Region change to Chinese

Discussion in '3DS - ROM Hacking, Translations and Utilities' started by sirben, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. sirben
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    Hi guys,
    I'm looking for a way to change my 3ds region to Chinese. But I can't seem to find a ctrtransfer image that changes the 3ds default language to Chinese. If anyone has one or has a different method to convert the 3ds default language to Chinese. I would highly appreciate it !
     
  2. TurdPooCharger

    TurdPooCharger Brush your teeth.

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  3. bennyman123abc

    bennyman123abc Master of the Script Kiddies

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    Training some more Script Kiddies
    I was expecting a Chinese 3DS region swap tutorial. :(
     
  4. Spmario233

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    ...You want to be banned?
     
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  5. TurdPooCharger

    TurdPooCharger Brush your teeth.

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    I probably butchered the translation,

    @Spmario233, 你不可以用中文。GBAtemp 是只英语。
    [...] You are not allowed to use Chinese. GBAtemp is English only.

    https://gbatemp.net/help/terms
     
  6. TurdPooCharger

    TurdPooCharger Brush your teeth.

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    Reporting back on my research findings into (attempts to) region change my 3DS into TWN or CHN.

    I used this guide to region change without resorting to CTRtransfer. Had success making my N3DSXL into JPN, so this method works.
    Rehashed Tutorial
    1. Use a spare SD card for region changing and testing.
    2. In GodMode9, back up your current SysNAND and save the image dump on your computer (for safety).
    3. Create an EmuNAND cloned from your SysNAND using GodMode9. This is one the few times you should use EmuNAND.
    4. Reinstall a minimum CFW setup with homebrew launcher, *.3dsx FBI, *.cia versions of both FBI and SysUpdater, and the *.cia files in the region firmware package placed in the updates folder.
    5. Select (x) Autoboot EmuNAND and (x) Show NAND or user string in System Settings in Luma3DS configuration.
    6. Check that your 3DS is in EmuNAND by going to System Settings. Example: Emu 11.7.0-40U
    7. Install the *.cia versions of FBI and SysUpdater using the *.3dsx FBI from Homebrew Launcher.
    8. Go to SysUpdater and press (A) update. If you're downgrading AND region changing to a lower firmware, use (Y) downgrade instead.
    9. Go back to GodMode9. Create a SecureInfo_C copied from either SecureInfo_A or SecureInfo_B. Your two SecureInfo files should both be located in [4: EMUNAND CTRNAND]/rw/sys folder. Remember, we're region changing in EmuNAND and NOT SysNAND. Do not go to [1:] SYSNAND CTRNAND.
    10. Use the built-in GM9 hex editor on your SecureInfo_C. Change the value at offset 0x100 to one of these:
      Code:
      00 = JPN , 01 = USA, 02 = EUR, 03 = AUS * [check 3dbrew link], 04 = CHN, 05 = KOR, 06 = TWN
    11. If your attempt at region changing was successful, you should be able to boot into HOME Menu.
    12. Use FBI and go to Titles. Delete your original region's System Titles. These are the ones highlighted in red.
    13. Go to your new region's System Settings and check if you're region was successfully changed. If you changed to TWN for example: Emu 11.7.0-40T
    14. Test your region changed EmuNAND for any problems in 3DS gaming, GBA Virtual Console, DSiWare, Recovery Mode, firmware updating, WiFi online, etc.
    15. Once your EmuNAND performs up to expectation, use GodMode9 to Backup EmuNAND and Restore SysNAND (safe) with your EmuNAND image.

    Good News
    That darth site hosts the CHN and TWN firmware collection for the Old 3DS series (ie: 2DS, 3DS, 3DSXL).

    Bad News
    You can't region change to CHN and TWN for the New 3DS series (ie: N3DS, N3DSXL, N2DSXL). I tried to recreate the firmware packages for both regions by mixing and matching the *.cia files from all the regions and Old/New series packages as per what 3dbrew.org states the Chinese and Taiwanese versions should contain:
    Here are the files I was able to collect for the CHN region. (I won't list the similar TWN list due to formatting hassle).

    *Recreated* N3DS 11.7.0-40C firmware package (FAILED)

    Either there are mismatches in the Old 3DS CHN files used on my N3DSXL, New 3DS CHN specific titles are missing, or combination of both. Trying to boot after the SecureInfo_C edit causes my system to ARM11 crash.

    Someone with real TWN and/or CHN New 3DS/2DS (XL) systems will have to dump their system titles into *.cia or create/share their CTRTransfer images.
     
    Last edited by TurdPooCharger, Aug 12, 2018 at 12:05 PM
  7. Zhongtiao1

    Zhongtiao1 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    The new 3ds/new 2ds was never released in the CHN or TWN regions. So there are no Chinese firmwares available for n3ds devices.
     
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  8. TurdPooCharger

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    THIS EXPLAINS EVERYTHING! :gun:

    I never understood why CTRTransfer images were missing and 3DNUS failing to download the New series *.cia for the TWN and CHN regions.

    The most populous ethnic people in the world, I should have known better. There would have bound to be one person who would have shared his or her Chinese or Taiwanese New 3DS XL firmware dumps if it existed, right? HAHA, idiot me. :hateit:

    Well, now we know better than to ask for the impossible. I wished someone sooner had told us CHN/TWN N3DSXL were never a thing.

    We can write that off from the wishlist. I guess if someone really wanted this bad enough, they could try hacking the JPN and KOR versions as a starting point.

    Interesting Fact about the Old 3DS XL
    Apparently in China, Nintendo doesn't sell this system under their company name. It's known as the iQue 3DS XL due to how business in that country requires joint venture.
    [​IMG]

    I find it funny the CHN region is assigned as 04, which is considered an unlucky number to many far east Asians.
     
  9. Jhynjhiruu

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    Interesting fact about the Old 3DS Non-XL: it was also never released in China. The only iQue 3DS family system is the iQue 3DS XL.
     
  10. Zhongtiao1

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    Yeah, ique 3ds xl are special. They are the only 3ds versions that can run ique DS games.

    Another interesting fact, Nintendo Taiwan used to be its own branch of Nintendo, but due to lack of sales, it was merged with Nintendo Hong Kong. Hence why Doraemon was translated into Traditional Chinese, but only released in Taiwan.
     
  11. Jhynjhiruu

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    Actually, every DS ever made, except the non-iQue DS Phat and Lite, can run iQue DS games. Nintendo either forgot to implement the region locking for the DSi and 3DS, or decided it wasn't worth implementing.
     
  12. TurdPooCharger

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    If it was translated into Traditional Mandarin, I doubt the Cantonese and Hong Kong 3DS gamers would have liked playing (or rather) reading that game, lol.

    I once tried learning all Japanese, Mandarin (both), and Cantonese. You know you've pissed them all over when you use the wrong character sets. :creep:
     
  13. cearp

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    I've done it, don't worry about all the ctr transfer stuff, I just did it manually. (This was back when I showed the first public 3ds region change)
    I simply changed the secureinfo file, and installed the correct system cias. (the yellows8 site makes it easy to know which ones to get!)
    This was probably about 3+ years ago, so just have a deep search! :)
     
    Last edited by cearp, Aug 12, 2018 at 5:07 PM
  14. Zhongtiao1

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    It was my understanding that the reason it wouldn't work on others was because the Chinese character set requires a larger amount of RAM to store the text than other language, so the iQue ds has more RAM than its international equivalents.
     
  15. Jhynjhiruu

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    The plan was for the BIOS/firmware to store the characters, but this never happened, so the characters are pretty much done the same as in any other DS game. iQue DS games play just fine on an international DS with a single byte changed in the ROM, or by default on a >=DSi.