Nintendo announced last week its New 3DS and New 3DS LL (the Japanese equivalent to XL). The new line of Nintendo 3DS models will feature a number of welcomed improvements that include an upgraded CPU, additional shoulder buttons, custom cover support and a small analog nub. Unfortunately, Nintendo will not be improving its stance on offering region-free devices as Nintendo confirmed with GameSpot the New Nintendo 3DS will continue the company’s tradition of being region-locked.
This means that once again, those who own the New Nintendo 3DS will only be able to play titles that are specific to their region. Of course, if you’re serious about playing foreign titles, you’ll always have the ability to import a New 3DS that can play games within that region, but having a single handheld that can already do that would be a much better option.