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Is a Region-Free Nintendo NX on the Horizon?

New Nintendo project, Nintendo NX, could be region-free

Nintendo have been pretty adamant about keeping region protection on their consoles in the past, and that extended to their handhelds with the arrival of the 3DS – a fact which has been particularly annoying for 3DS collectors as typically Japanese consoles are much cooler than those released anywhere else in the world.  However, some news has come to light that Nintendo’s stance on region-locking may change for its newest project, the Nintendo NX.

During a recent investor meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had this to say:

“Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic. However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it. You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.”

Whilst this isn’t a definite answer one way or the other, it does give us some food for thought about what form the Nintendo NX will take.  If it’s something that could be region-locked, but may not be, what sort of technology do you think that would be?  Are we still thinking it might be some kind of mobile device?  That would certainly align with Nintendo’s desire to break further into the mobile market.  I guess, like always, it’s a matter of ‘wait and see’.

News courtesy of NintendoLife