Importing a JP 3DS XL to use in North America - can CFW resolve the region issues?

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  1. charleskimble
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking at importing a metallic blue 3DS XL NTSC from Japan to use here in North America, and play North American backups.

    I've successfully put CFW on a North American 2DS without any complications and it's working great, but can I follow Plialect's 3ds guide again for the exact same process on an imported Japanese 3DS?

    Will there be any region issues or complications? Anything I should watch out for? I'm assuming that because the 3DS XL is brand new, the firmware should be hackable still... can anyone confirm?

    Thanks in advance!
     


  2. tipsytoto

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    Could be wrong but if it is used you may not be able to get eshop working.
     
  3. ih8ih8sn0w

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    You would need for it to be new and have it never access the eshop to work flawlessly with a region swap. For that to happen, you would need to find on that is on or below 10.7 or above 8.1 (its easier to work with a 9.0+ console).
     
  4. Ronhero

    Ronhero Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die

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    Every console I have gotten from Japan in the last two months has been 11.x
     
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    Which ones have you been importing?

    The seller confirmed this has never been used or opened, and I think they were released in 2014. Online reports they were shipped with 9.x

    Unless they've been re-manufactured?
     
  6. Akira

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    is JPN consoles cheaper than US ones?
     
  7. Ronhero

    Ronhero Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die

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    I order from play asia and amazon jp. Primary order white ll, blue ll and other limited edition ones

    Depends on how many you order, shipping prices and current exchange rate. They average about $20 less from amazon
     
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  8. squall14716

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    A New 3DS XL from Amazon.co.jp shipped to the USA is ~$170, so it is a bit cheaper actually. But, of course, to CFW/region change it, it'd have to be 10.7 or below (unlikely) or you'd need to hardmod it or have another, already CFW'd Japanese console for DSiWarehax.
     
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    Ronhero Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die

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    Thanks for confining what i just said :-)

    People believe what they want to believe, nice to have another person confining my findings
     
  10. Akira

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    Totally off-topic, but the store I bought N3DS right now has a tons of DUAL IPS lol.
     
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    Lucky, i can't even find any 3ds locally to fulfill my orders due to the holiday rush.

    Also what colors? For me the cosmo, pink and green have been really good for dual ips. White has been a hit or miss for bottom or dual
     
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    I grabbed a NIB Japanese O3DS from some Amazon seller to give me the capability to downgrade other Japanese consoles (without hardmod) for fun. I've only done one so far, though, a Pink 2DS from Amazon. It was a bit more expensive than a US 2DS, but my little sister fucking loves pink stuff.

    I might grab some N3DSXLs for more fun. Not sure how I can justify buying more 3DSes but I'll figure it out. :)
     
  13. charleskimble
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    I'm looking to order this one: https://www.amazon.co.jp/任天堂-Newニンテ...F8&qid=1483340887&sr=1-1&keywords=3ds+ll&th=1

    Have you guys ordered this one specifically? I'm so surprised that it would be over 11.x considering it was released in 2014....

    Thanks for the feedback, it's really appreciated
     
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    The SFC and Pikachu have the highest resale value for the price for me

    Just because it was released in 2014 doesn't mean they don't make new ones. Japan has a high turn over rate for consoles so if it was made in August or later its 11.0
     
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    I haven't, but it's a normal N3DSXL. They are making new ones constantly and 11.0 has been out for a good long while.
     
  16. Akira

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    Only Black N3DS though, and EUR only hehe
     
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    Is there anywhere that sells the famicom version for MSRP?
     
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    Amazon has them for fairly cheap. I ordered 6 of them when they released

    Edit: Currently $260 shipped
     
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    I just bought a white N3DS LL on the Japanese amazon site and it came with 9.9J.

    They don't seem to be that uncommon.
     
  20. Ronhero

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    Mine came with 11.0 its really just a crap shoot