One of the major complaints against the 3DS and Wii U is Nintendo’s decision to restrict them from playing software from regions other than the one they were intended.
However, Josh Stevens and many other Nintendo fans are petitioning the company to reconsider its stance on region-locking.
Before the 3DS’ launch, Nintendo explained that region-locking was necessary because various factors, including laws in each territory.
“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.”
The petition comes in the wake of the recent announcements that the Xbox One and PS4 will be region free, a point Stevens makes in the petition’s description.
“Following Microsoft’s U-turn on its DRM policies, including making the Xbox One region-free alongside the PS4, Nintendo is now left as the only major console manufacturer that maintains a region-locking policy. This practice is restrictive to customers, including those who enjoy playing foreign games not available domestically, speak foreign languages, serve in the military, or otherwise travel or live abroad. If anything, region-free policies encourage the additional sales of legitimate software that cannot otherwise be obtained in a given country; the money would still go to Nintendo, the developers and the distributors behind each game.”
Nintendo isn’t really a company known for following the trends of Microsoft or Sony, but in this case, I’m hoping they do.