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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Sell the Wii U without a controller. Whoa, wait, what the what, hold up I know what you're thinking. Keep reading before you say anything OK.
Make sure the gamepad or 3DS/2DS with gamepad adapter is always mandatory for the Wii U to work.
Start with the Wii U without the controller at $250. Now put it on the box, very big bold easy to read, that your choice of a gamepad or 3DS / 2DS with gamepad adapter is required. And have more info on the back. The gamepad would be $50 when bought with the Wii U. So the minimum price would still be $300.
OR you could get a Wii U / 2DS with gamepad adapter included free when bought together for about $350 or $360. OR 3DS / 3DS XL with adapter bundle for $380. The Wii U / 3DS and gamepad adapter bundle would be about $60 less than if bought separately. Make it a good deal.
Sell the gamepad adapter for about $20 separate for current 3DS / 2DS owners. Again make it a good deal. Make what you already have work for you, Nintendo.
7.. An epic Pokemon MMORPG for the Wii U and 3DS with cross play connectivity. Real Nintendo / Pokemon fans have wanted this for years.
8.. 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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