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I know that Nintendo says the games are region locked, but has anybody tried playing Japanese games on an American/European 3DS or vice versa? Maybe a gaming blog/site?

I think it was Joystiq who cut off the nob of a 3DS card to fit it into a normal DS, only to discover that it doesn't work. :/

But I haven't heard of anybody actually try to play a game from a different region. I'd like to know what kind of error message is displayed...

BTW: Stupid region lock!



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Cant say iv seen anyone try either :/ though to be honest if they say it has one if probobaly does (i. hate. region. locks.)



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If i were actually going to Japan this semester i would have tried that (USA 3DS displaced, after all)

Stupid, stupid, stupid catastrophe :<

The way Nintendo made it sound was as though it would be "non-optimal" to use one game in the other region, and not like it wouldn't work at all, so i'm also curious



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Mr Khan said:

The way Nintendo made it sound was as though it would be "non-optimal" to use one game in the other region, and not like it wouldn't work at all, so i'm also curious

Yes, I heard that, too, and that's why I'm wondering...



1up  did a video trying American games on a japanese console, it didn't work.

The video is (1st try to embed ever)

 

[Edit: I did it!!! :D]



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Thanks, ZaP!

That was exactly what I was looking for. And it's quite disappointing, too... :/



Yeah but that's a Nintendo 3DS game of course their games are gonna be region locked cause they're the ones trying to enforce it.

 You have to check the third party games to see if they work in it. If they're smart they won't lock their games. I know plenty of people with japanese games for their Ds



Reviewers should subtract 10/100 from scores for region locked portable titles and 5/100 for home console titles. It's an unjustifiable crippling, totally unuseful, and, worse, damaging for the users, particularly for those of portables.



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Alby_da_Wolf said:

Reviewers should subtract 10/100 from scores for region locked portable titles and 5/100 for home console titles. It's an unjustifiable crippling, totally unuseful, and, worse, damaging for the users, particularly for those of portables.


And damage their relationships with nice corporate people holding the keys to those huge marketing budgets?

Surely you jest? ;)



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