Nintendo has been under fire form fans because of it’s systems region locking, with the next gen consoles PS4 and Xbox one becoming region free a Nintendo one fan has started a petition asking Nintendo to the same. The fan acknowledges Nintendo’s attempts of shorting the gap in release dates between worldwide, but asks if for the Nintendo to open the 3DS, Wii U, and Wii systems region policies to free.
“Following Microsoft’s U-turn on its DRM policies, including making the Xbox One region-free alongside the PS4, Nintendo is now left as the only major console manufacturer that maintains a
region-locking policy. This practice is restrictive to customers, including those who enjoy playing foreign games not available domestically, speak foreign languages, serve in the military, or otherwise travel or live abroad. If anything, region-free policies encourage the additional sales of legitimate software that cannot otherwise be obtained in a given country; the money would still go to Nintendo, the developers and the distributors behind each game.
Nintendo has been amazing in its attempts to shorten the gap in release dates between different territories (e.g. the worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Y this October) and we are truly grateful for that, but we don’t want region-free consoles just so we can purchase and play some games earlier than usual. We want region-free consoles so that we may exercise our consumer rights to choose what games we play and to thus expand our horizons.
We ask that Nintendo please release system firmware updates that will remove region-locking from the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Wii systems.“
The petition is a note worthy cause and should be backed up by gamers, all the petition is saying is that we all should have the freedom to play all games worldwide. I personally like playing the Japanese imports based on popular Anime’s such as the One Piece Pirate Warriors series and upcoming Macross 30: The voice That Connects The Galaxy for Ps3.
If want to sign or view the petition click here