Wii U Is Region Locked

Nintendo UK have officially announced that their upcoming Wii U console will be region locked, meaning you will not be able to play imported media from overseas.

No surprise here as this was the same story for both the 3DS and Wii.

The news appears via a Twitter status from Cheesemeister: “What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played.”

Thanks, Nintendo, for now encouraging potential software hacking and driving away loyal customers.

Marco Prinzi