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Burnburn
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(12-25-2012, 10:38 PM)
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Good job Nintendo. This is really stupid.
BlackJace
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(12-25-2012, 10:38 PM)
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This is the definition of "Because Nintendo".
Zee-Row
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(12-25-2012, 10:38 PM)
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What happens when you hook a Japanese Wii U to an American TV?
MrDaravon
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(12-25-2012, 10:38 PM)
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Realistically this is probably a complete and utter non-issue for 99.9999999999% of consumers, but it's still kind of hilarious.
Zefah
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(12-25-2012, 10:38 PM)
Region-locked controllers. So hilariously ridiculous I don't know what to do.

It's like they thought of every way they could make the Wii U an unappealing system and went with it.
metalslimer
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(12-25-2012, 10:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zee-Row

What happens when you hook a Japanese Wii U to an American TV?

TVs aren't region locked...
Pharros
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(12-25-2012, 10:39 PM)
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Well there goes my plans of collecting all the different region gamepads..
maquiladora
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(12-25-2012, 10:39 PM)
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Uh...why would they even bother putting time into doing that?

'Menu navigation is slow as hell? Oh, nevermind that, get back to work on making sure those controllers are region locked!'
donkey show
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zee-Row

What happens when you hook a Japanese Wii U to an American TV?

I have an EU one connected to a US TV and they've region locked my inputs and Freeview.

it works fine
Zee-Row
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by metalslimer

TVs aren't region locked...

I'm sure Nintendo would find a way to make their consoles detect that.
kobashi100
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
Its only a problem once nintendo start selling gamepads @ retail if they ever do. A very small % of people may pick up a gampad when traveling in another region.

Shocked that nintendo went to so much trouble though.
EmmanuelMunoz
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by GQman2121

What could possibly be the reason for that? It's not even that large of a disparity.

That's what is so weird about it. Such a small size difference makes it seem ridiculous to have to manufacture different cases.
Kagari
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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I can't see how anyone would defend this.
saunderez
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Thoraxes

How is it anti-consumer when you can't even buy one separately?

I can buy a Japanese Wii U (unfortunately Nintendo can't prevent that) and the controllers won't be cross compatible with my other console due to a seemingly needless restriction. Seems anti consumer to me.
Projectjustice
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(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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I see no reason why this would effect anyone.
LiK
(12-25-2012, 10:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Thoraxes

How is it anti-consumer when you can't even buy one separately?

they plan on selling them separately next year.
Gleethor
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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There has to be some kind of legal reason, what other purpose would this serve? Also LOL at the overreactions.
jooey
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kagari

I can't see how anyone would defend this.

I can't see how anyone would care.
Drago
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Are they really serious with this? I mean WOW

What is the point
Bgamer90
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Heh, wow. This is one of those cases in which the whole popular "...because Nintendo" line actually works. I can't think of anything else to say as to why they would do this.
7threst
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by DUFFMCWALIN

LOL. I was thinking about buying a Wii U tomorrow, but I think I'm gonna save my money. What a messed up launch its been.

So... you were planning to import a controller or something?
Mihael Mello Keehl
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kagari

I can't see how anyone would defend this.

Theres nothing to defend though.
Drkirby
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(12-25-2012, 10:41 PM)
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Well, that's annoying. Not to much of a surprise though, Gamecube memory cards were region locked too.
metalslimer
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kagari

I can't see how anyone would defend this.

Not really defensibe, but I also don't see who this affects.
An-Det
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
It wont affect most people, but it is kind of absurd that they bothered to do this.
Beelzebub
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Because it truly doesn't matter.
Gleethor
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by saunderez

I can buy a Japanese Wii U (unfortunately Nintendo can't prevent that) and the controllers won't be cross compatible with my other console due to a seemingly needless restriction. Seems anti consumer to me.

If you buy a japanese Wii U it will come with the only controller from that region that you need.
Ryoku
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by jooey

I can't see how anyone would care.

ThisIsGaf
Zeroth
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kagari

I can't see how anyone would defend this.

Too late.
EloquentM
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kagari

I can't see how anyone would defend this.

Honestly I can't see how it's not a non-issue for the majority of people owning the console.
Omikaru
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(12-25-2012, 10:42 PM)
This is beyond any expression I could possibly put into words.

There is no excuse for this. Absolutely none.
crinale
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
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I read the article. It really says that you can actually connect US controller to Japanese Wii U, or vice versa. However, the online update (didn't know it actually updates controller's firmware) recognizes the region of the controller and prevents you to progress.
ntropy
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
ColdBlooder
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by test_account

Which rules would this be? Honest question, i've never heard of different rules for transfering an image wireless.

Because you cannot transmit on the same frequency all around the world, because some frequencies are reserved to other stuff on other countries. And you actually need a certificate (At least in Germany, iirc) for stuff thats transmitting...

Donīt know alot about that stuff. But that could be a reason.
jimi_dini
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)

Originally Posted by 7threst

So... you were planning to import a controller or something?

I imported one white PS3 controller from Asia, because they didn't sell them here at that time. So if Nintendo ever releases some special controller in one region only, there would be a reason to do so.
jaz013
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
Are the trolls for Atomix.vg coming here now? J/k...

I don't see the issue since you have to buy the damn thing along the console right now. Maybe it could be a problem if one region will not carry these separately in the future, but otherwise?, what's the problem?
i-Lo
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kagari

I can't see how anyone would defend this.

Already happened in the first page.

Personally, I wasn't going to buy a WiiU anyway, but while in theory this is seems like an unnecessary high handed to approach to accomplish something (what is it I wonder) there are very few instances where an actual consumer may be affected.
Gospel
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
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I imported a Wavebird years ago because I had a bunch of playasia coupons to use.

Never had to use the word bonkers in my life but damn, this is bonkers.
18-Volt
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Since when do we import controllers from Japan? It's clear that Nintendo don't want us westerners to buy or use stuff they made for their fellow Japanese customers. We have to deal with this. It's not like price difference is a lots between regions.

Sony and Microsoft don't do thing like this, because, y'know, they don't care about Japan anymore.
metalslimer
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(12-25-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Actually the only people I can think this would affect would be people who move back and forth between regions and when 2 player support comes in on the few games that will support it, someone brings their American gamepad over to try and play.

I read the article. It really says that you can actually connect US controller to Japanese Wii U, or vice versa. However, the online update (didn't know it actually updates controller's firmware) recognizes the region of the controller and prevents you to progress.

So it actually it is a firmware issue.
wurstkind
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Delusibeta
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But seriously, aside from the standard discriminatory pricing reason (which probably sufficient for most people), I can't think of a reason why this would be too much of a problem.
Kaako
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(12-25-2012, 10:44 PM)
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Ahahah this is just, wow. Well played, Nintendo.
liger05
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(12-25-2012, 10:44 PM)
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The reason for this would be what?

I hate all the region locking but this doesnt really effect anyone does it.
TheSeks
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(12-25-2012, 10:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by Killthee

Region locked controllers!?!?!?

https://i.minus.com/iMbTrk0EVIGKz.gif

To be fair: Why not Zoidburg controllers? They already region lock their games and the online services (well, DS anyway) had region-specific matchmaking in some games, might as well go whole hog and region lock the controllers.

Originally Posted by liger05

The reason for this would be what?

To prevent us dirty importers from getting a cheaper gamepad. Wait, what?
Phoenician_Viking
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(12-25-2012, 10:44 PM)
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Ahahahahah. Locking controllers now? Hahahahahahaha.
hwy_61
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(12-25-2012, 10:44 PM)
HoHOHHHH

Oh jeez.
saunderez
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(12-25-2012, 10:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by Eric C

Yeah, I'm wondering if they use a slightly different wireless standard for each region.

Don't see how that's even an issue when every wireless router I've ever used let's me pick a region that enforces any local wireless standards (channels etc)
VeryGooster
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(12-25-2012, 10:45 PM)
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Different standards across regions for image transfer/wireless communication?

I'm not surprised by this but I couldn't care less.
dark_prinny
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(12-25-2012, 10:45 PM)

Originally Posted by Mihael Mello Keehl

Theres nothing to defend though.

But there is another reason for complain of people who doesn't even have the system and
has 0 plans to get one. But, hey It's cool to hate.

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