lap the Wii U in games, including megatitle exclusives like Halo 5 and the next Uncharted. If you are a serious or even halfway serious gamer, you are probably going to want one of those titles, and you should get the console that will have it.  The Wii U might not have as many barnburner exclusive titles, but it does have the ones that I want.

Me? I’m not so serious. But I do love Mario.

Backwards Compatible

Not to mention that the Wii U — unlike the Xbox One and PS4 — is backwards compatible, meaning I can breathe new life into my old titles as well. I don’t have an extensive catalogue of Wii games, but I’m comforted by the fact that I don’t have to buy the ones I like all over again to carry them with me into this generation. Or, if I’m feeling nostalgic, I’m just five bucks away from Super Metroid. 

A Built-In Second Screen

While the Xbox One is focusing on a living room takeover — often to great success — I’m more interested in the Wii U’s GamePad, a feature that seems built specifically for a household in which the television is shared by those who sometimes enjoy a little Madden and those who don’t. Hey, that’s my household!

Other consoles are pushing second-screen elements on your tablet or handheld game console. On the Wii U, you get those features out of the box. Also for less I may add.

The Wii U’s GamePad makes it versatile in a way that the Xbox One and PS4 aren’t right now, in a way that suits my needs better than being able to talk to my video games ever would. I play games in short bursts, grabbing a few minutes here and there between work and parenting and… well, honestly, between those two very time-consuming (and rewarding!) things.

The PS4 offers some overlapping capabilities — if you own a PlayStation Vita. That’s at least another $US200, though, on top of a console that already costs $US400. I’ll take the Wii U.

The Wii U game pad is a very cool idea, bringing touch screen and two screen gaming to the living room and the big screen. Also when my selfish brother comes in the room and changes the channel without even asking, one click and I can keep playing. Sony did have remote play with the PS3 and PSP. Very rarely used as the feature was not mandatory. They only made the feature mandatory on the PS4 with the Vita and even extended it to tablets and smartphones after the Wii U was announced. Xbox even has SmartGlass for smartphones and tablets to do two screen gaming. Come to think about it Nintendo as all ways been the first to innervate with video games. They don't just give you the same game with better graphics, they make the game play better at the same time. 

Nintendo was first to make 3D games popular with the N64 and the analog stick. Sony only made the dual shock after Nintendo made the analog stick and rumble pak. The original PlayStation did not come with an analog stick or rumble. The dual shock came after the console was released.

Nintendo was first to popularize motion control with the Wii and Wiimote. Only after the Wii was a success did the PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect come out.

Nintendo was first to come out with a touch screen and two screen gaming on the DS. Sony did have the PSP but no touch screen. The PS Vita released years after the DS and does have a touch screen.

Nintendo is still the best system for families.

Like past Nintendo systems, the Wii U is a great choice for families, and especially for families with younger children. Nintendo simply has more games that are good for kids, and the gamepad only enhances that accessibility for young children.

It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean Nintendo games are easier. Quite frankly, the Zelda and Mario franchises are often more challenging than many so-called “adult” or “mature” games on the market.

But the fact remains that many of Nintendo’s exclusives remain appropriate for children, and the Wii U’s unique gamepad makes many cross-platform titles easier for kids to play. Disney Infinity and Skylanders and even Rayman Legends are more intuitive for kids on the gamepad, and can be played remotely on the smaller screen which is a nice added benefit when parents and kids (or siblings) are fighting over the TV.

Simply put, Sony has ultra-violent exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, and Microsoft has exclusive shooters like Halo and Gears of War, none of which are particularly appropriate for children. At all.

And while you can play violent games on the Wii U—Call of Duty, Batman,etc.—the system’s exclusives tend to be appropriate for all ages. Donkey Kong Country games are super tough, but there’s no blood and gore.Zelda has great dungeons and tricky puzzles, but you never pull a harpy’s wings out or cut up aliens with a chainsaw.

What I want to see with Wii U!

Could this work with the Wii U????

1.  A unified account system with purchases linked to you Nintendo ID and not the the hardware.  Why have a ID in the first place if you going to still link purchases to the hardware. Come on trusted your customers for once.  I will not buy form the E-Shop in till this is fixed,my hard earned cash is to important to me. I want the games I buy to be accessible even if the hardware breaks. I will keep buying disc games though. 

2. REGION FREE. Nintendo you know it's time. You need are money, so you can keep making high quality games. We want to buy your games, STOP restricting us. Why do you think piracy is so rampant. I know you do not encourage piracy on purpose. If you would trust us with e-shop downloads and stop restricting with region locks. I bet you more people would gladly pay for your games and not pyrite them. People are going to play the games they want to play even if it means piracy. 

3. Virtual Console subscription service. Say $50 /year. Release the entire backlog of Nintendo games form Gamecbue to Gameboy to NES for the service. Even have say one free Wii U game a moth. Something that's been out for a while, nothing new of course. For non scrubbers put the games at $2-3 each for every one but Gamecbue at $5 each. Even give other E-Shop discounts to scrubbers. Make it Unified with Wii U and 3DS. 

4. More Wii U and 3DS cross play connectivity. How about making the 3DS & 2DS compatible as a Wii U gamepad. Make an adapter to turn the 3DS into a Wii U gamepad. Basically the adapter has the extra analog stick and shoulder buttons, nfc and whatever else the 3DS does not have that the gamepad has. You could even send both screens to the 3DS for off screen play. I love the two screen play. You know give 3DS owners one more reason to buy a Wii U and vice verse.   

5. Games that use two gamepads for multiplayer. Cost is the biggest reason we don't have this yet. Make the 3DS work as a gamepad with an adapter. One more reason to buy a 3DS.

6.. An epic Pokemon MMORPG for the Wii U and 3DS with cross play connectivity. Real Nintendo / Pokemon fans have wanted this for years.

7.. Last but not least. DVD and Blu-ray playback. If cost is a problem get an open source player like VLC or M-Player and port it over to the Wii U.

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