For the most part, buying a video game system over the past three decades has meant tying yourself to games released in your designated region — North America, Europe or Japan, most commonly. But until recently there‚Äôs been one important exception to that rule — portable systems from the original Game Boy to the Nintendo DS could play games from any country without a problem (except, perhaps, for the impenetrable Japanese language).

That bit of regional openness is beginning to change, though, with Nintendo recently announcing that its anticipated 3DS system will only play games released in the same territory as the hardware.

(Full article available in the issue #246 (April 2011) of Electronic Gaming Monthly)