If you’re the sort of person who imports games from other regions, and were hoping to play some of the Wii U’s Japanese-only releases on your European system, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Nintendo’s confirmed to Famitsu that its upcoming console will indeed include a region lock feature, which – much like with the Wii and Nintendo 3DS – means you’ll only be able to play games that have been released in the same region as your Wii U was bought in.
“What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region can not be played.”
Hopefully this isn’t too much of a problem in the years to come; and considering various Japanese-oriented games such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper are already confirmed to be heading to the Wii U during its launch window, perhaps fans of Japanese games won’t be forced to import a second system after all. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.