New 3DS will be region locked.

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Sykikal, Sep 3, 2014.

  • by Sykikal, Sep 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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    According to GameSpot, a Nintendo representative told them that the new 3DS would be region locked. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has region locked all of their home consoles. Nintendo did not region lock any models of the Gameboy, or the original DS and DS Lite. However, Nintendo started region locking with the DSi, and has continued this trend with the 3DS.

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata stated last year in defense of region locking "There are many different regions around the world, and each region has its own cultural acceptance and legal restrictions, as well as different age ratings. There are always things that we're required to do in each different region, which may go counter to the idea that players around the world want the freedom to play whatever they want."

    A good example of a game which is impacted by these region locking policies is Shin Megami Tensei 4, which was released in North America on July 16th, 2013, yet still isn't released in Europe.

    The New 3DS is an upcoming iteration of Nintendo's 3DS hardware line, which includes improved 3DS, an additional analog stick, two additional shoulder buttons, built in compatibility for amiibo figurines, and improved hardware.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2014
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Discussion in 'Articles' started by Sykikal, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. Shadow
    What is "region lock" specifically and what's the big deal?
  2. BoldHeart
    i think it means a japanese new 3ds will be sold only in japan and work only with japanese 3ds games
    im not sure why syk is telling this to us. he must be new to region locks
    maybe he means there will only be japanese new 3ds?
  3. Shadow
    Well I think for example some games are only available in some regions and so people will import and play those games on their systems but since region lock is in place it means they can't.
  4. BoldHeart
    some people import the system to. i see vids on youtube of people playing them
  5. Sykikal
    You sort of answered your own question, but yeah, that's correct. It just means that people can only play games that come from the same region as their 3DS. So if you have a 3DS purchased from Europe it won't play games made in North America or vice versa.
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