Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

September 2, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

UPDATE: Never mind.  Nintendo has confirmed that the New 3DS will be region locked.

ORIGINAL STORY: Last week, Nintendo announced a new 3DS with a faster processor, more buttons, a second analog stick, built in NFC, better 3D and a few other features.  Nintendo calls it...

The New Nintendo 3DS.

Say, do you like rumors?  Here's a fun one!

In other words, rumor has it that the New 3DS will be able to play software from any territory, a luxury Nintendo handheld gamers enjoyed from the original Game Boy to the DS Lite.  Ah, those were the days!  See a game you like?  Buy it!  Nintendo would happily take your money.

These days, Nintendo is the only one who still region locks its consoles.

So, what do you think?  Nintendo has been making slow but steady strides in a number of areas.  Will it abandon the archaic practice of region locking with its new iteration of handheld?  Vote in the poll and let us know!

Come back to GamePolitics on Saturday night at 6p PST and watch the live stream of Super Podcast Action Committee.  EZK and I will reveal the poll results and discuss this topic along with all the other interesting things that happen this week.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

The optimistic part of me says yes, in fact I'd like it to, however, the realistic part says probably not.

Re: Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

Xbox games can be region locked though.

Re: Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

So can Sony games.  What's your point?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

Yeah, NintenDomination isn't exactly a credible source, given what I've heard. It's not going to happen.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

Seems a rather irrelevant point to bring up.  As far as I've seen, no one's using him as a news source.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll: Will the New Nintendo 3DS Be Region Free?

Hackers have proven that it only takes a patch to make the original 3DS region-free. So, if Nintendo wanted to, they could already do this with current consoles. They may be waiting to make a big announcement for it though, and this may provide them the excuse they need. Though it'll be a real dick move if this only applies to the N3DS.

 
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