Nintendo Region-Free | oprainfall

If you come to this site, you probably know that Japan gets cool games that aren’t always available in America.  It 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.


Jerry Hrechka
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 as well as on his horror podcast 1001 Frights.