News – 3DS is region-locked

January 18, 2011 by  
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Nintendo have confirmed that the 3DS is region locked. In a statement, the company had the following to say on the matter:

“Nintendo 3DS hardware is available in three versions: Japanese, American and European/Australian,”

“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. Nintendo 3DS also offers network services specifically tailored for each region.”

“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.”

“Guidance will appear on every packaging of Nintendo 3DS hardware and the accompanying software. If you are in doubt, Nintendo recommends that you only purchase Nintendo 3DS software in the region where purchased your Nintendo 3DS system.”

The official launch date and price of the 3DS is expected to be announced at an hour long 3DS presentation in Amsterdam tomorrow, which will be streamed live online from 3pm CET.

Source: VG247