Region locking has been the bane of many gamers’ existences, and some companies are starting to listen to the people after many years of complaints. Sony and Microsoft have both confirmed that their new consoles will be region free, but it seems that one company is being especially obstinate about this particular topic.

Nintendo refuses to remove its region locking on its consoles, something that has caused much outrage among its fan base. The outrage has gotten so high that a petition is making its way across the interwebs for Nintendo to remove its region locking on its consoles. Since its creation, this petition has garnered almost 14,000 signatures, which caused Nintendo of America to give an official response:

“Nintendo has no plans to remove region locking from our systems. By taking this approach, Nintendo is able to include parental controls and ensure compliance with regional standards and rating systems.” — Nintendo of America

Those reasons seem like pretty poor excuses to me, but the fight isn’t over. The petition is still alive and maybe the Big N will give in if enough people show support. You can sign the petition here.

What do you think? Is it time to end region locking for good? Or does Nintendo have good reason to remain all locked up?

Our Verdict

Noah Cherry
My first gaming memory is watching my older brother play Donkey Kong 64 and staring at the screen in amazement. From that point on I wanted in on the fun, and it drove me to become a gamer and took me to where I am today. I am very passionate about gaming and love the opportunity I have here to use my writing skills and combine them with this passion. Nintendo has my heart, but I expand onto all platforms, owning many gaming consoles and playing a wide variety of games. My favorite game of all time is Super Mario 64, with Okami coming in as a close second. Kingdom Hearts is probably my favorite overall series of games, and Wind Waker is my favorite Zelda game, although I believe Ocarina of Time to be the "best" one. I also loved Spirit Tracks. Aside from gaming, I am a student and heavily participate in Choir programs. I also participate in musicals from time to time, whether it be through stage crew or acting. For those concerned, I am a cat person, not a dog person.


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