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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’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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  • Source japanese3ds.com

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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  • Source ign.com