The Humble Nindie Bundle is Absurdly Region-Locked
Tim Morrell |
May 28, 2015
Nintendo has recently announced they’re taking the role of Santa Claus and bringing smiles to everyone with free games on the eShop. Okay that was a lie, but it sure feels like the incoming prices for the games included in the bundle, is a steal. But there’s more to getting more bang to your buck with this promotion, the money generated behind the ‘Humble Nindie Bundle’ will go to support Code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated in expanding computer science.
Nintendo fans can acquire over eight games split across the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family of systems when they fork over a measly eight dollars to the cause. You can do so right here.
‘Choose your own price’ to get access to some of the best indie games to hit the Nintendo eShop. This is probably the smartest move for the Big N and will certainly invite even more gamers to eShop’s most memorable experiences. Gamers will be able to pick up, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Mighty Switch Force, Woah Dave!, The Fall, OlliOlli and Moon Chronicles. But if you exceed the 10 dollars asking price, you will be granted two more games in Stealth Inc. 2 and SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt, which are fairly recent.
But what’s concerning is the promotion is region-locked to people across the Americas. People outside of the territory won’t be able to contribute to the cause or receive the games at the unbelievable discount. The total value for all the games amounts to roughly 88 dollars. You are basically getting for 90% off. Fans across the world, I can hear your outcry from here. But apparently Nintendo didn’t want that to be the case for a long time. Damon Baker, who works for marketing at Nintendo of America took to Twitter to reveal it wasn’t their intention to have the promotion region-locked.
“Yep, it’s only a @NintendoAmerica deal. Tried for months to make it global but we’ll get there eventually!” said Baker.
Now that quote could be alluding to the fact the promotion could eventually be landing to other territories soon but they could also be saying that to stay on the good side of gamers. The site suggests more games are ‘coming soon!’ so if this promotion continues it could eventually (but maybe not likely before the two weeks are up) give them the chance to iron out the specifics to give fans all over the world the ability to experience these Nintendo exclusive indies as well contribute to the cause.
If you live in the Americas, this is available for only two weeks. So start throwing your wallets at the screen to get these games while they’re cheap!
Are you or going to support Code.org to pick up these games on your Nintendo platform of choice? Let me know what games you are stoked to play below.