Fans plead Nintendo to end region-locking
With Sony confirming that the PlayStation 4 will be region-free, and Microsoft reversing their Xbox One policies to see their next-generation console match their competitor, Nintendo stands alone in their region-locking pursuit.
Fans have taken it upon themselves to petition the company to address this, whilst thanking them for shortening the delay between release dates worldwide.
“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,” the petition reads.
“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.”
It closes, “We ask that Nintendo please release system firmware updates that will remove region-locking from the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Wii systems.”