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Topic: Poll: Should Nintendo remove their regional locking for Wii U and 3DS?

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moomoo

21. Posted:

@MrWalkieTalkie The problem with his arguments is that nearly everybody doesn't buy games from other regions. We're talking about a small fraction of a single percent. And of that small selection of people, nearly all of them would be willing to wait for a game to come to their region if there's a good chance a game will come to their region. This would mean that region-locking really wouldn't impact sales in a region. Then there's the fact that most people just like having the option of being able to import without worries. I support region free greatly, but I've only ever imported two games (Tingle's Magical Ruppee Land and Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: The Endless Frontier EXCEED, the former of which is in English). I like having the option, but I don't usually import games. I know I'm not the only one with that mentality.
I also don't think he realizes how bad region-locking is for Europeans. Europe doesn't get tons of good games that the US does get, mainly because games in PAL regions have to get translated in several different languages in order to release. That results in many games, particularly RPGs, not getting released in the region (look at a bunch of the stuff by ATLUS). Additionally. it can result in compromises in the game. Take, for example, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Because of the amount of space that the different languages would take up on the cartridge, the game only had a Japanese voice track in Europe, while the US got both a Japanese and English voice track.

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22. Posted:

I'd love it if they removed the region lock on the 3DS. There are quite a few Japanese-only 3DS games that I want, but they aren't worth importing a Japanese 3DS.

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sonicfan1373

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Personally I think that Nintendo should create a region free option and have the region-locked options remain and let developers decide what they want to do with their games. I do not believe that importing games is a big business issue because not many people do it (and I think that people who do it, do not do it very often). In fact, I think that having a region-free option is a bonus to some japanese developers who only publish their games in Japan because now people in international markets will have the ability to purchase their games and help with their revenue. However, there are regional laws pertaining to games and entertainment which can potentially be broken by those who import games from other markets (technically Nintendo will not be blamed if these laws are broken because the importer is the person breaking these laws), so having the region locking option can actually protect consumers (because the consumer will not import potentially restricted games into their region and get legal action taken against them for doing so) in certain regions.

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kkslider5552000

24. Posted:

yes

because it's stupid and in reality (not in theory, keep in mind the difference) it affects no one in a particularly bad way barring what is likely your most hardcore audience possible

i think Nintendo's promise to publish more japanese 3rd party games (on 3DS at least) diminishes a lot of the annoyance I had for this policy. It's still stupid but at least they are trying something to make it more acceptable for the already mentioned most hardcore audience possible.

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DualWielding

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kkslider5552000 wrote:

yes

because it's stupid and in reality (not in theory, keep in mind the difference) it affects no one in a particularly bad way barring what is likely your most hardcore audience possible

i think Nintendo's promise to publish more japanese 3rd party games (on 3DS at least) diminishes a lot of the annoyance I had for this policy. It's still stupid but at least they are trying something to make it more acceptable for the already mentioned most hardcore audience possible.

It affects anyone who has to move regions, its not that strange of a phenomenon, we are living in a world were people move for jobs all the time, and European moving to the U.S. or a Japanese to Australia is not a rare phenomenon....

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DreamyViridi

26. Posted:

I think it's less of if they should remove region locking and more of a question of if they can. Even if Nintendo wanted to, I don't think a simple software update would do it justice. Isn't it part of the hardware that does all that region locking stuff?

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27. Posted:

LuigiMan200 wrote:

I think it's less of if they should remove region locking and more of a question of if they can. Even if Nintendo wanted to, I don't think a simple software update would do it justice. Isn't it part of the hardware that does all that region locking stuff?

sorry man I accidentally clicked report when I wanted to click reply... I think Nintendo can remove region locking by firmware update, its very unlikely that they would make the consoles themselves hardware wise....

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No worries, no harm done :)

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shinesprite

29. Posted:

Would it be nice: Yes
Will Nintendo do it this generation: NO
...of course, depending on the players' demand and the success of their competition in this regard, we may see some changes next time around! ;)

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V8_Ninja

30. Posted:

While I really don't care about region locking either way, I personally don't see any reason for why Nintendo should continue the practice.

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Tainy

31. Posted:

The whole anti-region locking attitude is completely foolish. There are very very few people who have a legitimate need non-region locked systems, and thanks to the eShop there are even less. Nintendo as a company has to meet consumer expectations and contend with economic reality at the same time. Region locking is an extremely valuable tool for Nintendo as a global company. Just look at Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It took Nintendo nearly a year to localize that game. It is completely vital that Nintendo ensure they get returns on their extremely important localization investments. Personally, between no region locking and localization, I'll choose localized almost every time.

I think people should be demanding more localization, not an end to region locking.

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kkslider5552000

32. Posted:

ferthepoet wrote:

kkslider5552000 wrote:

yes

because it's stupid and in reality (not in theory, keep in mind the difference) it affects no one in a particularly bad way barring what is likely your most hardcore audience possible

i think Nintendo's promise to publish more japanese 3rd party games (on 3DS at least) diminishes a lot of the annoyance I had for this policy. It's still stupid but at least they are trying something to make it more acceptable for the already mentioned most hardcore audience possible.

It affects anyone who has to move regions, its not that strange of a phenomenon, we are living in a world were people move for jobs all the time, and European moving to the U.S. or a Japanese to Australia is not a rare phenomenon....

true, but I've heard that brought up exactly twice. Literally the 1000s of times I've heard of this as an issue in the past few years has been about importing.

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SCAR392

33. Posted:

Even if you're in a different region, you can still access the eShop.

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DualWielding

34. Posted:

[quote=SCAR392]Even if you're in a different region, you can still access the eShop.[/quot

most countries in the world do not have access to the eshop my own country Panama does not, you cannot access american eshop without an american credit card, right now I'm lucky because there is not a credit card requirement for the Canadian eshop but I live in fear Nintendo may close that loophole one day....

Edit... I know you can try importing US eshop cards from online stores but really you should not have to go through all those hurdles to play a new game for a system you legally bought in your home country only because you are an international student in other region

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SCAR392

35. Posted:

@ferthepoet
I see. Perhaps Nintendo should allow payment through PayPal or something? I think that converts your currency automatically.
I'm thinking that is why Nintendo has region locking as well.
Xbox 360 allows payment through Paypal, but Microsoft has had that sort of deal for a long while since they work with PCs alot.
I don't see why Nintendo wouldn't be able to strike a similar deal.

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MadAdam81

36. Posted:

There's only a handful of regions. As an Aussie, if Aussie prices are too high, I can import from UK. Being able to import from anywhere else is pointless, and any NA game is also released in Europe, so I can't imagine that there would be a single situation in which any Aussie would miss out on anything, unless they want Japanese only games.

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