In the midst of growing fan support for Nintendo to go region-free, IGN’s Richard George shared a comment from his E3 interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata regarding the subject.
Bear in mind that this interview took place weeks ago and Iwata’s comments don’t take into account Microsoft’s big flip-flop on their DRM stance, including their decision to do away with region-locking.
“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,” Iwata said. “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.”
While region locks are not uncommon among Nintendo’s home consoles, their portables have been region-free up until the DSi.