Nintendo: DSi was region-coded thanks to international age ratings

Tuesday, 3rd March 2009 07:42 GMT By Patrick Garratt


DSi has been region-coded to protect the innocent, Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton’s told The Times.

“There are many different age requirements with games around the world,” said Yarnton when asked why Nintendo had blocked games from other regions.

“I’ve been involved with the Industry Body, and we’ve just had the Byron review, so it’s quite topical. As an industry, we are trying to take a responsible stance in that area, to make sure that we have people aware of what content they get, and that there is a certain amount of protection.”

So there you go. It has absolutely nothing to do with grey imports and general sales control. Absolutely not.

DSi hits Europe at the beginning of April.



  1. Blerk

    Honest, guv. No, really. REALLY!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt


    *rolls eyes*

    #2 6 years ago
  3. deftangel

    Amazing, because there are no other console systems capable of supporting age ratings and region free games on the market at all are there?!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Retroid

    Nintendo just continue to piss on my chips. Then insist it’s really expensive vinegar and try to charge £10 a shake.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Hero of Canton

    What utter bollocks. The annoying thing is that there are loads of good DSiWare games that us importers can’t play even if we import a Japanese model. We just have to hope that we get them all when DSiWare launches here – which, knowing Nintendo, won’t be until much later in the year.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Retroid

    Because NoE are shit.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Hero of Canton

    In fairness, NoE has been better than NoA of late. And I doubt it’s a decision that’s been made by NoE. After all, the Japanese DSi is region-locked too. It’s the higher-ups to blame this time.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Retroid

    Yeah… but that’s like saying you can’t blame the idiot half-brother for messing everything up for us when it’s his older bastard sod of a wanker who made these decisions! :D

    NoE will just make the situation worse.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. ecu

    It’s region locked?! Why the hell hasn’t anyone told me this before?!?

    #9 6 years ago

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