Cubed3 Exclusive Update - Speaking with a Nintendo representative today, Cubed3 received the official response it had been looking for straight from Nintendo's Japanese office. Here is what we found out:
Will gamers outside Japan be able to get Japanese games for the Virtual Console?
"Virtual console games will be region locked. For example a European Wii unit cannot download VC software from the dedicated Japanese site."
Will those games be made available on our version of the shop then?
"We have not made any announcements about the Virtual Console launch line-up."
So there we have it. Unless Nintendo chooses to add an option to pick Japanese games from the actual European VC shop, then it looks like we will be missing out on many of the classics we were all looking forward to.
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Original Story - With various questions being left unanswered, such as whether region locking would apply to GameCube games and Virtual Console games, Nintendo UK have spoken up to confirm that the Wii's region restrictions will inevitably extend to the GameCube and Virtual Console line-up.
Speaking to EuroGamer" target="_blank" class='fmlink'>http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=68306]EuroGamer this morning, the company confirmed that region restrictions will apply across the board, as expected. Essentially software bought an NTSC region (Asia, Americas) can not be played on a PAL encoded Wii (Europe/Australia).
Unfortunately, Virtual Console games won't be universal either; games previously released in Europe will be the only ones hitting the European line-up, the same applying to other regions. So if a classic didn't hit your region, don't expect it to make a virtual console appearance near you soon.
The report also confirms that Nintendo Europe expect to release RGB and component cables in the region that are priced according to the current models.
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