New 3DS: Region Unlock (2016)

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  1. Notshane
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    As the title and year apply, I wanted this thread to specifically aid those that are looking for a solution as much as I am and it will be an easier snag for them when they Google it.

    Anyway, I want to get Sky3DS+ simply for the purpose of region unlocking. I disposed of my other one a while back cause, well, it became outdated. Now, I want it again so that I can play one of my favorite games from one of my favorite series that is unfortunately an import title.

    I wanted to use NINJHAX, but it is just as expensive, actually more, than that of a Sky3DS+ and a MicroSD included, even. I heard Ocarina of Time has an exploit now, but I am mixed about that. What I want to know is if there are any similar to the (now defunct) tubehax or maybe another simple browserhax one.

    I really do want to play that game again and miss being able to do so. What's the easiest method I can do in order to region unlock my device? Yes, I believe it does have the most current firmware, but I did hear that Sky3DS+ no longer uses the complex "disk write" process, or whatever it was called, and simplified it. I also hear that it is capable of withstanding firmware updates a lot now, too.
     


  2. Vappy

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    Sky3DS write process was simplified, I believe it's simple drag and drop now, but does as it always did require you to use one of the homebrew entrypoints to enable region free. So your choice is either a copy of Cubic Ninja, a Sky3DS, or a copy of Ocarina of Time and some way to write the exploit save file to the cart (PowerSaves dongle or a second homebrew-enabled 3DS).
     
  3. cearp

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    being on new 3ds and being 2016 makes no difference to your situation, you can follow the existing region changing guides...
    so you are on the latest fw, which is 10.7... ok.
    which is able to be downgraded, fully hackable.
    you can follow the guides, search the forum :)

    (but yes as Vappy says, you will need an entry point!)
     
  4. Bedel

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    Well you allways can buy sky3DS and put cubic ninja on it. Permanent entrypoint.
     
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    Well, Sky3DS also lets me try 3DS games before I buy them, yes? Since it is the same price as Cubic Ninja and I get a few more benefits, I might as well go for it, then. It will probably last me a while.

    Well, according to Smealum's website, I do not have many options with current firmware besides the aforesaid ones.

    But, yeah, I suppose I would not miss the eShop if I choose to acquire CFW. I use my smartphone for Game Boy and SNES games anyway since it has actual multiplayer features that are not present on my 3DS, alongside the glorious HD resolution. I suppose I would miss a few games here and there, but I could always just bring it back to modern firmware to visit the shop again, right? Either way, I'm sure I will not need to worry about downgrading for something as simple as unlocking the region. It shouldn't require that much effort.

    Like I said before, that just makes me think a lot. I have a feeling Cubic Ninja will reach its end someday with a big update, but I have a feeling that Sky3DS would outlast it and it has the additional feature of try before you buy with 3DS games.
     
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    It might be worth reading into the full capabilities of CFW before writing it off. In particular, emuNAND is very helpful, as it lets you run the latest system software while keeping your system fully exploitable, by running from a partition on the SD card instead of the 3DS's internal storage.
     
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    Why would you lose the eShop? You won't lose the eShop unless you change the region of your 3DS (and there is a way coming to be able to keep the eShop on region-changed devices).
     
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    If you have a CFW you can still access the Eshop, you can also play almost any Virtual Console Game on the 3ds native Emulator or one of the Homebrew Emulators, as for bypassing region change, you can either find a copy of Zelda:OOT for $20 thanks to the Nintendo Selects and a power save or someway to edit Save data, including the Original DS family with homebrew, or a copy of oot, or Smash and Linux to access homebrew to either downgrade or use one of the homebrew region free apps
     
  9. Notshane
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    Is CFW a tricky process? More importantly, if the 3DS got a system update, what would become of it?

    I remember reading somewhere saying that would happen.

    Hmm, so Ocarina of Time is the easiest method, huh? Fair enough. I would save a lot of money, too. And, upon reading more about it, Sky3DS apparently has a poor reputation concerning its switching of cards on occasion; with the price increasing for each new card as it goes on.

    You got a video tutorial for that one, though? I heard the Ocarina of Time method is hard.
     
  10. cearp

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    the 3ds has had loads of updates.
    we can still access eshop with cfw. that should say enough :)

    your situation is not special, just relax, get the cheapest sky3ds you can find/borrow one, and hack your 3ds and play your free games :)
     
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    CFW isn't that hard if you can follow instructions, We have had many 3ds updates and all we do is just update the CFW. You won't loose Eshop, The only way is if you change your 3ds region. and for the OOThax tutorial https://gbatemp.net/threads/tutorial-how-to-install-oot3dhax.396339/
     
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    Or you could just follow the plailect guide - it is really step by step and you can't do anything wrong if you don't skip any steps (I actually think the people with a small amount of experience are the ones most likely to brick because they start thinking they can skip stuff, then they skip the wrong stuff. Noobs at least are likely to follow every step as written).
    https://github.com/Plailect/Guide/wiki
     
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    basic cfw installs are really easy
    and more importantly with cfw you can simply play out of region games there is no need to region change the device unless you have a J console and want it in english or you need a specific out of region game update
     
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    I suppose I just fear the worst as far as bricking goes. That is perhaps one reason as to why I am leaning on Sky3DS+, as I know it is its own entity for the most part. Oh, and being able to just put a Cubic Ninja ROM no there anyway to load up NINJHAX to get to the Region Unlocker.

    Oh, and another thing I fear is game updates. I am well aware that, due to its longevity in the community, how popular NINJHAX still is, I ponder how long the Ocarina of Time exploit will last.

    That being said, it is only twenty bucks and if it lasts a while, that'd be great. This process on that tutorial, thank you by the way for actually sharing one as many just tell me to Google and I appreciate you for that :)

    Well, like I said before, I wanted to do all this for the sake of the region unlocker. So, if there really is a simple process for me to do such as with Ocarina of Time, I want to stick with that. At this time, I don't know what I would even do once I have The Homebrew Launcher as a regular thing to begin with. I can live with booting up a game every time or whatever like I did with tubehax when I had it.

    Shoot, as I keep typing, I keep getting more replies! Not that I don't appreciate them, but I am trying to take my time to make sure I don't accidentally skip over anyone.

    Anyway, I did not want to just change the entire region. You must be thinking of when I said "I suppose I would not miss the eShop" as I thought this process related to what I did with the region changing on my Wii.
     
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    The simple solution is to use the Sky3DS with a cubic ninja rom. You can keep your out of region games on the same SD card as cubic ninja. That way there is no swapping of cartridges when you want to play something. The only "easy" entry points on 10.7 or higher systems are cubic ninja and OOT.
    OOT requires a modified system or powersaves to inject the save game before it will work. Also the OOT entry point takes up all three save slots so you are not able to play the game.

    Simple steps.

    1. Load the homebrew launcher with your cubic ninja rom.
    2. Choose the region free loader.
    3. Press the button on the Sky3DS until your game appears.
    4. Play your out of region game.

    Cubic ninja is basically future proof as long as they keep updating the payload for future firmwares.
    The downside to out of region games is they can not be updated (even if using a CFW) this also includes DLC. It will connect from the home menu and download the update but it will not work.
     
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    but you can find cias of dlc and updates on the internet and install them
     
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    He was looking for simple. The "simple" way is to not have a CFW and use SKY. That means no .cia installing.
     
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    yes but he also wants to use region free stuff, so he would have to have some hack separate from sky to do this
     
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    He just wants to play games. Sky and a cubic ninja rom will do it. Did you read my post??
     
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    yes i did, i quoted a part of it, i read through it :)

    i was just suggesting it is possible to get dlc and updates, not that he has to!...
     
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