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Outlining rules for a new free-trade zone in Shanghai has seen China announce that they will lift a decade long ban on the sale of game consoles, The Wall Street Journal reports.

However, such rules will be implemented within the next three years with no guideline as yet as to precisely when companies can begin selling, and even then they must first be approved by the Ministry of Culture.

Whilst they were officially banned that didn’t mean that they couldn’t be acquired through unofficial channels, although consumers still remained to show a purchasing preference for PCs and smartphones.

Although the ban itself was implemented in reaction to the impact that games have on young people, it instead saw gaming popularised in Internet Cafes across the country – of which MMORPG’s proved a large part.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.