Confused by all that babble that the 3DS would be region-locked? So are we. We’re actually still confused after Nintendo released a statement that seems to neither confirm or deny the rumour.
The official response, as told to Eurogamer is as follows:
“Nintendo 3DS hardware is available in three versions: Japanese, American and European/Australian. Nintendo has developed different versions of Nintendo 3DS hardware to take into account different languages, age rating requirements and parental control functionality, as well as to ensure compliance with local laws in each region.
“Nintendo 3DS also offers network services specifically tailored for each region.
“Additionally we want to ensure the best possible gaming experience for our users, and There is the possibility that Nintendo 3DS software sold in one region will not function properly when running on Nintendo 3DS hardware sold in another.”
…right then. A simple “yes” or “no” would have sufficed, but instead we get to pick through these “possibilities”. Unfortunately, all signs seem to be pointing to a “yes”, but until the hardware’s out and we can try it for ourselves, we won’t really know.
The statement also explained helpfully, that:
“Guidance will appear on every packaging of Nintendo 3DS hardware and the accompanying software. If you are in doubt, Nintendo recommends that you only purchase Nintendo 3DS software in the region where purchased your Nintendo 3DS system.”