3DS region block confirmed, US won't even read JP games

For some, this will be the worst news ever. For others it'll come out to no more than a shoulder shrug. I'm somewhere there in the middle.

Those hoping to import Japanese games for their US Nintendo 3DS are out of luck. Those wanting to play imports will have to buy a foreign system as a 3DS from one territory will not play games from another. Hell, it won't even 'see' the games.

As you'll see in the above video, a North American copy of Super Monkey Ball 3D will not even register in my Japanese 3DS' menu.

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Dark_Overlord2982d ago

Major step backwards IMO, Nintendos handhelds have always been known for their lack of region locks :/

tunaks12982d ago

wasnt the ds region locked? I never had one, but I remember hearing they were.

Kamikaze1352982d ago

They weren't region locked.

Redempteur2982d ago

ONLY the DSi was region locked ( with some games )

Stealth20k2982d ago (Edited 2982d ago )

this is already old news. And its actually a major step forward in piracy fighting.

Baka-akaB2982d ago (Edited 2982d ago )

it's actually an incentive . Plenty people started on past consoles looking only for ways to play import games . Once they did , some told themselves , what the heck ... what's the point of paying .

It's retarded and most likely only there to force places like EU to pay more for dlcs and online content .

hazelamy2982d ago

in what way does that fight piracy?
if anything it will increase it, if they make sure people can't legally buy and play a title they'll turn to other means.

lelo2play2982d ago (Edited 2982d ago )

Well... now i'm even less interested in the 3DS then i already was. They can keep it.

I hope Sony doesn't make this mistake with the NGP.

Ps_alm3k2982d ago

I remember the time when my girlfriend's friend block me from getting any.

This feels very familiar!...

plb2982d ago

lame. Is there something I'm missing as to the purpose of region locking something like this?

Infernostew2982d ago

NGP, please don't make this mistake!

anasurimbor2982d ago

It's not the worst news ever, but it makes the 3DS much less appealing to me. Much less.

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