updated 12:00 pm EDT, Tue October 3, 2006
V. Console region-locked
Considering Microsoft's segregation of Xbox Live, it shouldn't be surprising to anyone that Nintendo is region-locking the Wii's Virtual Console. Thanks Eurogamer. In other words, gamers on one continent will have to download a different version of a game from those on another. The same region-locking will apply to GameCube titles, only in that case the protection will involve a physical medium. Prior to Nintendo's announcement, it might've been hoped that the Wii would be a chance to play classic games from around the world. It seems likely that licensing issues stopped any such plans.