Nintendo recently offered a statement to VG247 that confirmed rumours of 3DS software being locked to only play on a 3DS bought in the same region. Nintendo stated that “Nintendo 3DS hardware is available in three versions: Japanese, American and European/Australian. Nintendo has developed different versions of Nintendo 3DS hardware to take into account different languages, age rating requirements and parental control functionality as well as to ensure compliance with local laws in each region. Nintendo 3DS also offers network services specifically tailored for each region.”
“Additionally we want to ensure the best possible gaming experience for our users and there is the possibility that Nintendo 3DS software sold in one region will not function properly when running on Nintendo 3DS hardware sold in another,” so says the big N. But is this the end of importing foreign games on our handhelds? Not so according to CVG who stated that “the platform holder is so far refusing to outright commit that all software will not work on a different region console.” Fingers crossed we’ll get a solid answer on the matter from the 3DS press events held in Amsterdam and New York tomorrow.