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The Wii U is the only current generation console that happens to be region locked, a fact not lost on many gaming fans. The 3DS is also region locked, which can be even more infuriating. Region locking prevents importing games without importing new consoles. For us in particular, it has lead to folks in the United States not getting play any of the Tingle games or even Navi's Trackers. That may seem like a small ordeal, but consider that Fatal Frame V for Wii U may also not come stateside and it can get really frustrating. Apparently Nintendo is considering that very thing in the future, thus it could be possible their next hardware goes region free...

Today we have a little something special for our fans with our first exclusive guitar duet on our YouTube channel, featuring the talents from 72 Hours Remaining. You may remember them as the duo that did the Romance in the Air song, as they continue their Skyward Sword love by offering up ZI an exclusive. We've developed a working relationship with this now growing YouTube talent (they're over 500 subs strong since we brought them to you all). We're glad you enjoy their stuff...

Currently pre-downloading digital games has been a thing that only existed on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (some PC games too). You would buy a digital game and instead of everyone in the world trying to download it at midnight on release, it would stagger that download over several days, often a week or two, so the servers weren't bogged down day 1. This also meant that you could play the game the moment midnight struck, instead of waiting an hour or two for it to download. The Wii U and 3DS are both going to officially be offering that same pre-download service, but for now it all starts with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U...

Thanks to YouTube recently launching 60fps support for both Google Chrome and Safari, we can now see Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as we will see it on our home TV's. We have a direct feed video for you, but to watch it in 60 fps you need to set the video to HD and be using one of the two previously mentioned browsers. The video includes a few 4 player matches, some 8 player mayhem, and a slew of stages. Some of you may consider this content to be spoilery, but then again, why are you watching Smash Bros. videos otherwise...

Sakurai is well known to be extremely dedicated to his work as a video game developer. While other top minds around Nintendo, such as Miyamoto, Aonuma, and Tezuka, are almost always busy making games year round... they don't push themselves to have their fingers into every possible aspect of each game they make. Sakurai is the complete opposite - he wants to do everything himself... or at least have his hands on everything. This is well known, as he famously worked 13 months straight on Melee without a single day off. This time around he pushed himself again, which was harder...

Zelda U is slated for 2015... just like it was back during E3. It's nice seeing the timetable for the game hasn't changed yet at this point. This is according to a game release list handed out by Nintendo in there latest financial report. There are some nice nuggets in their about other future games, Zelda U still slated for 2015 is just some nice reassurance. I know some fans thought the 2015 date was too optimistic and we wouldn't get the game until 2016, typically citing evidence of previous game delays in the series...

Link is joining the cast of Mario Kart 8 next month, but it seems he timed his first foreray into racing at the perfect time to show off on the internet, as YouTube just launched support for 60 FPS videos. Currently it only supports HD videos and Google Chrome, but this is still a nice step forward for the #1 video hosting platform. Mario Kart TV is a method Nintendo has already included in Mario Kart 8 to share videos to YouTube, so it will be exciting to see all of your best Link races next month in that full 60fps. We have a sample video inside...

As of writing this, Nintendo France is streaming gameplay of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U on Twitch. It's all in French, but there is still plenty of action for those of you who can't understand what is being said. Watch it right here on Zelda Informer to experience the Smash...

Yesterday we reported that Koei Tecmo was pleased with Hyrule Warriors sales and that they exceed expectations outside of Japan, while they met expectations in Japan. At the time it seemed highly likely that the collective sales for the title had exceeded 500,000 units, but Koei Tecmo wasn't 100% sure what the sales were in North America. Nintendo self published the game in that territory, so it's on them to share any sort of sales data. Today Nintendo released it's financial report and while it doesn't give us any figures for Hyrule Warriors, it does say that it was fairly popular in the Western market, suggesting it may have done better than Nintendo thought it would...

Koei Tecmo and Nintendo's jointly created Zelda game, Hyrule Warriors, has seen a decent amount of success in its sales. In the company's latest financial earnings Q&A, Koei Tecmo was pleased to announce that sales of the game were on track in Japan and above expectations overseas. They couldn't say the exact number of copies sold, since Nintendo handled publishing in the West, but sales are looking good...