I’ve never been a big fan of region locking. It’s essentially DRM at its worst, an out-dated system that does more harm than good and completely unnecessary in an industry that has long since abandoned the need to play games with PAL or NTSC technology. In a world where games don;t have to be imported but can rather be downloaded with the swipe of a credit card, region locking really has no place to exist these days.
And that’s something that Nintendo has been guilty of for quite a few consoles already. Back when I had a GameCube (lovely device that, absolutely fantastic), the only way to get my hands on certain games was to pray for an import. Imports which I’d then have to unlock with the Action Pro Replay disc first each and every time. It’s been business as region-locking usual with Nintendo over the years, but it looks like they may be changing their tone on grey imports soon.
That’s according to a rumour from Let’s Play Video Games, who say that the current development kits that developers have their hands on allow for region-free game programming:
We also have two separate sources claiming that the current NX development kits are region free, and that those developing software for it have not heard anything about region locking being added before launch.
Now that’s a big step forward for Nintendo. The Japanese company are notoriously stubborn at times with design ideas, refusing to be dragged into the 21st century to compete with Sony and Microsoft. But for a console that s reportedly going to be heavy on handheld components? Region-free gaming could be another big edge that’ll have the big N swimming in various licenses to print money.
It hasn’t been officially revealed yet, but that clock for the Nintendo NX is still ticking away closer and closer to March 2017. C’mon Nintendo, we’re dying over here for a reveal already! Although I’m personally dying for a new Super Mario Bros. game that is heavy on the catsuits again, which I hope is called Super Meowrio Bros.
Last Updated: September 1, 2016