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Possible Confirmation of Switch Being Region-Free (Update: Maybe Not?)

It seems like this *might* not mean as much as we think.
From def’s PN post:

UPDATE: Thanks to nice and helpful Perfectly Nintendo-reader Arno, we learned that curiously, the New Nintendo 3DS LL (Japanese unit) also has the CE marking (and the FCC id) on the unit. And as we know all too well, none of the Nintendo 3DS-family systems are region free. Apparently the original Nintendo 3DS (JP model) has it too on the inside of the unit. However, the Wii U GamePad (released after the aforementioned original 3DS) does not.

We’ll have to wait and see I guess, January 12th is too damn far away!

This is the image he’s referring to.

CE marking is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985.[1] The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA. This makes the CE marking recognizable worldwide even to people who are not familiar with the European Economic Area. It is in that sense similar to the FCC Declaration of Conformity used on certain electronic devices sold in the United States.
The CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives.[2]
The mark consists of the CE logo and, if applicable, the four digit identification number of the Notified Body involved in the conformity assessment procedure.
“CE” originated as an abbreviation of ConformitĂ© EuropĂ©enne, meaning European Conformity,[3] but is not defined as such in the relevant legislation. The CE marking is a symbol of free marketability in the European Economic Area (Internal Market).

From the Wikipedia page.

UPDATE 2: D-e-f wrote a more detailed writeup on this on Perfectly-Nintendo.

UPDATE: He tweeted a picture of his systems, with only the European versions showing the CE logo.


This does seem to lean toward the system being region-free, since none of the US versions of region-free Nintendo systems have that logo on them.

Also I was told this was previously pointed out in a video by Shawn Long, but I hadn’t seen that one.

The Switch being region-free has also been rumored for a while now, so this would back that up too.

We’ll still need to wait on details in January, like how digital downloads would work.

He's been playing video games his entire life, and has gotten progressively worse at them as he's gotten older and more decrepit. He's been running this place (into the ground) since 2013. He's old. Keeps writing about Nintendo despite mountains of evidence proving he should never write anything. Very old. Lifelong Nintendo fan, doesn't care what you think about that. Did I mention how old he is? Because he's very old.
  • Sagadego15

    hopefully the digital region system is better then the vita. you have to have a 2nd memory stick and have to reformat the damn system everytime