Next year will probably be my last AX in a row o<-< I like seeing long-distance friends but it’s so costly to attend and I want to save for other cons like Sakura-Con and MAGFest.
I just wish that Fanime, which I’ve had an unbroken attendence streak for since 2006, had incentives for my out-of-state friends to go. It doesn’t help that because it’s only a little over a month before AX, it ends up being a “choose one or the other” dilemma, and most of said friends will always choose AX due to the much better programming, industry presence, and dealer’s hall; Fanime is just a fan-run convention with lower-tier guests and almost nothing that attendees can’t also do or get at AX.
So the new 3DS and new 3DSXL are region-locked, just like the basic 3DS, 3DSXL, and 2DS. In other news, the grass is green, the sky is blue, and Aerith dies.
Maybe there will be a day when Nintendo embraces region-free once again; after all, in 2001, an issue of Nintendo Power features a reader letter response touting the region-free properties of the Game Boy Advance. But maybe that day will never come and there will be more chance of Konami releasing their entire active BEMANI lineup in the US. I’m enjoying my 3DS but I don’t enjoy not being able to play games that will never get released here.
Ironically, the Vita is region-free as far as physical copies go, yet has shown to be a commercial failure.