Nintendo not allowing games to be rented?

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Mar 28, 2008
  1. jaxxster
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    So whilst my wiis without a modchip at the moment i decided to pop down to blockbuster with the lady to find a wii game to rent and couldnt find them anywhere. So we decided to ask the guy behind the counter and he just simply told us nintendo wont allow them to rent the games out.

    Any idea why?
     


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    Focus and concentrate on my sig.

    AHAHHAA, honestly, I've got no idea... maybe they decided they'd earn more money if they didn't allow people to rent it, which would force people to buy and/or pirate some games.
     
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    With that sig your like, a neo nazi walking in a jewish event where only jews are
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    Strange. I've heard that in the past, companies such as Sony and Nintendo were thinking about doing such a thing but I never ever heard any confirmation on whether they were actually going to do something like that...

    I can assure you that I can walk into my local Blockbuster here in Canada and rent any form of game hassle-free. This is an unusual occurance indeed.
     
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    The rental near me has wii games,but its not a blockbuster,its a small crappy rental.

    Im not sure if they still have wii games though as its been about 2 months since i last checked.
     
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    Its probably because of piracy. I can remember they stopped renting xbox 1 games at one time, for that very reason.
     
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    i doubt piracy would have that big of an effect tho, i mean its not like everyone has the correct drive to rip games and nowdays its alot easier n cheaper to grab them off the net.
     
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    the book 'game over' sheds a fair bit of light on the subject...

    Nintendo have always been anti-rental of video games and they have a
    frosty relationship with blockbuster. Nintendo believe people rent games
    instead of buying them instead of people renting games and then buying
    them.

    Nintendo lost a court case forbidding video stores from renting games
    so they went after stores (blockbuster in particular) that photocopied
    instructions booklets because it violates copyright law.

    short answer its probably a lot of hassle for stores when nintendo gets a little
    narcy about their games. Some stores may not wish to go to the trouble.
    On another note a survey shows that few nintendo games rent well...
    the first party games do well but others do not.

    maybe nintendo owners like to own the game rather than rent it..who knows!

    SHREDMAN
     
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    that book is awesome, really.
    and yeah nintendo does not allow rental, even if it's possible to do so mostly in the US. There are only a few companies across europe that allow people to rent games
     
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    Nintendo prefer rental stores not to rent out their titles ... the chains, such as Blockbuster, in the UK, follow Nintendo's wishes, as they don't want to incur the displeasure of Nintendo.
     
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    I think rental store is a good way to fight against piracy, games are not as easy to rip as music or films for example, but it's probably far more interesting to sell the game than selling a licence to a store which allow it to rent the game...

    In France, there are only very very few store that let you borrow games, and they are illegals, if you want your store to be able to rent games legally you need to have an agreement with every publisher, and guess what, most of them will laugh at you, even if it's possible to rent games on internet, or in some other European countries... >.<

    And then they wonder why people are pirating games...
     
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    I just rented a game from Blockbuster last week and returned it.
     
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    I was wondering what all of you were talking about until The Wingless posted. There are Wii games in my local Blockbuster here in Illinois. First party too. Not a good selection compared with XBox and PS lineups, but still, they're there. Still some GCN games sitting on the shelf there too.
     
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    We were not talking about renting in the US, but in the UK and/or Europe.

    Every topic does not have to concern the US.
     
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    Oh sorry. I didn't notice that most everyone was talking about the UK/Europe.
     
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    My Blockbuster also has no Wii games here, and they gave me the same (Censored!) excuse. It's a lie, period. Across the river about 20 minutes drive from my home, there is another Blockbuster that does indeed carry Wii games. Basically, it comes down to the store's rank (a form of priority) within the chain's districts in order to determine if and what games they may carry. The next time you're at your local Blockbuster, call the clerk that fed you that line an idiot or liar.

    If you're in the U.S. and want a guarenteed source to rent Wii games, go with a GameFly account. They're pretty quick on getting the games to you from experience. Just plan on using a microfiber cloth on the discs, as they always have smudges. If you are in Europe, then I'm afraid I've heard of no such opportunity to rent games via the mail. Perhaps, that would be a good business venture for someone to start up (HINT!).
     
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    I didn't think the topic would be region specific. How was I supposed to know that you even had Blockbuster anywhere than the US. I didn't know it was a global thing. Don't accuse me of being Ameri-centric. I assumed this was an open board.
     
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    http://www.lovefilm.com rent wii games , can always use them if you really want to rent some. Blockbuster near me also does not rent them , never bothered to ask why though , as the one near me is pretty sony biased.
     
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    The person at my Blockbusters said the same thing, I thought it was some bollocks about them not wanting to stock Nintendo (they pulled Gamecube support ridiculously early), but if this is true... what are Nintendo thinking?
     
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    Well in my libary i can lend wii games?
    I can lend them in a total of 1-3 months...
     

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