Nintendo has faced some criticism for region locking its hardware, but Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata is looking to change that, as he assured the investors that the company will take region unlocking into consideration going into the future.
Region-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation.
As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us.
Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.
The response from Iwata is certainly positive but as he noted in his statement, it is not going to happen anytime soon.
In the same briefing, Iwata sheds some light on Amiibo, which is a series of figurines that can be used with either 3DS or Wii U. All of the Amiibos will be modeled after famous characters from the Nintendo’s franchises.
You can read about region unlocking and other information revealed during the briefing right here.
What do you think of the statement from Satoru Iwata? Do you think region locking will end soon?