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Region Free Wii?

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In a recent interview with IGN Perrin Kaplan, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Nintendo of America, was asked about the possibility of making the Wii region free like Nintendo decided to do with the DS. In the answer she hints at the possibility of this happening but dodges the main point of the question by not giving a definitive answer. Here is her answer in full;

This week’s question: The DS has been an overwhelming success. Are you looking into using the same fundamentals — like, for instance, its region-free standard — for Wii?

Perrin Kaplan, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America: Clearly, the success of Nintendo DS has offered a lot of lessons about what works in the marketplace — and we certainly intend to keep our fans satisfied. For the Wii system, we are finalizing all the relevant details and will be making announcements in the coming months. We know that isn’t what you all want to hear (or read) but at least we are being honest! We will share a lot of ways people can play globally, regionally, without boundaries. You’re right that the region-free approach has proved to be a successful and attractive feature for Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on Nintendo DS — we have even blown the doors off our own anticipated numbers! Cost, ease-of-use and player privacy are the three things that were a focus for us with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Those priorities also will apply to the Wii system.


2 Responses to “Region Free Wii?”  

  1. 1 James

    I hope it does end up being region free, because it means that I’ll be able to order cheaper games from America, and if some games are only released in Japan then I could buy them as well.

  1. 1 Wii Ouendan :: Wii is likely to be Region Free


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