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Nintendo 3DS Gets Region Codes

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January 12, 2011 7:11:03 PM

This is complete crap... Not the article, but the fact they are restricting content.
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January 12, 2011 7:13:19 PM

"So if you happen to be in Japan or in Europe on a vacation or a business trip, you won't be able to run a game purchase there on your 3DS."

Oh. How inconvenient.

"The high price of $300 of the 3DS suggests that especially enthusiast gamers may adopt the 3DS first and it has been especially this group that complained about region codes before as it forces them to wait for certain games and prevent the import of games from other geographies."

How very speculative of you... from the price, to who will buy it, to how they will react. I'm finding this article to be rather wack.
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January 12, 2011 7:16:44 PM

If the enthusiasts that desire imports are a part of the early adopters, the inclusion of region restrictions creates a market for circumvention methods/devices. I believe that developing a business motivation for others to reverse engineer the 3DS by such a stance is a poor idea if you want to keep away from another R4 situation.
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January 12, 2011 7:21:05 PM

eh the region codes dont bother me

what does is the pricetag

i will HAPPILY wait for the revision due in two years, and as well as a pricedrop.


sadly, i know nintendo will still reap amazing profits because of the hype behind this machine, and i won't get the price drop that i want so bad.

....but here's hope to the psp2, and hope they severely undercut the 3ds, maybe even by $100... they will gain a massive amount of marketshare and fanbase, despite the fact they may not reap as much profit... maybe even work at a loss... i think it would be worth it on their end though
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January 12, 2011 7:43:10 PM

lame, region codes,no cross-realm play. Bs
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January 12, 2011 9:33:18 PM

yea... I do not have that much problem of region code itself. The problem I have/had was that there are so many great games they relased in Japan will/would never get to released on this side of the ocean.. specially those tranditional/Japanese RPG games.
Without regin code.. I can still try to play the games by improving my Japanese skill or guess the words...
With region codes... I will either forget about them all together or have to but a Japanese version which can not play anything I buy at here (so inpractical)...
or... I will be forced to jailbreak it like many of my friends did for their Wii.
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January 12, 2011 9:48:34 PM

honestly i dont why the fxxk they want to do the region code ~
now i cant play japanese games ? alright probably a R4 3DS will solve the problem ~ wait and see
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January 12, 2011 10:15:16 PM

Pricetag will me murderous. I expect this to drop to $199 very quickly.
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January 12, 2011 11:23:23 PM

Douglas, you might want to edit this article for syntax and fact checking.
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January 13, 2011 1:12:29 AM

The DSi isn't region locked. I just loaded Ouendan 2 into my US system no problem.
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January 13, 2011 1:57:47 AM

I believe DSi exclusive games are region locked (eg. games that require the DSi to play.)

The region locking is a shame. I mean, I was planning on importing from the states anyhow (as it's a fair bit cheaper), but a lot of games I'd love to play from Japan I won't be able to.

The region locking will probably just promote hacking/homebrew..
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January 13, 2011 2:57:33 AM

Region code is a byproduct of the 90's and it should be a thing of the past. It doesn't help lower piracy because hey, why wait when you can play a region-free game that's been cracked?

Why companies still stick with it is something I will never understand.
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January 13, 2011 4:41:18 AM

eklipz330eh the region codes dont bother mewhat does is the pricetagi will HAPPILY wait for the revision due in two years, and as well as a pricedrop.sadly, i know nintendo will still reap amazing profits because of the hype behind this machine, and i won't get the price drop that i want so bad.....but here's hope to the psp2, and hope they severely undercut the 3ds, maybe even by $100... they will gain a massive amount of marketshare and fanbase, despite the fact they may not reap as much profit... maybe even work at a loss... i think it would be worth it on their end though


do you honestly think that something that is quad core, reportedly producing graphics on par with the ps3, and portable, will be anywhere under 300$, really? what is the color of the sky in your world?

even at 400$ they may take a heavy loss on the psp2

eddieroolzRegion code is a byproduct of the 90's and it should be a thing of the past. It doesn't help lower piracy because hey, why wait when you can play a region-free game that's been cracked?Why companies still stick with it is something I will never understand.


i am reminded of the re5 demo, which i specificly downloaded, burnt and put on my 360 because i really wanted it, at the time if that wasnt possible i was willing to take the system apart just hack the thing, good thing it didnt come to that.
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January 13, 2011 5:21:35 AM

This was the single most important factor for me in deciding whether or not to buy one. I live in the US, but grew up in Japan and am bi-lingual. I'd rather play my games in the original language.

The only chance I'll buy one now is if I hear stellar reviews of the games AND I am blown away by the 3D. Then and only then would would I buy a Japanese unit and import all my games.
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January 13, 2011 11:16:38 AM

Oh, yeah, the well-known region-code scam... It's legal because it's corporate driven.
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January 13, 2011 4:13:37 PM

Too bad. As a kid, I traveled between Japan and the United States extensively. It was awesome being able to run both US and Japanese games on my Japanese Gameboy, and the same for my American TurboGrafix 16 and TG-16 CD-ROM.

I really doubt I was hurting the bottom lines of Nintendo and NEC then. On the contrary, I was buying and playing more games then. If I was pigeon holed into just one region, I would have had half the game library.
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January 13, 2011 11:22:32 PM

Yeah... my wife is Japanese and we go to Japan quite often. Both of us play US/Japanese DS games all the time. Guess we won't be buying 3DS anytime soon.
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January 13, 2011 11:22:44 PM

Yeah... my wife is Japanese and we go to Japan quite often. Both of us play US/Japanese DS games all the time. Guess we won't be buying 3DS anytime soon.
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January 14, 2011 6:59:29 AM

I hate region codes.

For most people, it really does not make much difference. But I am an American working in Saudi Arabia. My friends and I get video content from all over. The difference between NTSC and PAT doesn't matter. Multi-system TV's are commonly available. But the region codes are another matter.
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January 14, 2011 9:58:29 AM

I thought we were over this by now. This will only encourage piracy as people will find a way to play their Japan-exclusives.
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January 14, 2011 6:36:38 PM

It'll be hacked eventually guys, no need to get your panties into a bunch. Just toss it into a drawer for about 3 months and someone will have a fix out for it.
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January 19, 2011 2:20:06 AM

Pfft everyone knows that we will find a way around this if we hate it
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February 15, 2011 5:36:47 PM

who the heck got the number 300 dollars? I preordered mine from a local store for $249 which admittedly is high for a handheld but still.
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