Does Nintendo have a problem with importing?

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  1. BlazeV
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    Since the 3DS is region locked so if you bought a UK console then you can't import US or Japanese games and so on does this mean Nintendo doesn't like you importing thier games and consoles or is it just some other stupid reason.

    I read in another thread and when someone called Nintendo America that they got mad that someone was talking about importing a Japanese console.
     


  2. FireGrey

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    We can't read there minds you know.
    But yes, as far as we know they have a problem with importing because they want the consoles/games that they are selling, to be sold in that country only.
     
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    Nintendo don't want us playing Devil Survivor Overclocked because our tiny minds can't take it.

    It's historical region neglect really....
     
  5. spinal_cord

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    Most console manufacturers don't like you importing for various reasons, such as regional pricing, copyright, censorship etc.
     
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    Its even worse if you live in a country or region that hardly gets any good games without having to wait 1 month to half a year. I rather import than buy in Australia though, I mean even if import costs things are cheaper overseas than here.


    I facepalm at this decision but atleast we're spared from the american voice acting.
     
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    Hard to find in US, lol. :( god damnit i've been driving for hours for this game
     
  8. Cyan

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    It's not only restricting the "purchase" of the game, but also playing with foreigner's friend or family.
    You can't Local play or exchange data with a different region 3DS.

    That's kind of defeating the "handheld" concept when traveling :(

    That's their decision, and maybe even their protection (hardware cryptology key).

    Also for legal reasons.
    (Some titles are copyrighted in some countries, they need to change some content, etc.)
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    oh, wait, that's what you explained too :P
     
  9. spinal_cord

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    Does copyright not count as copyright?
     
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    yeah, I quoted too quickly.
     
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    Feels more like censorship than copyright and not being able to over-charge your customers than anything.
     
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    i think it is really stupid that the dsi dsixl and 3ds turned into nazis
     
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    I think Nintendo has lost track of being international lately. I wish they can improve in the future but I doubt it with the way they're going.
     
  14. BlazeV
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    Nintendo seems to have more of a problem with importing than sony does otherwise who would region lock everything about the console rather than just limited the online service like sony did with psn. nintendo really screwed up the 3ds by locking everything because its easy to notice that in na they get all the games after japan while australia gets the shit end of the game stick with releases months later and then sold at $70 which is way to much.
     
  15. Guild McCommunist

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    People assume it's Nintendo's fault?

    Like I'll actually defend them here. They don't publish every games and there's only been a few times that they published a region exclusive. Look at the Wii. Xenoblade and Last Story both got localized. The ones that didn't were Captain Rainbow (which I didn't think sold well anyway) and Zangeki no Reginleiv (which is probably in the same boat). Those are the only ones that come to mind at least.

    For the 3DS, most games people want localized are third party games anyway. Nintendo could publish them but there's no reason why they would. Their "third party publisher" thing was only for a few noteworthy games (like DQIX). Most everything else is themselves.
     
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    with the 3ds being region locked i hope pokemon trades wont be
     
  17. ShawnTRods

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    Pokemon trades arent "region-based" since GBA era.
    Region lock wont prevent people from trading pokemon or even battling people from other regions.
    The Wi-Fi is there in pokemon so you can play people online.

    I dont think region-lock affects cross region online play in any game.
     
  18. lokomelo

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    A 3DS game costs here in official retailers around US$ 115,50 (R$ 199,99). They sue direct importers here, so I might imagine that they do not like importing.
     
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    Trading is done by Wifi so its not region locked but the games are which is a huge downside in the future, I mean look at all the Japan only DS exclusives.


    Seriously they sue direct importers?
    Any news articles on that?
     
  20. astrangeone

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    I used to import a ton of games. PSP Gundam Battle Royale. Now there's a game that will never see the light of day in North America.

    I think that Nintendo really shot themselves in the foot by region locking games, but I can see why. It's getting harder to control the media and how they report on games. (If the 3DS was released before the age of the Internet, I don't think there would have been problems - the users wouldn't have found out about it.)

    I think it's a mixture of wanting to be more in control of the system, coupled with copyright/licensing issues (hence why we'd never see Earthbound on Canadian/American soil or even the Monster Hunter 3G here), coupled with just trying to dictate what should be sold here. (I really don't want to see Mario Kart 8/9/eighty bajillion, in lieu of more interesting franchises.)