Nintendo “Optimistic” About Making NX Region-Free

Nintendo is “optimistically” looking at removing region locks from its gaming systems, starting with its next home console, which is codenamed NX.

Speaking in an investor Q&A, which has been translated by a NeoGAF user, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said the company is currently internally “investigating” the problems that could present themselves when implementing the feature.

“Regarding NX, given the customer feedback and proposals from the market, while nothing has been decided yet, we’re currently investigating internally what problems there would be in realizing it,” he said.

“You can think of that as the current situation. I understand your desire, so I’d like to look at it optimistically going forward.”

Iwata also clarified that, while it was exploring the possibilities of the NX being free from region locking, it is unlikely the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U will have their regional restrictions removed.

“Removing region-locking from current game machines presents various issues, so we don’t consider that to be very realistic,” Iwata explained.

Nintendo will not reveal any new information or show NX at E3 2015, the company recently confirmed.

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