China Relaxing 13 Year Ban On Games Consoles

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 2:32 PM

It seems too crazy to be true, but China has long had a ban on legally importing and selling all of the popular games consoles, on the grounds of harmful effects on the countries youth.

As part of a new economic policy, they will be relaxing the ban, allowing current and next gen consoles to be sold to an incredibly large market...

Games and consoles will still need to be approved by the Culture ministry, in order to comply with the low violence policy the country has as well as avoiding politically sensitive topics. This still leaves a huge section of the gaming market open though, with traditionally non-bloody and unpolitical Nintendo most likely to lead the charge.

Although games consoles have been available on the mainland for a while, it was only through black market dealers and dodgy stores selling questionable games. Many people have taken up mobile gaming, as devices like tablets and phones aren't restricted in China, as they are not seen as games consoles in the classic sense.

There is still little information about the Free Trade zones being created, and the government aims to move slowly - a three year plan has reportedly been set up, testing how the current example areas do before possibly opening up more ports.

So what do you guys think, will this news be in time to save Nintendo and their faltering game sales? Or will the Xbox and Playstations take over the new market instead? Tell us your thoughts below!

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20:55 Jul-10-2013

china must be like nazis refusing to let anyone join the console race and instead boosting the power of the pc gaming master race :D

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19:53 Jul-10-2013

Now, if only Australia would let their ppl enjoy awesome games lol not that I'm from Australia though.

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17:15 Jul-10-2013

Can't they just play on pc?

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19:36 Jul-10-2013

huahahhahahahahhaha ah ah ah ha lolllllllllllllll

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20:11 Jul-10-2013

well they have some games for pc...

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16:00 Jul-10-2013

rejoice chinese gamers, the end of the unfair game restrictions is nigh

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15:37 Jul-10-2013

lol you just can buy it in Hongkong or Macau

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15:32 Jul-10-2013

So....seems like the economy is gonna rise by a lot

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15:24 Jul-10-2013

This is very good news for Nintendo and the market in general. It's a shame I know so very little about gaming in China besides the overwhelming number of MMOs produced there.

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15:01 Jul-10-2013

you aaaalways have to buy games digitally over here :D

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