At the end of the day, Nintendo still get the same amount of game sales. Region-locking suits badly managed companies, with separate subsidiaries in separate markets, completely ignoring the fact that people don't really work like that anymore. It actually *is* a genuine help to small companies, as they're able to leverage region-locking to get published in other regions (Atlus is a well known example of this), but something tells me Nintendo aren't doing this for the good of small companies, merely the large ones which should know better.
I've never seen even a single bit of compelling evidence to suggest that importing was a big enough issue to have even the slightest impact on regional sales.
Peter Crisp wrote:
Just out of interest does anyone in Japan or USA ever import from Europe or is all our stuff considered inferior? Surely that would balance everything out?
NOE have released a few games here that the US hasn't got, such as Disaster: Day of Crisis, Another Code R, Last Window etc... The worst thing is most companies simply go Japan > US, then maybe > Europe, but Nintendo have a habit of going Japan > Europe which means that either region of the 3DS is going to miss out.