The Nintendo Switch will not be region-locked when it officially launches in March, the company announced during a press event in Tokyo.
This decision will mark the first time that Nintendo has released a region-free console. In the past, Nintendo has always opted to restrict its consumer-base by locking the software to selected territories. The household handheld Nintendo 3DS, for example, is restricted to locally released software. Hence, you can imagine the look on everyone’s faces when Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima made the surprising announcement.
A region-free Nintendo Switch means that players will be able to play games on their console regardless of the region they are released in. Japanese titles will be readily available in the west at launch without any delays for localization. It also marks good news for importers who will be able to bring in software from other regions.
The upcoming hybrid console will cost $299.99 in North America, $399.99 in Canada, and $469.99 in Australia. In France and Italy, the price tag will be €349.99 and €329.99 respectively. As for the United Kingdom, Nintendo Switch will hit shelves for £279.99. Finally, it will carry a price tag of ¥29,980 in Japan. Consumers residing in territories not mentioned must contact their nearest retailer for a quote.
Nintendo Switch is confirmed for an official launch on March 3. It will be available in two bundles. Consumers have the option of picking from either the standard gray Joy-Con controllers or the other with neon red and blue Joy-Con theme. For more details on what else will be packed in each bundle, head here.