Nintendo’s Investor Meeting Q&A Posted, Iwata Addresses Region-Locking

Nintendo’s Investor Meeting Q&A Posted, Iwata Addresses Region-Locking

Nintendo just posted their Investor Meeting Q&A session in Japanese, which delves into several topics of interest including Amiibo, Quality of Life and even their region-locking policy.

During the session, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata directly addressed the company’s region-lock policy when an investor asked whether Nintendo had any plans of lifting region-lock from future consoles/titles (thanks to Cheesemeister for translating Question 4):

Iwata: 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-locking has existed due to circumstances on the sellers’ side rather than for the sake of the customers. 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.

I do admire the fact that Iwata openly admitted that region-lock benefits the seller rather than the consumer, as well as the fact that Nintendo must consider looking into “inlocking” for the benefit of their consumers.

The English version of the Q&A will be posted soon as well (here for those interested) so stay tuned for the full session.