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Nintendo Hardware Could Become Region-Free in the Future

Posted November 3, 2014 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in News

Region-coded hardware has always seemed to be an issue for Nintendo gamers everywhere, but according to something that was said recently by Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata, that may be about to change – or at least it’s being considered.

For those who may still be in the dark as to what “region-coded” means, it basically means that if I buy a 3DS or Wii U game from Japan, it will not play on my North American Wii U. Games and hardware are region-coded, making them useless in other regions outside of their own. In the past, Nintendo has had their consoles and games region-locked, but now Nintendo is seeing that it may very well be beneficial to them to make them region-free.

In a recent meeting with investors, Satoru Iwata made the following statements:

“The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization 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, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers.”

“As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.”

I really hope Nintendo goes through with it, as it could mean many more gaming possibilities for us Nintendo fans. I don’t know about you, but if this actually happens, I’m so getting Fatal Frame for the Wii U, since we’ve been told that it most likely won’t be released here in North America.

Source: VG24/7 

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About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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