During Nintendo Switch presentation, the company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that the hybrid-console will not be region-locked.
This is a welcome news for everyone who is planning to buy the upcoming console as it will allow them to import software from other territories – a feat which is not possible on both Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo Switch to be Region-Free
Nintendo’s recent confirmation regarding the region-locking goes in line with a rumour from last year that claimed the console to be region-free. The confirmation basically marks Switch as the first console made by Nintendo to be completely region-free.
With this, console owners all across the globe should be able to play games that were even made exclusively overseas.
In relevant Nintendo news, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild reportedly runs at a resolution of 900p when in docked mode and connected to an external display. The handheld version, on the other hand, runs at 720p as expected. While not officially confirmed by Nintendo, the news came as a surprise to me as I was expecting The Legend of Zelda to run at full HD.
We also recently learned that the Japanese publisher, Hamster Corporation, is bringing 5 of the classic Neo Geo games to Nintendo Switch. Given the fact that Nintendo’s Wii U Virtual Console boasted a library of classic games, it is not really big of a surprise, but I’m still excited to try out games like the King of Fighters ’98, Metal Slug 3, and Shock Troopers on the Switch.
Nintendo Switch is planned to release on Mar. 03 in the US, Hong Kong, Japan, major European countries, and other territories for $299.99 USD.