Following in the frustrating Nintendo tradition, the Wii U will officially be region-locked, just like the Wii and manufacturer’s latest handhelds. It’s not surprising news, but it continues to be disappointing.
According to Japanese magazine Famitsu:
What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played.
This means, basically, that Japanese and American games will not work on a European/Australian console (and vice versa), which is reportedly Nintendo‘s effort to curb piracy. It also means that gamers cannot import copies from overseas, either to save money or to access not-yet-localised titles.