Question re: region locking

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by gibberish, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. gibberish

    gibberish GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 12, 2009

    I would really like to buy the Korg DS10 plus software for my DSi or DSi XL, but it wasn't released in Europe. Am I to understand that the extra 4 synths (ie the DSi content) won't work on either console?

    If that's the case, does anyone want to sell me a USA DSi or DSi XL? :lol:
  2. BORTZ

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    I think what you are saying is correct. DSi software is region locked, where as universal DS stuff (games, carts, etc) is region free.
  3. Kouen Hasuki

    Kouen Hasuki Kouen the Cyber Husky

    Jan 9, 2013
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    Still never understood why Nintendo decided to go that route these days
  4. MrMarco

    MrMarco Medium Tech-Addict

    Apr 15, 2013
    Maybe it's against piracy or even key leaking.

    I wondered if the region lock standed for different encryption and decryption keys for each 3DS region.

    That would make things hard for hacking, IMO. But I doubt it's made this way...
  5. Chocolina

    Chocolina GBAtemp Fan

    May 28, 2012
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    I think DSi Shop's reason for region locking is different than 3DS' eshop of region locking

    Whereas the entire 3DS is region locked to keep it more hack-safe, the DSi's region lock is only extended to DSi Ware. Certian DSiWare titles could only be allowed to be sold in specific regions to either licensing issues, or "ESBR" issues.
    For example, "ESBR" system is not universal. Its for America only. Other countries and regions share their own systems that are like ESBR, but called under different names. And as you'd also expect, their system's rules don;t apply to our own. Whats considered "T" for Teen AKA 12-13 and up could be free for less age, any age, or restricted to just adults. Quite a few games refuse a certian title to be sold in their country until the producer/developers change content in their games to meet the requirements/restrictions of their ESBR-like systems

    The other reason is because of licensing reasons. DSiWare goes THROUGH Nintendo's Service, and Nintendo may be held back to list/release certian games due to contractual obligations that come with that game. For example why a game like Jump Super Stars would NEVER see the light of day outside of Japan was because too many publishers had their hand and brand in a single developer/producer's game. There are games in Japan and Europe alike that ARENT allowed to be sold in the US, and vise versa. It stands within reason that the DSiShop as well as most online shops have to obey the will of the producers.

    Anti-piracy might be a perk of region locking, but for the DSiWare, its all about licensing issues and age restrictions of certian regions. The DSi itself however can run any physical DS game you insert into it.