Nintendo’s next console, the Nintendo Switch, will be region-free, the company announced during a livestream presentation today.
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the system won’t be region locked, meaning players will be able to play globally released software on the console-handheld hybrid. That’s good news for Nintendo fans who want to import software from another region, like Japan or Europe.
Nintendo has a legacy of region-locking its home consoles. However, the company has generally allowed region-free software on its portable devices, with the exception of the Nintendo 3DS, which restricted software to local releases.
More Nintendo Switch
Want the latest news, videos and podcasts sent to your inbox once every weekday? Then sign up for the Polygon Newsletter below.