Region Locking News

News: Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon According to Nintendo

Region-Locking May Be a Thing of the Past Soon According to Nintendo

Unlocking business benefits

During the Q&A session which followed the Nintendo of Japan's investor briefing last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata indicated that Nintendo are reconsidering the unpopular policy of region locking on its consoles. An unofficial translation made by the ever-reliable Cheesemeister on NeoGAF turned up the...

News: Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

Nintendo Region Locks Consoles To Get More Hardware Sales, Says Mitchell Corp Boss

"They want more people to buy their hardware"

Mitchell Corp founder Roy Ozaki thinks that Nintendo's region locking policy has more to do with shifting additional units than it does with controlling releases in different territories. While Nintendo has always exercised some kind of regional lock in its home systems, its portable devices have...

News: Sorry, Contrary to Rumours the New Nintendo 3DS Will be Region Locked

Sorry, Contrary to Rumours the New Nintendo 3DS Will be Region Locked

Hardly surprising

In recent days a rumour, with no substantial source beyond hearsay, has been doing the rounds that the New Nintendo 3DS systems would be region free. We declined to report the rumour due to the lack of compelling proof, but nevertheless checked up in order to clarify the situation; as some may be contemplating pre-ordering a...

News: Wii U And 3DS Developers Share Their Thoughts On Region Locking

Wii U And 3DS Developers Share Their Thoughts On Region Locking

"Region Locking is a self-damaging form of DRM"

Region locking has been something of a hot topic recently, with both Sony and Microsoft confirming that their next consoles would be region-free, allowing buyers to play games from anywhere in the world. That means that Nintendo is the only one of the "big three" which continues to utilise region locks...