New Nintendo 3DS confirmed to be region-locked

Nintendo takes many steps forwards with the New Nintendo 3DS, but still takes on step back with region-locking.


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.

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    September 4, 2014 7:45 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, New Nintendo 3DS confirmed to be region-locked.

    Nintendo takes many steps forwards with the New Nintendo 3DS, but still takes on step back with region-locking.

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      September 4, 2014 10:49 AM

      Another instance of Nintendo refusing to let go of the past.

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      September 4, 2014 10:51 AM

      Well, they're doing really well right now, so definitely a good time to lock down their consumer base.

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        September 4, 2014 11:45 AM

        All the 3DSs are region locked, which is odd, since the DSs were not.

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        September 4, 2014 2:07 PM

        I definitely don't want to start a flame war, but Nintendo isn't doing so great right now due to the Wii U. The 3DS, on the other hand, has been doing exceptionally well for a few years now.

        P.S. I own both the 3DS and Wii U.

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      September 4, 2014 10:58 AM

      I'm really curious for their reasoning on this. I can't image it necessarily makes Nintendo more money for doing this. It has to be a publisher thing. So, N is feeling the bite in their profits so they're caving to publisher to bolster support for the newer hardware rev? I guess there's some logic in that. Not good long-term strategy though.

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      September 5, 2014 6:00 AM


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