The 3DS Has An Iron Curtain

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Years ago, Nintendo released the Nintendo DS and the DS Lite. Anyone could import them and play games on them. Those days are long gone, and with the Nintendo 3DS, they don't look like they're returning.

According to an email from Nintendo's Japanese support, the Nintendo 3DS is region coded, which means that players cannot play games from different regions on the system. As Nintendo support explains, if one plays a Korean 3DS game on a Japanese 3DS (or vice versa), it won't work — and so on and so forth.

This should come as too much of a shock as the Nintendo DSi and the DSi XL have region codes.


Kotaku is following up with Nintendo to confirm whether or not the 3DS is actually region locked.

[3DS] 「닌텐도 3DS」 국가코드 있습니다. NDS 루리웹 [Ruliweb via NeoGAF] [Pic]

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I don't see the problem? If you talk Japanese, get a Japanese one, if you don't, get a North American or European or whateverian one. Did people cry and whine at the current-gen consoles for being region-locked?

Also lol at "iron curtain", that's some nice journalism you've got there giving this a stupid overtone-tainted title.