Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

January 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will Nintendo try to quash the work-around for the 3DS region lock?" The voting was almost evenly split between two trains of thought: that Nintendo would patch out its region lock in a firmware update or that Nintendo would find some way to kill the work-around devised by the 3DS community because it doesn't like to make money.

Forty-four percent of voters chose the option, "Of course it will. Nintendo doesn’t want any more of your money," while 39 percent chose, "Nintendo will patch out the region lock in a subsequent firmware update!" Finally 16 percent chose "Of course not. Nintendo wants you to give it more money!"

For a more in-depth discussion on the topic, check out the latest episode of the Super Podcast Action Committee.

Look for a brand new poll later this week and thanks to all of you who participated in last week's poll!

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Re: Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

Personally, I think a ban on region locking should be part of any trade agreement we sign with other countries. If we want "free trade," don't region locks actively hinder that?

Re: Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

Trick is, Nintendo's latest firmware doesn't allow this exploit to work anyway. So the "Nintendo will patch out the region lock in a subsequent firmware update!" option is kind of already the case. Now, perhaps Nintendo could do more to force players to update, for instance by preventing all use of online features unless the 3DS is up to date, but even then it wouldn't prevent the already-hacked ones from doing whatever they want offline.

Re: Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

Trick is, Nintendo's latest firmware doesn't allow this exploit to work anyway. So the "Nintendo will patch out the region lock in a subsequent firmware update!"

No.  That option means Nintendo will make its hardware region free with a firmware update.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

Ah, my bad, I read that as they would patch out the ability to bypass it. My bad there.

Re: Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

I would have voted for "yes, they'll do a workaround," but that wasn't an option, because someone had to be a dick when writing the options for the poll.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Poll Results: Will Nintendo Kill Region Free Work-Around?

Well that was absolutely uncalled for.  If a poll goes up and you think the responses could be better written, please say so in the Shout box and if I agree with your suggestion, I'll make changes.

Anyway, what does "yes, they'll do a work-around" mean?

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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