Nintendo ‘investigating” removal of region locking for NX, but will remain silent on new console at E3 2015.


Nintendo has been on a bit of a role lately. They’ve just partnered up with Universal Studios to bring Nintendo-themed attractions to the realm of amusement parks, essentially creating a real life Nintendoland. They also have big plans to bring 5 new games to mobile platforms by 2017, and just released a demo for their upcoming Wii U exclusive Splatoon. The big news though is that the company is finally profitable for the first time in four years.

The Big N also confirmed that three-quarters of their sales come from outside Japan, which could play a factor in their decision to “investigate” the possibility of avoiding their usual region locking feature with their upcoming NX console.

During a recent investor Q&A session, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata addressed the company’s concerns with adopting a region-free stance on an existing console, like the Wii U, but stated “… 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.

At the investor meeting, Iwata crushed our hopes and dreams of seeing the new NX console at E3 2015, as they “do not plan on talking specifics about the the NX until 2016.

It looks like we’ll be waiting at least another 7 months to see what the NX is all about, and all we know right now is that Nintendo wants it to be a “new concept”, not just a quick Wii U replacement. With the Wii U not selling so well, what do you think Nintendo has in store for their next console?

What would you like to see, personally? A more user-friendly friends/party system, similar to what’s available on Playstation and Xbox? More third-party or indie support? Less focus on motion and touch controls? New IP? Let us know down in the comments!

(Emphasis is mine.)

Sources: Polygon, DigitalTrends

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Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, generally handling reviews, public relations, and our social media communications on Facebook and Twitter. He’s no stranger to sinking an absurd amount of time in to an MMO, but also has a deep seeded love for pro wrestling, horror films, and his hometown of Baltimore, MD. Get in touch with him by e-mail at the address above, or follow him on Twitter.

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