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Remember how the Nintendo Switch isn’t region-locked, which is a big step forward for gamers around the world? Well, it appears the Tencent Nintendo Switch, the one that’s available to the Chinese market, is taking a step backward: it’s been discovered that Tencent Chinese Nintendo Switch carts will only be playable on those consoles. 

You heard that right. 

A recent photo of the box art for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe was shown with a warning label on the top of the box. While the implications of this aren’t too severe, as there aren’t any China-exclusive titles yet, we will see Rabbids Adventure Party become the first later this year. 


Ironically, the inverse of this is true: owning a Tencent Switch doesn’t restrict you to China-only games. Those consoles can still play global carts, just without online capabilities. 

While this information is peculiar, the idea isn’t too surprising given how Tencent operates. 


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A father, photographer, and husband, Caleb still finds time to create content about his favorite company Nintendo. You can still catch him riding a Tauros to hatch Shiny Pokémon eggs.