We should have known. I think on some level we all knew, but now it has been confirmed: the New Nintendo 3DS will be region locked. Like every other Nintendo handheld. What a shame.
Gamespot confirmed the news with Nintendo.
I understand why a conservative company like Nintendo would region lock its consoles, I do. They want to maintain the ability to control prices from territory to territory. They need to be aware of cultural differences between regions and that impacts certain aspects of certain games.
But come on now. It's 2014.
The old PAL/NTSC distinction is old hat, gamers are used to global launches and -- for goodness sake -- these consoles are portable handhelds! They're designed to be taken overseas when travelling, or when moving countries. Why would Nintendo want to slow that cashflow? I use my handhelds more often when travelling. I think everyone does. Buying a new game whilst travelling in the US or Europe or Japan is cool. It's a fun discovery.
Such a shame that Nintendo is trying to curtail that.
And the worst part? It actually encourages piracy. There are games I want to play that won't get released over here. How am I going to play these games?
New Nintendo 3DS Will Be Region-Locked [Gamespot]