Nintendo Explains why Wii U, 3DS and Wii will not have Free-Region Locking

Nintendo won’t make their hardware region free

Posted By | On 04th, Jul. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @Rengarious


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Many fans have been asking Nintendo to make their hardware region-free. However, Nintendo blames the legal region policies and explained the reasons why it won’t be happening. This is a disadvantage for Nintendo, due to the fact that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are both region-free.

Here is an interview with Iwata and IGN from E3 2013 in June.

“From some people’s perspective, it might seem like a kind of restriction. However, we hope people can appreciate the fact that we’re selling our products worldwide.”

“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. 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,” Iwata continued.

“I hope that game fans can understand that the industry isn’t doing this solely out of business ego,” Iwata said. “There are some reasons behind it.”

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  • hamidious01

    As a Nintendo fan, I have to say this is all marketing BS and lies Mr Iwata.
    Others are already doing it, Sony is doing it, the PC is region free. You can have rules on retails regarding age ratings etc without region locking your hardware-software. You just do it to make more money by charging more for games in different regions and to keep your old ancient ways (Nintendo should evolve or it is doomed).


 

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