Nintento Considering Dropping Region Locking In Future Consoles

By Mike Sousa on November 3, 2014, 3:26PM EDT
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Region locking is slowly becoming a thing of the past, despite this, region-locking is a feature that's still present on consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U. Luckily for players, Nintendo is considering dropping the region locking in future consoles "for the benefit of the customers."

"The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localisation among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata during a Q&A.

"Region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers' side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us.

"Unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can't say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realise that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future."

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Source: NeoGAF

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