Nintendo is Considering Not Including Region-Locking with NX Console

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We’ve learned (via NeoGAF) that Nintendo is possibly dropping region-locking with their latest game hardware, the code-named NX console.

The news comes via their latest financial results briefing, in which the question came up yet again (as it has been asked before), to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata:

“At the financial results briefing 6 months ago, you said that you would consider removing region-locking in response to a question asking about it. Could you please provide an update on the progress of that deliberation?

Iwata: Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic. However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it. You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.”

So while this is definitely not a confirmation they’re dropping the anti-consumer practice, it at least gives us some hope their mindset is moving towards a potential “yes.”

Would you guys be happy to see the end of region-locking in modern Nintendo consoles?

Brandon Orselli


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