Stop region blocking - make the 3DS and Wii U region free

    1. Josh Stevens
    2. Petition by

      Josh Stevens

      Bottisham, United Kingdom

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.

Nintendo has been amazing in its attempts to shorten the gap in release dates between different territories (e.g. the worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Y) and we are truly grateful for that, but we don't want region-free consoles just so we can purchase and play some games earlier than usual. We want region-free consoles so that we may exercise our consumer rights to choose what games we play and to thus expand our horizons.

We ask that Nintendo please release system firmware updates that will remove region-locking from the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Wii systems.

Please sign this petition, tweet to @Nintendo, @NintendoAmerica, @NintendoEurope, @NintendoUK, @NintendoES, and @NintendoFrance with the hashtags #EndRegionLocking and #NintendoRegionFree. Post on their Facebook pages and post in Miiverse! Make your concerns known!

Stop region blocking - make the 3DS and Wii U region free

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. A Note about offensive names/comments

      Josh Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everynyan! I've received complaints of some people signing the petition with vulgar pseudonyms or messages. While this is a passionate subject, I would like to ask all supporters to be polite and courteous when signing the petition.


    3. 24,000 Signatures!

      Josh Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks a lot everyone! We've now reached a whopping 24,000! Let's keep this up!

    4. First sponsor!

      Josh Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      I just received an email informing me that a supporter in Canada has sponsored the petition so that it can be promoted to other users of!
      Thank you!

    5. Reached 20,000 signatures
    6. So many signatures! Wow!

      Josh Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      Fun fact:The number of people who have signed this petition is more than half the population of Lichtenstein .

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ruben DEssalegne HAREN, NETHERLANDS
      • 7 minutes ago

      Because my American DS limits me heavily

    • Robby Irawan INDONESIA
      • about 1 hour ago

      capability to buy the game anywhere around the world is important

    • Michael Ma HONG KONG, HONG KONG
      • about 4 hours ago

      I'm tired of limitations. I'm a Nintendo fan: I have the GameCube and the Wii, but even then I was infuriated about the restrictions on which games to get. What if a game is only released in Japan and not in America? I then can't play it, no matter how long and how much I want to play it. Region-free provides a chance for me to play games that are rare in my region. For crying out loud, I didn't buy a Hong Kong Wii because: 1) it's only in Chinese (Hong Kong is bilingual), 2) I can only play Japanese games, yet I can't read Japanese

    • Jack Daniels ESPAHOOD, CANADA
      • about 4 hours ago

      I'm always traveling and want to be able to buy games anywhere and play them.

    • Albert Engelbrecht PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 6 hours ago

      I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL limited Pokemon X and Y edition through Amazon USA because it isn't available in my country. Amazon didn't even state that the item is region locked. Please help to remove region lock.


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