Nintendo shipped out their newest console early last month, the Switch, has been selling like hotcakes, making it insanely hard for consumers who didn’t find an opportunity to pre-order to find a console. I’ve heard if you were lucky to find one over a week after launch, it was like finding a needle in a haystack, literally. Personally, I went out the Wednesday after they launched and I had to call at least 9 different stores in different counties. I called a variety of different Walmart, Gamestop and Target locations all around Connecticut to be told that they were sold out before I found one, so trust me, I know the pain all too well.
When the console was shipped out, something odd was noticed by fans that couldn’t find a Switch. The console itself was not region locked. This means that fans all around the globe could order from different countries and it would not affect the way the console worked, which is not the case for other consoles out there right now. This opened a lot of opportunities for people to grab the Switch from a store overseas and have it shipped to them instead of waiting around for the small price that was overseas shipping, however the fun didn’t stop there. As we all know there are development companies for games that only make games for certain regions and you would only be able to find them in those regions, however with the Switch being unlocked, it opened a whole new playing field to being able to access those titles.
Following a small workaround that you can find pretty much anywhere that videos circulate on the internet, you can make an account that's linked to the different countries/continents and download games from the Nintendo eShop that wouldn’t be available otherwise. This started to be found around a week or so after the console had been out to the public with games like Dragon Quest Heroes I & II and now with the new Spelunker title found overseas (which will make its way over to the states eventually as a free to play).
Personally, I think the region lock being nonexistent is a good move on Nintendo, because it will give developers the opportunities to see how well their games do in other markets as well, and with Nintendo crashing before the console was launched, it was probably one of the small things they hoped would help push units everywhere.
Have you used the eShop from another region? If so, let us know in the comments below what you think of games like Dragon Quest and Spelunker, I love them but once the games hit the states I’ll make a review for them, until now I’ll enjoy the Japanese demo versions.
- Dakota G.