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Submitted by VOOK 157d ago | news

Upcoming 3DS update won’t allow eShop region changes after registering a NNID

The new impending Nintendo 3DS update that was revealed last night has a bit of a down side to it.

Sure the new update will bring Miiverse, but also it’ll bring shared eShop balances to both the Wii U and 3DS through the Nintendo Network ID system. That means if you spend or add money to any Wii U or 3DS linked with the same NNID the balance will be shared across.

Nintendo has shared a Q&A about the new update and it’s got some really worrying news in it, especially for Europeans and Australians.

When the new update hits and if you link a Nintendo Network ID (which will be required for demos and free applications) you will no longer be able to change your systems region and use the eShop in another currency. (3DS, Miiverse, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U)

imXify  +   157d ago
Here's your answer from Nintendo to remove region locking.... D:
Smashbro29  +   157d ago
If I wasn't from America I'd buy the American version of everything anyhow. We always come out on top with these things.
--Onilink--  +   157d ago
it not only because of buying the American version or not, many people used the change because for some reason the US store limits a lot of international cards, however the Canadian store for example, does not, and still has all the same games.

Now the only choice would be to use a site like maximus cards, where you have to pay a bit more.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   157d ago
dont give a damn
we are getting localization games everyone year outside dragon quest, conception ll, exstetra and other new jrpg and Attack on Titan.
Chrono  +   157d ago
"So what’s the solution? Don’t update? Don’t register a Nintendo Network ID? Possibly both of those."

If you don't update you can't access the eShop...
Misaka_x_Touma  +   157d ago
no not having an NNID prevent you from getting free stuff and posting on miiverse
wheresmymonkey  +   157d ago
i didnt even know you could change the region of the eshop atm
Chrono  +   157d ago
You can change the country within the same region, for example different European countries or Australia for the European 3DS. Because sometimes the price is not the same, and sometimes the games are only available for some countries.
wheresmymonkey  +   157d ago
do you know if the australian eshop codes work on the EU 3ds? i assume they mist do if you can change the region. this is incredibly useful news.
Chrono  +   157d ago
It should work if you set the country to Australia. Actually it's mentioned on this article.
Baka-akaB  +   157d ago
Frickin' morons , it's always one step forward , two step behind when it comes to them and online
klecser  +   157d ago
Region locking lowers costs. Intellectual property rights cost different amounts in different regions and are allowed in different regions. If you unlock all regions, you risk NO REGIONS being able to get popular game characters due to expensive fees or disallowance of use laws or legal restrictions that differ across judicial rulings in different regions.

Region locking allows companies to more easily deal with regional censorship. If you unlock, that means games have to be written to ALL censorship laws, which means that the gritty games that you love disappear because a legislature in another nation has decided that they don't like what you like. The Xbox one is going to struggle tremendously in foreign markets because of this. Microsoft has essentially gone "all in" on the US and Europe. And they're contributing to the demise of the gaming industry by doing so.

Region locking is also used to stagger releases. Nintendo has few world wide releases because those worldwide releases cost more to develop. When you remove region locking, it can result in rushed production and more bugs in games. Under Ninty's current system, localization can happen at a much more helpful pace that helps to guarantee reliable releases. It isn't always reliable, but as soon as you remove region locking, it gets even less reliable.

You all scream for things for which you have no clue what the consequences are. Me, me, me, me, me. Damn the consequences. Let's all pretend that the industry would operate the same way without region locking. Fiction can be fun.
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deafdani  +   157d ago
All of your arguments amount to just a massive wall of excuses. The DS was region free, and so was the PSP, and so is the Vita, and the PS3 and (correct me if I'm wrong) I think the PS4 will be region free as well. I don't know about the Xbox One, though.

Point is, there's already plenty of precedent that indicates region free consoles are possible. Everything you said about censoring, and licensing, etcetera, really doesn't hold water. Nintendo just needs to make sure the games they release comply to the laws and regulations of the regions they're released in, and that's it. They don't need to concern themselves with people importing them from other regions, because that's not their responsibility anymore.

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