Not that anyone should be surprised, but the recent Famitsu news stated that the Wii U will indeed be region locked. Some people were holding out hope that Nintendo would make it easier for games to be played on the system regardless of region, but that seems to not be the case. No one should be surprised since all Nintendo consoles are region locked in some way. Though, that region locking scheme my be easy (a la N64) or difficult (Wii). It’s a shame that pretty much only Sony has an open system with regards to region and it looks as if that will still be the case even after the Wii U is released.