In the course of the Q&A at Nintendo’s latest financial briefing report, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was presented with a question regarding region-locking. Nintendo and their region-locking policies are something that both fans and critics find unfavorable and while nothing has been officially announced, it appears that Nintendo is indeed reviewing their region-locking policies.
“We realize that it is one thing that we must consider looking to the future.”
When asked if there were any plans to unlock the restriction, Iwata first explained that “region-locks have existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers,” due to things like marketing and licensed content.
“As for what should be done going forward, if unlocked for the benefit of the customers, there may also be a benefit for us,” he admits. “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.”
Again, nothing was officially revealed to be changing with this statement, however, it does appear that Nintendo are open to the possibility of changes in regards to region-locking in the future.