Originally Posted by Zombie James
People should care when anti-consumer practices like this come up. Same with license agreements that try to strip you of your rights and DRM that locks you out of content you've bought. Anyone can brush off these things if they try hard enough ("I'm connected online all the time so it doesn't matter if I can't play this single-player game with an internet connection!"), but these are issues everyone who puts down cash for games and systems should know about.
Fair enough, but this of all things is incredibly minute in terms of being "anti-consumer". You can't even purchase a GamePad separately from the console, for crying out loud. When you can, maybe this will be amended -- as someone said, the GamePad can connect to the console, it just detects the wrong region on a software level and rejects it once you've booted the system up.
If people are going to start a fuss about Nintendo's anti-consumer practises, how about something that actually affects someone? Like, region locking of software, for one thing.