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!

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

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    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.

      Thanks.

    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 Change.org!
      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

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kevin Robert BOIS-DES-FILION, CANADA
      • about 12 hours ago

      I want to play japanese and europeen game

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    • Liam Gimenez WOLFVILLE, CANADA
      • about 15 hours ago

      I want Nintendo to stop region locking because I'm a Canadian living in Hong Kong and I find it pointless why I cannot play online with other people around the world and parents of Nintendo fans should use parental controls to control what their kids play

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    • Agim Sadiku KOSOVO,PRISHTINA, ALBANIA
      • about 17 hours ago

      help me plz

      :(

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    • Agim Sadiku KOSOVO,PRISHTINA, ALBANIA
      • about 17 hours ago

      I have to be in norway to buy gemes

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    • Agim Sadiku KOSOVO,PRISHTINA, ALBANIA
      • about 17 hours ago

      i can't buy gemes on my 3ds

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