In unsurprising news, Nintendo has announced that the Wii U will be region-locked, preventing customers from playing games imported from other territories.
"What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature," reported Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu in their most recent issue. "software not sold in the same region cannot be played."
This is keeping in line with Nintendo's previous policies for the Wii, 3DS, and DS, though it'll be sure to upset gamers who were unhappy with Nintendo's policies regarding Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower, the trio of Wii-exclusive RPGs that initially were not planned to come stateside, prompting the "Operation Rainfall" movement from last year (Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story have since come to the U.S.).
In any case, hopefully the Wii U will see better support for foreign titles.
Source: Famitsu via IGN