For the past few years, Nintendo has been region locking their consoles. For those unfamiliar with what this means, basically this means that certain games can only be played in certain territories, which can be rather annoying as gamers would then have to wait for a localized version which could take months or years.
Nintendo did promise they would look into it and last year we heard rumors that Nintendo’s next console could be region-free. Now it looks like those rumors are back and according to the folks at Let’s Play Video games, they have heard from their sources that the development kits of the Nintendo NX that developers have access to are region-free for now.
It is entirely possible that Nintendo could enable region-locking again in the commercial units, but if the reports are true for now, then it certainly is good news for gamers and developers. Let’s not forget that Nintendo’s rivals from Microsoft and Sony have long done away with region-locking so if they’re hoping to stay relevant in the console scene, this is something they need to look at seriously.
Naturally you guys should take this news with a grain of salt for now, but with Nintendo supposedly planning on revealing the details of the NX in full this coming fall, we guess we won’t have to wait much longer to find out what’s what.