If there’s one thing that’s a bummer about import games, it’s region locking. There’s nothing worse about seeing an awesome game released in another country only to realize you won’t be able to play it and that it won’t be localized. While other console manufactures have begun to come around on region-locking, Nintendo has stayed true to their guns with the Wii U being region locked. That could all change soon.
During an investor Q&A, Iwata was asked “At the financial results briefing 6 months ago, you said that you would consider removing region-locking in response to a question asking about it. Could you please provide an update on the progress of that deliberation?”
Iwata answered “A7: Iwata: Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic. However, regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it. You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.”
While that’s not an official confirmation, it seems clear that Nintendo is heavily considering making their next console region free, which is great news for gamers worldwide.
Thanks to NeoGAF for the translation.