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It appears that Chinese Switch consoles are locked. Tencent is handling the Chinese market, and domestic games, which read “CHN” on the Switch cards, are reportedly locked. This means international players will need to import Tencent Switches should they want to play any future China-only releases.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I’m assuming this also means that the chinese Switch consoles can only play CHN region titles? Isn’t there a high likelyhood that chinese players would simply buy unauthorized imports of international consoles and games to circumvent the chinese government’s content approval and censorship?