3DS Region Lock: Here's the Map

Discussion in '3DS - Games & Content' started by YamiHoshi.nl, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. YamiHoshi.nl
    OP

    YamiHoshi.nl I'm MKGirlism.

    Member
    671
    274
    May 23, 2011
    Tokyo
    I was bored, and since there are so many questions about this, I've decided to create a Map, where you can clearly see what region your 3DS is, if you buy it locally.
    Since the Forums don't allow me to use CWGI's in the IMG Tags, I'll provide you the Link to where I've posted it too:
    http://www.cw-games.org/forum/index.php?/topic/910-3ds-regions-heres-the-map/

    Edit:
    Y I no Attach it?
     

    Attached Files:

    3 people like this.


  2. DonnyKD

    DonnyKD GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    351
    55
    Feb 3, 2012
    United States
    Christ, the JPN area is freaking tiny.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Sascha

    Sascha Member

    Newcomer
    40
    8
    Feb 10, 2012
    Gambia, The
    The fewest people get the most content ... fuck logic.
     
    5 people like this.
  4. ferofax

    ferofax End of the World

    Member
    2,566
    437
    Jan 26, 2009
    Philippines
    You're forgetting, there's a few other "sub" regions that exist beyond NA/EU/JP.

    A lot of SEA countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, etc) and the Middle Eastern countries bear the ASI region, which uses US firmware.

    IIRC, Korea (South, dunno about North--might be illegal to own ANYTHING there) also bears a separate region entirely (KO), with their own set of games and of course language.

    China also have their own, I think. They have the iQue versions there, IIRC. Not too sure about that though.
     
  5. LockeCole_101629

    LockeCole_101629 GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    276
    62
    Jul 6, 2012
    New Zealand
    you left out the white color.
     
  6. YamiHoshi.nl
    OP

    YamiHoshi.nl I'm MKGirlism.

    Member
    671
    274
    May 23, 2011
    Tokyo
    @[member='ferofax']
    I've all based on 3 3DS's: My Japanese 3DS, my European 3DS, and an American 3DS from a friend of mine.
    USA 3DS includes these SEA ones.

    @[member='LockeCole_101629']
    The White colours mean either "I don't know, add please!", or "No 3DS available, sorry!".
     
    1 person likes this.
  7. Ace Overclocked

    Ace Overclocked My CPU's hot but my core runs cold.

    Member
    2,107
    288
    Jul 30, 2010
    Italy
    Somewhere
    North africa have europen 3ds'
     
  8. chris888222

    chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Member
    5,532
    586
    Oct 11, 2010
    Senegal
    ASI is simply just US 3DS with no club Nintendo, 230V charger and all royalties to Maxsoft - the worst company in the world.

    Korea, Taiwan and HK have different firmwares.

    iQue 3DS isn't out in PRC yet.

    In Singapore you can buy a JPN 3DS easily, because of Free Trade Agreements with Japan and all sorts of crap. However they are still more expensive than an ASI/US set, normally around $50 more.
     
  9. elisherer

    elisherer I ♥ 3DS

    Member
    778
    153
    Dec 16, 2009
    Iceland
    3dbrew.org
    Israel is also "unofficialy" european... all the stores sells eu consoles and eu games...some stores sell na games but none na consoles...
     
  10. cui_zhenyu1995

    cui_zhenyu1995 Newbie

    Newcomer
    6
    1
    Aug 6, 2012
    Switzerland
    There is iQue 3DS, but it's not announced by iQue.
    Here's the picture
    [​IMG]
    more picture to see: http://bbs.tgbus.com/thread-3873186-1-1.html


     
  11. lokomelo

    lokomelo Edson Arantes do Nascimento

    Member
    964
    247
    Aug 19, 2009
    Brazil
    São Paulo
    no China, no North Africa, no Central Africa, no Korea, no El Salvador, no Nicaragua, no Cuba, nothing on Ukraine-Belarus region and almost nothing on Asia.

    I like this kind of map that put away 3/4 of the countries (and many of these countries has 3DS available)
     
  12. chris888222

    chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Member
    5,532
    586
    Oct 11, 2010
    Senegal
    Since Maxshit is the official distributor of ASI (US) 3DS in SE Asia, the Philippines should be red too.
     
  13. YamiHoshi.nl
    OP

    YamiHoshi.nl I'm MKGirlism.

    Member
    671
    274
    May 23, 2011
    Tokyo
    Again, I've based all of this on the 3DS's.
    If anyone can provide me all the information in 1 Post, I'll Update the Map.
     
  14. xwatchmanx

    xwatchmanx GBAtemp's (Un)Ironic Weeaboo

    Member
    6,310
    2,193
    Feb 13, 2012
    United States
    Pittsboro, NC
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Anyway, this is pretty interesting, thanks! Weird how those 3 random countries are USA region-locked... also, what does this mean for countries without any region? If someone in an "unsupported" region buys a 3DS from one of the supported regions, will they have access to the eShop, online play, etc?
     
  15. indask8

    indask8 New Member Forever

    Member
    987
    119
    Apr 19, 2007
    France
    Look at the Flag...
    For most parts yes, but I think nintendo video is IP locked, so if you try to watch video from an unsupported country it wont work.
    But for the rest yes it should work, but don't even try to mention to Nintendo that you have any problem with those service, if they discover you use their service in an unsupported country they have the right to ban you (someone from here actually made a thread about that).
     
    1 person likes this.
  16. xwatchmanx

    xwatchmanx GBAtemp's (Un)Ironic Weeaboo

    Member
    6,310
    2,193
    Feb 13, 2012
    United States
    Pittsboro, NC
    Thanks for answering. :)

    But wtf does it matter to Nintendo if you're using a 3DS in an unsupported region? As long as you bought it legally and aren't playing pirated games on it, it shouldn't freaking matter to them. I mean, assuming you bought it legally new, you still gave Nintendo the equivalent of $170 USD for pete's sake!
     
  17. Eerpow

    Eerpow *swoosh*

    Member
    2,069
    1,096
    Sep 14, 2009
    ERROR!
    Retailers and developers fault, also some countries are very strict when it comes to imports.
    In many european countries the 3DS costs a lot more than $170, if the 3DS wasn't locked someone could start importing american units and sell them for cheap.
    They want to keep track of sales as accurately as possible, it's a pretty big deal when it comes to future releases and localizations.
    Nintendo want to avoid getting complaints.
     
  18. CollosalPokemon

    CollosalPokemon ばん。。。かい

    Member
    682
    342
    Oct 18, 2009
    United States
    Another thing is that region locking was never optional for 3DS developers (at least, not when their game is being released) last time I checked. Nintendo refuses to sign 3DS games if they're region free.
    **ck, even demos at stores are region locked!
     
  19. Eerpow

    Eerpow *swoosh*

    Member
    2,069
    1,096
    Sep 14, 2009
    ERROR!
    I was unsure about that, I do remember reading that somewhere a long time ago...
    oh wait, turns out it was about region locked DSi games running on JPN and EU 3DS's or something like that.



    BTW El Salvador sells US 3DS's, though they're expensive so people import them from other countries instead.
     
  20. Lumstar

    Lumstar Princess

    Member
    3,620
    87
    Mar 6, 2006
    United States
    Darling
    Officially sanctioned countries are what matters. Repackaged grey imports are not actual regions, as far as Nintendo's 3DS active support goes.