Humble respond to Humble Nindie Bundle region-lock criticism

Nintendo of America and Humble surprised the world when they announced the Humble Nindie Bundle earlier this week.

But, while the move was applauded, it has come under fire for only being available to those in North, Central and South America due to Nintendo’s imposed hardware region-lock.

Humble have moved to defuse the situation, sharing that while it isn’t ideal they may not have had the opportunity to promote the selected indie games without it.

“We recently launched the Humble Nindie Bundle, a digital bundle for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems. For many of you, the bundle is region-locked, and we apologize if the games are unavailable in your country,” wrote on their Humble Mumble blog.

“One of the reasons we launched the first Humble Bundle was to bring indie games to more people. We agree that region-locking is not ideal. But without it, we may not have had this opportunity to promote these great indie games on dedicated video game platforms.

“Our goal is to make games as universally accessible as can be. That’s why, while we strive to sell DRM-free games when possible, we also explore services like Steam, Origin, uPlay, and now the Nintendo eShop. These services allow us to offer more games at pay-what-you-want prices while raising more money for charity and reaching more gamers.

“Your feedback helps us craft our bundles, so we thank you for your input and your continued support! We will continue to strive to be as inclusive as possible to all platforms, regions, and players in the future.”

At the time of writing, the Humble Nindie Bundle has been purchased 46,711 times and has raised $430,879.07.

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

2 Comments

  1. I think you mean “defuse,” as in to defuse a bomb, not “diffuse,” which means to spread over a wide area.

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