Famitsu broke the news that Wii U would be region locked. Later this was confirmed by Nintendo of Europe. This should come as a no brainier as most all Nintendo consoles have been region locked with the exception of Nintendo’s portable handhelds.
This is exceptionally frustrating for Nintendo fans who wish to play Japanese games that may never make it to America. With exception of Europe receiving good treatment over the past while in terms of getting Japanese games like Xenoblade and The Last Story, America has been faced to fight for games like Xenoblade and The Last Story to make it over to our side.
One can only hope that someday we may see a time when Nintendo decides to open up and let the western audience choose what they want to play as opposed to being forced to play western only games with the exception of the few that may get localized.