A petition set up by frustrated gamers in support of removing the region-locking features on Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS systems, following the unveiling of region free PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems, has reached more than 10,000 signatures.
The campaign, headed by NeoGAF member Cheesemeister3K, was created at the start of June. It's petition on change.org earlier this morning reached the 10,000 signature mark, on top of people tweeting with hashtags #EndRegionLocking and #NintendoRegionFree and a large amount of drawings promoting the campaign on the Wii U's Miiverse service.
As the petition states, "Nintendo has been amazing in its attempts to shorten the gap in release dates between different territories (e.g. the worldwide launch of Pokémon X and Y this October) and we are truly grateful for that, but we don't want region-free consoles just so we can purchase and play some games earlier than usual. We want region-free consoles so that we may exercise our consumer rights to choose what games we play and to thus expand our horizons."
We've asked Nintendo UK, Nintendo of America and Nintendo Australia for comment. We'll let you know what they say.
UPDATE (3/7/13 - 16:31 AEST): Response from Nintendo of America
"Nintendo has no plans to remove region locking from our systems. By taking this approach, Nintendo is able to include parental controls and ensure compliance with regional standards and rating systems."