PSA about Pokémon code events

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Lucifer666, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. Lucifer666
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    I tried redeeming a Dragonite code my brother got at Gamestop on my American copy of Alpha Sapphire, and it said "this code cannot be used on this game"

    This was on my Japanese N3DS, but the game and the code were American. I tried a whole bunch of times (and yeah, I do have my EULA set to ff.ff)

    When I put the game into my American old 3DS it worked just fine

    In other words it doesn't just look at the region of the code vs. the region of the game. It looks at the region of the console too.

    Hope this helps anyone who may have been confused about why the codes they tried weren't working.
     
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    tivu100 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Interesting info.

    Can Event Pokemon be traded on PlayNav locally between friends (without internet)?
     
  3. dkabot

    dkabot Better With Others' Systems Than Their Own

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    Pokemon games have no region; they're all the same ID. The update data is different, though, which is why they don't launch.
    Thus, they check the console instead.
     
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    There's a Pokemon promo at Gamestop?
     
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    could you clarify? what if no game updates were installed, would it be region free then? I'm doubtful

    I'd imagine so, why wouldn't they be? Just like any other Pokémon..
     
  6. dkabot

    dkabot Better With Others' Systems Than Their Own

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    Game updates are region free, too. If you for some crazy reason region swap without reformatting (me) updates from the JP shop will work with a "US" game. Because it's the game thing.
    Updates are console-side anyway, they don't magically install to the cart.

    The only things that are region based in a Pokemon game are the update on the cart (if it IS a cart, CIA need not apply) and the region of the console.
     
  7. Melon__Bread

    Melon__Bread ~It's A Magik~

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    I wonder if you could get these codes to work by loading up a pokemon .cia then using the GW card trick to make the game think it is USA region
     
  8. Neptune

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    This has been answered so many times before. The game detects the region of the console it is running on and creates a save data flag for the region. The region it is created on allows those region's codes. Export your save and edit the region to US from JP and save it and it will be permanently saved so you can use US codes in the future.

    @SciresM can do a better job at explaining it I'm sure :)
     
  9. Lucifer666
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    what's the GW card trick? I'm sure I know of it just not by that vague name
    I started the save on my north american O3DS XL, only just recently started putting the cart into my JP N3DS. You sure that theory's right? :P
     
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    99.99% sure.