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Nintendo Switch is officially region-free!

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Feb 14, 2005
Kyoto, Japan

We finally did it! The Nintendo Switch is officially region-free! Thirty-two years of region-locking in Nintendo home consoles and 8 years in portables are about to come to an end.

Our deepest and most sincere thanks go out to:

Now let's celebrate!

Daft Punk - One More Time
Happatai - Yatta!
Kiss - Rock & Roll All Nite
Kool & The Gang - Celebration
Pharrell Williams - Happy


E3 2016: #EndRegionLocking for NX at E3 2016

E3 2015: #NintendoRegionFree 2015: Project NX

May 2015: Iwata updates position on region-locking at Nintendo investor Q&A

This turned out to be Iwata's last word made publically on the subject.

October 2014: Iwata addresses region-locking at Nintendo investor Q&A

E3 2014: #NintendoRegionFree 2014 STARTS NOW!

July 2013: Nintendo 3rd-party indie developers slam region-locking

July 2013: Nintendo's President discusses region-locking
Satoru Iwata said:
From some people’s perspective, it might seem like a kind of restriction. However, we hope people can appreciate the fact that we’re selling our products worldwide.

There are many different regions around the world, and each region has its own cultural acceptance and legal restrictions, as well as different age ratings. There are always things that we’re required to do in each different region, which may go counter to the idea that players around the world want the freedom to play whatever they want.

I hope that game fans can understand that the industry isn’t doing this solely out of business ego. There are some reasons behind it.

This was obviously an unsatisfactory answer. Region-locking IS a restriction, and such an anti-consumer practice has no place in luxury products. Other platform holders have dropped region-locking despite the same cultural, legal, and ratings issues.

What we want is to be able to play legally-purchased games for Nintendo platforms purchased from anywhere in the world, irregardless of any hardware region setting. If parental controls are a concern, access to out-of-region titles can simply be disabled by default and enabled by adults.

E3 2013: Let's convince Nintendo to go region-free!

September 2012: Famitsu: Wii U region-lock confirmed
Famitsu no. 1242 said:
なお、Wii Uにはプレイできる地域が制限されるリージョンロック機能が搭載されており、その地域で販売されたソフト以外はプレイできない。

"What can be played on the Wii U is restricted by a region-lock feature; software not sold in the same region cannot be played."

February 2011: European Nintendo 3DS Reviewed
Oli Welsh said:
We can confirm that the software is locked by region; inserting one of our Japanese 3DS games into our European machine produces no result at all – it's as if no card has been inserted. This remains a deeply disappointing decision for handheld devices which will be taking a lot of long-haul flights.

My body is ready for region-free gaming. Is yours?

Thank you, Iwata. We love you.

ModBot 3

Not a Mod, just a Bot
Jul 23, 2013
It's Switch Conference Night!

We know you are very excited, and lots of news and announcements are taking place, but it's important that we be able to manage the flow of information here so people can quickly and easily see what's going on. As a result, we are locking threads for the following reasons:

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