What is the point of region locking a console for Nintendo?

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User Info: LitCandlez

LitCandlez
4 years ago#1
Wondering why Nintendo would region lock their console. Is there any benefit for them?
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User Info: Sagadego

Sagadego
4 years ago#2
LitCandlez posted...
Wondering why Nintendo would region lock their console. Is there any benefit for them?


making 3rd parties happy?
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User Info: Vyers

Vyers
4 years ago#3
They don't want you to spend money outside of your region
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User Info: LitCandlez

LitCandlez
4 years ago#4
Vyers posted...
They don't want you to spend money outside of your region


Why?
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User Info: LitCandlez

LitCandlez
4 years ago#5
Sagadego posted...
LitCandlez posted...
Wondering why Nintendo would region lock their console. Is there any benefit for them?


making 3rd parties happy?


How does that make them happy?
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User Info: Yuutsu

Yuutsu
4 years ago#6
The only reason I can think of is for the different regions not to cannibalize each other in terms of sales. It's still a stupid reason as it may save the company some dough at the expense of pissing off fans (sorry EU P4 fans...),

Way to treat your loyal customers by preventing them from buying the game. It's not like they were pirating...

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Chenmaster2
4 years ago#7
Different prices in different regions.
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User Info: Bikes-

Bikes-
4 years ago#8
LitCandlez posted...
Vyers posted...
They don't want you to spend money outside of your region


Why?


Australia and Japan (among other places) have far higher prices than say the US. Europe it's also generally cheaper to import I think.

User Info: Haku

Haku
4 years ago#9
I've always wondered why they have not stuck Australia in it's own region and separated UK from the rest of Europe if it is about prices.

Game prices here (UK) are not much more expensive that the US (3DS game can be got for around 29.99 ($45 or so) tax included), rest of Europe is apparently much more expensive from the way people go on about it, yet they are free to grab games from here.
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