Hey, GBAtemp new user here. I've been lurking around before making my purchase of my first 3DS and I have some concerns. I'm thinking about purchasing NEW 3DS online ( http://www.play-asia.com/new-nintendo-3ds-xl-metallic-black-paOS-13-49-en-70-87i3.html ) even though its AUS and I live in the US. My logic is that once the newest Gateway 3DS is released I can use that to play games from any region. One of the things I'm concerned about is if I will be able to play play locally with my other friend and their 3DSs. Ive been told that some 3DS games have region-locked online multi-player, but i dont know about local play compatibility between differing regions. Since this is my first 3DS it feels weird getting the older 3DS knowing that next year there might be better version out. I have called around in my local area and have found some US 3DSs that are at 4.5 firmware and that will be my next choice if importing a NEW 3DS is a bad idea.