In a recent interview IGN asked to Perrin Kaplan, (vice president of marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America), about the possibility of Nintendo Wii Region Free.
The 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: 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.
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Maybe I’m missing something, but where does she state that the Wii is region free? All I get is a “maybe”…
True. She didn’t sound very straight-out. In other words, unsure.
Frankly, that looks like a confirmation that the Wi-Fi Connection on the Wii will be region free. As in a kid in Tokyo can play a game with a kid in New York, and with other people in London. It looks like she was specifically avoiding talking about region free software, which given Nintendo’s history on protecting their software, seems unlikely that the discs would be region free
This does not mean it will be region free. She was only agreeing that the ds being region free helped contribute to its success. You can’t carry that over and say she said that about the wii.
Then she says “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.”
Still nothing about it being region free. So please don’t put your own opionion off as fact.
iv just brout a GOLF GTI so there
I don’t understand anything?!?!? it will be 100% Free the Nintendo Wi-Fi conection, in ALL the world???? Yes or not??
of course wireless connections will be free! nintendo would be stupid to charge.. ::looks over at microsoft with their xbox360..::