Nintendo to region-lock the Wii U

Company kettles consoles by continent

Nintendo will implement a region lock process for its Wii U hardware, the company has confirmed to CVG.


This means that games bought in the US, Europe or Japan will only be accessible for machines built for those regions.

Region-locking devices is a longstanding Nintendo policy that has been in place across numerous games consoles including the 3DS, Wii, GameCube, N64, SNES and NES.

Platform holders Sony and Microsoft take a different stance to region-locking. Both allow publishers to decide whether they want to lock games to continents, of which in most cases they do not.

Sony's latest platform, the PS Vita, is region free.