When Nintendo announced its newest 3DS revisions last week, many remained hopeful that the company would eliminate its region-locking policy that began with the Nintendo DSi. Today, the company gave clarification on the rumors that may leave some disappointed.
Speaking to GameSpot, a Nintendo representative confirmed that the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL (or LL in Japan and Europe) will feature the same region-locking measures seen in previous 3DS models. This means that Japanese systems will only play Japanese games, American systems will only play American games, and so on. Prior to the Nintendo DSi, no handheld Nintendo systems restricted access to imported games, which made it easier for players to experience games in other languages that may not have been available in their home country.
Many have been disappointed by Nintendo’s stance on importing games since it implemented handheld system region locking in 2008. Does the news of its continued policy disappoint you, or do you believe that it needs to stay? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.