Nintendo’s Next Console May Be Region Free

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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If you come to this site, you probably know that Japan gets cool games that aren’t always available in America. ┬áIt can be especially frustrating for Nintendo games, because it means not only importing the game, but, due to region-locking, you’ll also have to pony up for a Japanese Nintendo console that can play it. These are only the very reasons that this site exists, after all.

Well, there’s some potentially good news on the way. Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, is “internally analyzing what hurdles exist to lifting region locks” with the new console — currently titled the NX — though he also added that the company as settled on “nothing concrete at the moment.”

It’s hard to say for sure what the large-scale business effects would be, but making games easier to purchase and use across continents would certainly incentivize people to make purchases that they hadn’t before, so it could very well behoove Nintendo to give this path serious consideration.

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Jerry Hrechka is a writer and journalist. He was born in the Catskill mountains and now resides in Georgia, still trying to work out how exactly that happened. His work can also be found on nerdstock.com as well as on his horror podcast 1001 Frights.




  • Region-free games does not mean localized games. Even if I love a Japanese game, I will not play to it until it will be localized in French or in English. I want to understand games I play and I do not understand Japanese.

    As for region-locked games, it was not a really a problem on Wii U except Dragon Quest X.

  • Steven Shemwell

    couldn’t they just import the console and not get an english one if they don’t care about their games being in english o_O

  • Lord Ackercocke

    I hope they do.

  • Razorfall

    playing japanese games on your console that never got localized: Yes, please!

    playing english games on Japan exclusive special edition consoles: HELL YES