Accidentally bought non-US 3DS. Hackable? Changing region?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by mranonymous, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. mranonymous
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    Hello. I just found a solid blue New 3DS XL on eBay for a good price, so I picked it up. This made me think...why do I never see these? So I checked it out found out that the US never produced them. Great. It’s likely from the UK or Australia, as the writing on the back is in English.

    Can I still update the firmware to 11.9 and run the Frogminer method for cfw? If so, can I then play games from any region? Or will it still be region-locked?

    I basically just need to know if it’s worth the hassle or if I should return it. Thank you!
     
  2. Kubas_inko

    Kubas_inko "Something funny goes here."

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    I gues on earth.
    Yes, you can update it.
    Yes, you can hack it.
    Cfw removes region lock.
     
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  3. TurdPooCharger

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    You can tell if it's EUR if you look in System Settings. There should be something like 11.9.0-42E.
    Nintendo eShop is permanently region locked for new series 2DS/3DS systems. For example, you won't be able to buy games and download updates in USA eShop if your EUR n3DS / n3DSXL / n2DSXL was 3DS firmware region changed to USA.
     
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  4. mranonymous
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    Okay great, thank you. Can I use the hacking method that uses Steel Diver? I’m unsure as to how that will work since I’d need to use the eShop to buy the game from the US. I suppose it just connects me to the UK shop?
     
  5. Kubas_inko

    Kubas_inko "Something funny goes here."

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    I gues on earth.
    You can use eu eshop, as the game is free.
     
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    Great, Thanks again
     
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