Nintendo says DSi to be region-locked, importers cry out in agony

While a number of statements by various Nintendo spokespeople might have lent themselves to the opposite conclusion, Nintendo today confirmed in a statement to CVG that the DSi will indeed be region locked in some form.

“DSi is region locked because DSi embeds net communication functionality within itself and we are intending to provide net services specifically tailored for each region,” the statement said. The region locking also extends to future DSi-only games, a strange reversal of Nintendo’s approach to the DS and DS Lite. Fortunately, there won’t be any similar prohibitions enforced on regular DS titles, though it is still unknown how many of these DSi-only titles are currently in production.

So, importers – what do you think? Is this a game changer?