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

      • about 2 hours ago

      There is some games that I'd like to play (E.X. Troopers foe example), but never released in Europe

    • Matthew Crossman KEW, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 hours ago

      When I received my 3DS as a birthday present, I was ecstatic to have it. I knew some series were moving to the 3DS so I was quite happy. When I returned to Australia I noticed that eShop cards didn't work but I still had a credit card for the eShop. I then realized the eShop only had US postcodes and Australia was not a region I could set my preferences to. I later bought Pokemon Y for my 3DS to find that it didn't work because my 3DS was region locked. I figured out a way to buy NTSC eShop codes online but then Nintendo locked my account with a password I never even set.

      Now I am forever stuck with 5 games unless I pay around $300 for a new 3DS, ditching my save data. This practice is discriminating, cruel and just plain wrong. Nintendo is forcing its customers into a corner unless they are willing to pay hundreds of dollars repurchasing consoles and games. Having older locked consoles caused years of pain and frustration.

      Please Nintendo, stop making people like me suffer.

    • Flenn Brown CLEARWATER, FL
      • about 4 hours ago

      I want to play one piece grand battle x and the american fans need this

      • about 6 hours ago

      Consumer choice!!!!!!!

      • about 7 hours ago

      Region locking is the only feature that stops me from getting a 3DS. While I usually get my games in PAL region, a lot of JP games don't get released in EU. #NintendoRegionFree !


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