Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, at the company’s investors Q&A, discussed the possibility of removing region locking from its games, and the positive effect it would have on its consumers.
“The game business has a history of taking a very long time with localization among other things, such as having to deal with various issues of marketing in each particular country, or games that have made use of licensed content that did not apply globally, and had all kinds of circumstances, so to say, that region-locks have existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers,” said Iwata, as translated by Cheesemeister.
“In the history of game consoles, that is the current situation. As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us. Conversely, unlocking would require various problems to be solved, so while I can’t say today whether or not we intend to unlock, we realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future,” he continued.
Nintendo owns and features a number of region specific content in Japan–a number of which would fit strongly in the western markets. With that said, it’s great that Nintendo is atleast thinking about it,