Hardware Is the region lock Country specific or Region?

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It's actually country specific.

Korea has its own region, same with Hong Kong and Taiwan.

It doesn't matter that much though, since the 3 main regions are Europe, Japan and Americas.

You can buy a 3DS from Spain and play UK games because they fall under the European region.
 

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NTSC-J (Japan only)
NTSC-U (USA/Canada only) (and certainly borderline countries + islands)
PAL (Europe/Australia)

And has chris888222 said, HK/Taiwan/China (and certainly once again a few extra kinda independent little countries may have their own region.

Don't know about russia east-europe countries? it's Pal?
 

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NTSC-J (Japan only)
NTSC-U (USA/Canada only) (and certainly borderline countries + islands)
PAL (Europe/Australia)

And has chris888222 said, HK/Taiwan/China (and certainly once again a few extra kinda independent little countries may have their own region.

Don't know about russia east-europe countries? it's Pal?

........................ :( asia is not a region :( nintendo fail...but i live in India got that 3ds imported from USA lol bad news is since its far i rarely get games


 

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NTSC-J (Japan only)
NTSC-U (USA/Canada only) (and certainly borderline countries + islands)
PAL (Europe/Australia)

And has chris888222 said, HK/Taiwan/China (and certainly once again a few extra kinda independent little countries may have their own region.

Don't know about russia east-europe countries? it's Pal?

........................ :( asia is not a region :( nintendo fail...but i live in India got that 3ds imported from USA lol bad news is since its far i rarely get games


 

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NTSC-J (Japan only)
NTSC-U (USA/Canada only) (and certainly borderline countries + islands)
PAL (Europe/Australia)

And has chris888222 said, HK/Taiwan/China (and certainly once again a few extra kinda independent little countries may have their own region.

Don't know about russia east-europe countries? it's Pal?

........................ :( asia is not a region :( nintendo fail...but i live in India got that 3ds imported from USA lol bad news is since its far i rarely get games


 

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As for Asia, some share with Nintendo of Europe, and some with Nintendo of America.
As for Africa, that's mainly Nintendo of Europe.
Russia is NoE as well, as well as East-Europe.
 

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I think I'll add this useful map into this thread.
Of course region locking is designed primarily to avoid piracy or Nintendo wanting to control release dates by not allowing people to import their games from abroad.
This is proved by the fact that old DS consoles could play cartridges around the world.

Steam do this as well, which is one of the annoyances of the platform (persons moves from UK to America, message box appears "Sorry, this game is not available in your region.", FUUUUUUUUUUUU-!)

The differences between the television standards PAL, NTSC, SECAM are to do with physical limitations due to the picture frequency (number of fields per second) of your television in PAL it is 50Hz and NTSC it's 60Hz. Two of my PS2 games which were Tekken 4 and Shadow the Hedgehog allowed you to select this frequency depending on your region and when I tried 60Hz on my TV, the output was black and white, plus fuzzy.
 
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