E3 2010: 3DS Could be Region-Locked

Decision not made yet, says Reggie

With no concrete release date for the 3DS yet in any territory, gamers everywhere are already plotting which importer to go with should the machine reach their country last. Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-Aime says the company has not yet decided if the machine will be region-locked, leaving the door open for an import frenzy later this year.

Speaking to Kotaku, Mr Fils-Aime did note that DSiWare games were the first region-locked titles for the entire DS line. Whether this means it was the first step towards further region-specific games or that it was the exception rather than the rule is yet to be seen, but as soon as we know, you will know.

The interview also confirmed Nintendo's assertion that the 3DS design shown at E3 is not final hardware, although the extendable stylus is said to be entering production, and that the machine's battery life will be comparable to that of the current DS line. When asked about pricing, however, Mr Fils-Aime expertly executed a barrel roll, dodging the question completely.

[via kotaku.com]