Nintendo DSi software – region locked

Well, there goes my hope of importing Nintendo DSi. DSi software will be region locked, you will still be able to play DS games (they are region free). A Nintendo spokesperson told CVG (Computer & Video Games) that:

DSi software (software that is only compatible with DSi) is region locked, eg: European DSi software can only be played on European DSi consoles.

DSi is region locked because DSi embeds net communication functionality within itself and we are intending to provide net services specifically tailored for each region. Also because we are including parental control functionality for Nintendo DSi and each region has its unique age limit made by different independent.

I was hoping the DSi would be region free. So there’s goes the chance to import cheap DSi titles.