“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.”
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata explains his company’s region-locking stance, asking the policy’s opponents to please understand.
It’s worth noting that Sony and Microsoft both face the same challenges, yet their respective next-gen consoles are region-free (IGN conducted this interview before Microsoft’s region-free announcement). PS Vita is also region-free.
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