Nintendo Confirms Wii U Region Locks

Those of you hoping to get your hands on import games for Wii U -- and actually have the ability play them -- are out flat out of luck. According to a recent report, Nintendo has confirmed that the upcoming Wii U console will in fact be region locked.

Apparently, Nintendo confirmed the decision while speaking with CVG, meaning that games purchased in the US, Europe or Japan will only be playable on consoles built for those specific regions.

The news doesn't really come as much of a surprise. Though many had hoped Nintendo wouldn't implement region locks on the new console, it's something the company has done for nearly all of their gaming devices in the past – NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii and 3DS. The only Nintendo device that made it to retail without a region lock was the DS.

Other game console manufacturers take a slightly different approach to region-locking than Nintendo. Rather than locking the actual consoles to software made for a particular part of the world, Sony and Microsoft let developers decide if they want to region lock their games. Sony's PS Vita, for example, is completely region free.

[via CVG]

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