DSi Region Locked and has Parental Controls?

According to a recent interview Eurogamer had with Nintendo, they have learned that not only will the DSi be region locked by region, but will also feature Parental controls. What this really mean’s is if we were to import a DSi from Japan we wouldn’t really have access to any of the downloadable content.

Nintendo has confirmed that software specifically created for the DSi will be region-locked, with European, North American and Japanese software only working on consoles designed for their specific regions. …

The company added: “Also because we are including parental control functionality for Nintendo DSi and each region has its unique age limit made by different independent bodies.” …

This only applies to software that is compatible exclusively with the DSi – existing DS software remains region-free. Internet browsing and photo sharing also works globally.

However, it should be noted that the region lock only applies to the downloadable software and apps that they will be releasing. We should still be able to play all cartridge based software. Also, does the DSi really need to have parental controls? Even with Grand Theft Auto – China Town Wars, is it really necessary to lock out what games our youths can play on the hand held?

[GameIndustry – DSi Region Lock]

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