The 3DS might have been given a price and release date today but the device is making headlines for another reason this week. Last night VG247 received word from Nintendo that the 3DS, and possible even the software, would be region-locked.
I would assume that this must be either some attempt at region locking piracy or because they realize that some regions are going to be paying a lot more (*cough* 20% European VAT *cough*) and they don't want them importing system in mass from the US to skip around it.
FYI, if you ever hear the word VAT from a politician here in the US make sure you immediately call them out for being retarded. Last thing we want is the government jacking the price of everything by 20% and trying to hide it by adding it to the manufacturer and not at the cash register.
"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."
tell me how locking out games for the users is "the best possible gaming experience"?
[citation][nom]icepick314[/nom]"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."tell me how locking out games for the users is "the best possible gaming experience"?[/citation]
they have to by a ds from that region, which gives them more money. or they are encurageing us to pirate, because i believe real time saves are possible with the newest hack ds cards, which does give a better experience.
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
special hardware and region locking is a step back just as we saw with piss-poor PAL conversions through the last couple of decades. Internet opened up for that information, and ppl stuck with pal ports feel really cheated(I at least do!). PLZ don't go back to that. Yes i can see how it would hinder piracy for 5mins longer or something, until they crack the corresponding system in each region, but it's just a PAIN IN THE ASS for legitimate users. plz don't FORCE me to pirate!