3DS Region locking Part II

In a statement just given to VG247, Nintendo has confirmed that 3DS hardware will come in three region-locked varieties, following rumours that the handheld would be geo-specific.

It seems that the region locking is kind of up in the air. The 3DS will have 3 region variants: North America, Japan, and PAL.

“Nintendo 3DS hardware is available in three versions: Japanese, American and European/Australian,” Nintendo told us in a statement.

“Nintendo has developed different versions of Nintendo 3DS hardware to take into account different languages, age rating requirements and parental control functionality as well as to ensure compliance with local laws in each region. Nintendo 3DS also offers network services specifically tailored for each region.”

“Additionally we want to ensure the best possible gaming experience for our users and there is the possibility that Nintendo 3DS software sold in one region will not function properly when running on Nintendo 3DS hardware sold in another.”

The part above makes me a bit skeptical about this whole ordeal. When they say it’s a possibility it may not work properly, doesn’t seem to convey the same feeling that it won’t work at all.

Nintendo also says that the boxes of 3DS consoles and games will have the warning on the box that some games “may not work properly” if they are from another region. This gives me some hope that it may not be totally region locked!

Source: VG247

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About MidnightScott
I am a huge Nintendo fan, but I also own a PS3. I love video games, anime, music, movies, and the internet! The 3DS is really awesome and I'm looking forward to playing more fun and unique games in the future.

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