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Nintendo confirm that the Wii U will be region locked

Gamers have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Nintendo’s next generation console, the Wii U, and the device will make its UK debut in just a couple of months.

Many had feared that the follow-up to the Wii would be region locked, meaning that only games specific to players’ region can be played on the model, and those fears have now been confirmed.

The confirmation from Nintendo Europe will remove any last vestiges of hope that the Wii U will make room for imported games.

Nintendo Wii U region lock not a surprise

We can’t say we’re surprised by the news; successive generations of Nintendo’s home consoles have never allowed imported games.

In the past Nintendo has broken from this mould when it came to portables. Now the gaming giant has decided to depart from region free devices in earnest, by making the 3DS the first to be locked.

Region locking is a particular stumbling block for fans of Nintendo consoles, as the company is known as one of the worst for not releasing games in all territories.

Although Sony started along the same tack, they soon moved with the times and now the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita are region free.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is also technically region free, as the computing firm leaves the decision over whether games should be region free or not down to the publishers.

Nintendo Wii U games line-up

The fact that Nintendo has announced 23 original Wii U games may help to put the smile back on gamers’ faces.

Alongside NintendoLand and Super Marios Bros U, the range of titles will also include Mass Effect 3, Darksiders II, Zombie U and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

So, region locked or not, we can’t wait to get our hands on this innovative new console and try some of the awesome titles. Roll on November 30!

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