Based on all the recent reports that have surfaced surrounding the Nintendo NX, it looks like Nintendo is doing the best it can to shed the embarrassment caused by the Nintendo Wii U, which failed to capitalize on its predecessor’s massive success. One of the most telling signs of this was the report that Nintendo is working hard to secure third-party support for the NX – an area the Wii U basically had no interest in. And the more recent report that the NX’s controller will be similar to the Wii Remote is quite possibly another evidence. Now, another report has popped up that backs the notion that Nintendo is distancing itself from the Wii U.
Let’s Play Video Games, citing “a source working on an NX title”, has just reported the possible layout of the NX. It includes details about the dimensions and the locations of where things plug in, like the headphones, storage devices, and cartridges, reportedly the medium for the games. Also detailed was how the reported detachable controllers will connect to the device.
With all the new tidbits surrounding the physical aspects of the NX in the report, it’s easy to miss the part that mentions the console will not be region-locked, which came from “two separate sources”, according to Let’s Play Video Games. Not having a region-lock allows players to play games that were not released in their region – North America, Europe, or Japan. That means they can freely import games as much as they want.
The Wii U and its two predecessors – the Wii and the GameCube – were all region-locked, while Nintendo’s army of handheld consoles was not until the 3DS came along. So you could say that Nintendo has two stances when it comes to region-locks. Nevertheless, this news should delight a lot of players, because no one wants to resort to, uh, illegal methods just to bypass the region-lock dilemma.