Nintendo DSi Software Will Be Region-Locked
Here is a bit of info for all you who are planning on importing a DSi. Ã‚Â It seems that the DSi will not be region locked for basic functions (i.e. DS cartridge games, camera, and internet browser). Ã‚Â However, things such as the DSWare services will be region locked.
“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,” said a statement given to UK consumer website CVG.
The statement reasons that region-locking its upcoming DS hardware upgrade is necessary as the new system will feature parental control features which will be dependent on each region’s unique age limit.
The DSi, however, will be able to play standard Nintendo software from any region, similar to the original Nintendo DS model and the Nintendo DS Lite. Users will also be able to browse the Internet on their DSi from anywhere in the world and exchange photos with friends in other countries.