Iwata Updates Position On Region-Locking During Nintendo Investor Q&A

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Region locking is a sore point for many who believe that we should be able to play software from other regions on our NTSC and PAL consoles. During the recent investors Q&A session, Iwata says that he has heard gamers cries about region locking and it’s something they are thinking hard about for the future. So while current Nintendo platforms are region locked, it seems likely that Nintendo’s forthcoming NX hardware probably won’t be. Well, let’s hope!

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.

Thanks, Colin

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