Poll: Will Nintendo Try to Quash the Work-Around For the 3DS Region Lock?

Back in my day, Nintendo handheld gaming consoles were region free.  That's right.  If a quirky little game that wasn't being localized for North America caught my eye, I could feel free to give Nintendo money in exchange for the ability to play it to my heart's content.  Ah, those were the days!

But they didn't last.  No sir, they did not.

It started with the DSi, a revision to Nintendo's previous handheld.  It introduced region locking for titles that used DSi-specific features like the camera.

Then the 3DS launched and all 3DS and eShop titles were region locked.  And it sucks.

But users have found a way around the region lock!  Oh happy day!

But will Nintendo stand for it?  Will it bring the hammer down on the work-around and prevent fervent fans from giving it even more money?  Will it turn the other cheek and enjoy the extra income?  Maybe you think Nintendo's finally seen the light and will patch out region locking in a subsequent firmware update.

Whatever you're thinking, let us know by voting in the poll.  You can also leave a comment in the comments section or send us an email at SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com.  EZK and I will reveal the poll results and discuss your opinions on the next podcast.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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    Sora-Chan says:

    I think that they will go out of their way fight the hack atleast. Partly, and probably the larger concern, is that they would be worried that the same very hack that people use to unlock region free, could be altered to enable authorized software installation/pirating.

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    GrimCW says:

    I was thinking this too. The publishers have their shareholders so scared of piracy that they probably think the region lock helps prevent it in some way. Just like they think DRM does.

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    Cecil475 says:

    Will they stand for it? Of course they won't. This is the same company that censored the heck out of their games in the 1980's and 1990's up until the formation of the ESRB. The same company that started lawsuits with multiple companies like Galoob for the Game Genie and Blockbuster for copying manuals, and Tengen over unlicensed games. I'm sure they sued others, though I can't think of who. I won't forget what they had done to all the 'Lets Play' videos recently.

    Nintendo, just like Sony and Microsoft like their control over a the systems and games that their customers buy. And while I don't doubt the publishers have a hand in this, the console manufactures are in no way innocent. Sure Microsoft and Sony have done away with region locking, and as far as I know they haven't backed down on that. I don't think they have. Have they? But if they haven't there is nothing stopping them from region locking it in the future.

    They want to maintain control over their property long after it's been sold, and Nintendo is no different, even if it hurts their bottom line.

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    sqlrob says:

    Agreed, since Nintendo likes their control.

    What I don't get though, is why did they add region locking to the handhelds after not having it for so long?


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