Nintendo region-free petition secures over 12,000 names

By Dave Cook
3 July 2013 12:15 GMT

Nintendo is being asked by protesters to remove region restrictions on Wii U and 3Ds, as part of a campaign that has secured over 12,000 petition signatures.

The petition is called “Nintendo: Stop region blocking – make the 3DS and Wii U region free”, and can be found here.

Started in the UK, the petition has now gained 12,188 supporters, and needs 2,812 more for Nintendo to acknowledge it.

The petition’s preamble reads, “Following Microsoft’s U-turn on its DRM policies, including making the Xbox One region-free alongside the PS4, Nintendo is now left as the only major console manufacturer that maintains a region-locking policy.

“This practice is restrictive to customers, including those who enjoy playing foreign games not available domestically, speak foreign languages, serve in the military, or otherwise travel or live abroad.

“If anything, region-free policies encourage the additional sales of legitimate software that cannot otherwise be obtained in a given country; the money would still go to Nintendo, the developers and the distributors behind each game.”

It calls on Nintendo to drop its policy and allow region-free gaming across all current formats.

What do you make of the above? Will you sign it? Let us know below.

Thanks CVG.

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