A quote from Nintendo about region-locking the 3DS:
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.
Is it just me but does the second part of that sentence completely contradict the first? You’re going to “ensure the best possible gaming experience” for me by making my software not work? Uh, what?
If Nintendo was looking for a driver of piracy, something that would push ordinarily law-abiding consumers to dabble with the dark side of the industry, it couldn’t have gone much better than region-coding – a system that sometimes makes it impossible to obtain certain titles lawfully, and encourages regional price-gouging.
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