Wii U region coding (??)

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#1 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

So does anyone know if the Wii U will be region free? I doubt it will be, but just curious...

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#2 Posted by Bocam (4099 posts) -

it will be

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#3 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

But does anyone have any facts on this?

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#4 Posted by Gamer_152 (14513 posts) -

This is one of those delicious situations where one of the top results on Google is this thread. Everything apart from this seems to be threads asking this question, where a lot of people give sure answers but nobody seems to be able to provide a source for what they're saying, or stuff about the region encoding on the original Wii. I think the answer is most likely that nobody knows for sure what the situation will be with region locking on the Wii U and that if they do that information is buried pretty deep. With the long history of Nintendo choosing the forms of physical storage for their games that give them the most control though, I'd speculate that the Wii U will most likely be region locked.

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#5 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

@Gamer_152 said:

This is one of those delicious situations where one of the top results on Google is this thread. Everything apart from this seems to be threads asking this question, where a lot of people give sure answers but nobody seems to be able to provide a source for what they're saying, or stuff about the region encoding on the original Wii. I think the answer is most likely that nobody knows for sure what the situation will be with region locking on the Wii U and that if they do that information is buried pretty deep. With the long history of Nintendo choosing the forms of physical storage for their games that give them the most control though, I'd speculate that the Wii U will most likely be region locked.

Yeah how strange ... Googled "Wii U region coding" and found my own thread. I mean if the Wii was and the 3DS is too I can only assume Nintendo will stay nice and backward and keep it region locked. I might e-mail Nintendo customer support or something, see what they say.

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#6 Posted by Daiphyer (1511 posts) -

I bet it will be region locked.

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#7 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -

I'd wager it will be region locked as Nintendo has always done.

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#8 Posted by Firepaw (3073 posts) -

I'd say play it safe and assume that it is region locked.

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#9 Posted by Vextroid (1543 posts) -

The Wii is region locked and so is the 3DS. So it's a pretty safe bet the WiiU will be too.

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#10 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2167 posts) -

It's a mathematical certainty.

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#11 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4941 posts) -

region locked...but there will be methods around it very soon after release.

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#12 Posted by DeF (5388 posts) -

@Bocam said:

it will be

@WilliamRLBaker said:

region locked...but there will be methods around it very soon after release.

both of you are just guessing.

but going by past Nintendo systems, William is probably right except for the fact that due to the online integration, "hacking" it will probably fuck you over in terms of going online with the system.

I really hope they get rid of the region coding for Wii U games, though ... region coding is the worst thing about physical media and needs to disappear forever since it's 100% anti-consumer!

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#13 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

This forum post is still on the first page of Google if you type in "will the wii u be region locked" ... .... :L

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