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Wii U GamePads are also region locked (UPDATE)

by rawmeatcowboy
25 December 2012
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UPDATE - The Japanese message above reads, "The update cannot be completed with an overseas Wii U GamePad." In other words, it seems that you can use an imported GamePad to play games, you simply can't apply firmware updates without the original.


This might be a step too far. Looks like you can only use Wii U GamePads if their from the same region as the Wii U itself. That means no Japanese GamePad use on your North American Wii U. I don't know how often this issue would crop up, but it still seems a bit silly to implement.