Nintendo 3DS Will Have Region Lock

If you own a previous DS, or even a DVD player, you will probably be familiar with the concept of region locking. Companies divide the world into regions and ‘lock’ games or DVD’s for one region, so that content can only be played there. This is mainly because it allows the companies to sell the content for a higher price where possible, or a lower price somewhere else, without smart buyers purchasing their media from cheaper locations.

It has now been confirmed that the 3DS and it’s games will be region locked. So if you can’t wait for the newest 3DS game, that has already been released in another country, make sure you don’t buy it from there.

2 Responses to “Nintendo 3DS Will Have Region Lock”
  1. Ducknose says:

    Bah! I hate region locking. I don’t know how bad it is on game consoles but buying DVDs from another country when you are on a holiday and finding out that they won’t work back home is a pain! In a perfect world we wouldn’t have region locking, but unfortunately we don’t live in such. I hope that they don’t make too many zones like DVD; instead I would like to see them divide us in a similar way to blu-ray where there is only 3 regions. I guess no zones would be the best scenario but if they have to put region coding to media, the fewer zones the better.

  2. joseph says:

    but eventually someone will crack the os and then it wont matter

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