Our petition to #EndRegionLocking and make #NintendoRegionFree has reached over 30,000 signatures! Sign today! http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/nintendo-stop-region-blocking-make-the-3ds-and-wii-u-region-free …
Published on Oct 13, 2014
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.
Will the title remain exclusive to Japan? Not if fans have a say in the matter!
Nintendo fans are no strangers to region-based exclusives. After all, just ask any EarthBound fan how long they’ve been waiting for Mother 3. But with Wii U sales starting to gain steam, it would seem that Nintendo would want to give every region a chance to enjoy the same great games. Unfortunately, a recent tweet from Koei Tecmo Europe seems to suggest that Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden could remain exclusive to Japan.
And regarding #WeWantFatalFrame requests, as far as we know this title is JP release only. Back to the office tomorrow FYI. #KTfamily
The company is referring to a campaign fans have started to bring the title to other territories. Fans across North America and Europe have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #WeWantFatalFrame, seemingly undeterred by the title’s current status. While these types of campaigns don’t always work, Operation Rainfall showed that fan petitions can prove successful, despite Nintendo’s protestations to the contrary. The fact of the matter is, if fans want to see the game arrive on our shores, voicing that desire simply couldn’t hurt.
This wouldn’t be the first Fatal Frame title to skip the West. The previous game in the series, a Wii-exclusive, also missed out on release outside of Japan. Still, it’s a disheartening prospect given that the survival horror genre has been quite barren on just about every platform over the last few years. At the very least, the game would provide some strong diversity to the Wii U library. Nintendo has always struggled with the “kiddie” stereotype, and a game like Fatal Framecould only help dispel that notion.
Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden was released in Japan this past weekend. Stay tuned to Nintendojo where we’ll keep you updated on any news of a domestic release.
Post comments on facebook operation region free or twitter @EndRegionLock
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.
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.
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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