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Iwata Addresses The Topic Of Region Locking

They’ve been a number of prominent campaigns on social media asking for Nintendo to remove region locking on its platforms, but nothing has come to light yet. Speaking to investors during the recent question and answer session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated that he is aware of the particular issue and says that it’s something the company will think hard about for future hardware.

Q4: At present, your company’s hardware and games make use of region-locking, by which games purchased in one region cannot be played in another region. Are there any plans to unlock this restriction?

A4: Iwata: The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.

Thanks, Kyle


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Super Smash Bros Wii U Release Date Pushed Forward In Europe

In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo Europe has tweeted that the release date for Super Smash Bros Wii U has been pushed forward. The brawler which was originally intended to release on December 5th will now be coming to Europe on November 28th. Good news for those gamers in Europe then.

Thanks to those who sent this in.

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Electronic Super Joy: Groove City Coming Soon To Wii U

Michael Todd has announced that he is creating a port of Electronic Super Joy: Groove City for Wii U. If all goes according to plan, the indie developer says the platformer will soon be offered through the console’s Nintendo eShop. The game contains 15 levels, several collectibles, eight achievements and 19 secrets and hidden areas. Electronic Super Joy: Groove City is already available on PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad and Android.

“A Giant Robot Stripper called JoJo has smashed Groove City! She’s angry because Dr Swinger stole her Laser-Nipples,” reads the game’s official plot description. “Help JoJo reclaim her Laser-Nipples & defeat the Evil Plans of Dr.Swinger, with the help of Pope Boris the Super Sexy!”

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The Animal Crossing Nintendo 3DS Themes Are Out Now In The US

Fancy a change of theme on your Nintendo 3DS? Well the Animal Crossing themes are now available to download on your handheld. They aren’t free, but they aren’t very expensive either, so it’s worth taking a look on the Theme Shop. They will set you back $1.99 each.

  • Isabelle at Town (Town Hall music)
  • Mable (Able Sisters music)
  • Sable (Able Sisters music)
  • Timmy and Tommy (Nookling Shop music)
  • Colourful Pattern (a.k.a. Pop Tarts, title theme music)
  • Isabelle and Bulletin Board (1pm music)

Thanks to those who sent this in.

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Shadow Of The Eternals Is Alive And Well, Here’s A Video

We all assumed it had been canceled, but IGN has uploaded a new trailer for the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness, Shadow of the Eternals. It looks as though the game is now being produced by Quantum Entanglement Entertainment. Hopefully it’s still coming to the Wii U as originally intended. We should find out soon.

Thanks, gamerprince1999 and Jester

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Here’s A Good Look At Those Amiibo Displays That Are Popping Up In The US

You may have noticed that Amiibo displays have begun popping up at your local retailer in the United States. The displays have been set up by Nintendo to educate people on Amiibo’s in a fun way and they look as though they’re working as intended. Be sure to watch the video if you haven’t already seen the Amiibo displays at Walmart.

Thanks, White Eagle

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