New Nintendo 3DS will remain region-locked


Nintendo have confirmed that their newly announced New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will be region-locked.

The policy prevents players from playing any localised games released in Japan, Europe and North America without a handheld purchased from the same region, and is seen by many consumers as a severe bugbear.

Despite pleads from fans to revert the decision global president Satoru Iwata assured that the policy wasn’t implemented “solely out of business ego,” naming “cultural acceptance and legal restrictions” as to why it continues to remain in place.

“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,” he reasoned. “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.”

[Thanks GameSpot]

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