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Topic: Why did Nintendo never remove region lock on 3DS?

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Heavyarms55

The launch of the Switch being region free shows Nintendo understands that region locking was a wildly unpopular thing. And I have read that hackers have been able to remove the region lock - suggesting that it is purely a software lock. Physically I can find no differences between my Japanese and North American New Nintendo 3DS units.

If random hackers can do it - surely Nintendo could have, so I have to wonder why they didn't. Especially since they made the right choice in making the Switch region free. I would think that updating the 3DS's OS to remove region locking would have been a good way to prolong sales for a few more years. Or at least be a nice nod to their loyal fanbase.

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JohnBlackstar

Iwata said back in the day that it could technically be done, but that there were "hurdles" preventing it now that the systems have already been released locked. I would be curious what those "hurdles" are. Perhaps contracts in different regions, price setting for software was not established to meet the open model, etc....

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Heavyarms55

@JohnBlackstar Ah, contracts and pricing issues aren't things I had considered. I was purely thinking from a software and hardware perspective. I suppose that they would need to get different sorts of licensing done and changes to the business model etc...

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