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Report: China may end ban on game consoles


China Daily reports that the Chinese government is reviewing its current policy against game consoles. The ban was enacted in 2000 in order to protect children's development.

Because of the ban, none of the current generation of consoles were able to officially launch in China. Nintendo did manage to release a console of sorts in 2003, in the form of the plug-and-play iQue Player (above), and has followed up with handhelds all the way up to the 3DS XL.

China Daily's anonymous Ministry of Culture source said it has talked with other ministries about possibly reopening the market. "However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it," the unnamed source said. Recently, the PS3 obtained safety certification.

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