2 posts tagged region locking
Nintendo’s first multi-region 3DS cartridge ⊟
A Thanksgiving twist to the Nintendo 3DS’s region-locking! So, yesterday the company announced this odd app, Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre, which releases to various regional eShops on December 2 for $19.99. It also intends to sell a cartridge version at the titular Parisian museum.
There will be two cartridge versions available: one for Japan, and another English edition purportedly for North America, Europe, and Australia. That’s notable because it could indicate 3DS’s region-locking is handled on a cartridge-by-cartridge basis, instead of a general hardware restriction. Of course, none of this matters if Nintendo never allows other multi-region releases — obvi Mona Lisa here knows that, hence the smirk.
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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.