Region Unlocking Pokemon (original cart)

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  1. michael2016
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    Hi dudes, I have a JP 3DS and want to purchase a local EU game cart to play on my 3DS. I know I can bypass region locks with my Sky3DS+, but wondering how I can go about playing a physical cart from another region.

    I don't want to pirate, but also don't want to buy it through the JP Eshop as its substantially more expensive. Could i perhaps buy an EU cart, dump it, extract the header and inject the header into my own dump, then play it through the Sky3DS+?

    Unfortunately I can't install CFW due to requiring a hardmod, so my options are limited.

    Thanks :)
     
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    All pokemon games are region free now.

    Edit: Can someone confirm this? I'm reading conflicting information.

    Edit 2: It seems the games ARE still region locked.

    You can't dump games using sky3DS as far as I know, so this method won't work. If you don't want to pirate, why do you own a sky3DS?
     
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    They all have an English language option but are still locked :( Would downloading a predumped rom, buying the game, extracting the header and injecting it be a viable/safe option?
     
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    x65943 Resident Greekaboo, Amateur Dog Father

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    Can you extract the header using SKY3DS? Have you done that before?

    Also, any header should work. You don't need a pokemon sumo one.
     
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    I don't believe in piracy (personal choice), so I wouldn't want to do it unless I'd bought it through a legitimate channel first.

    You can't extract headers with a Sky3DS+, but I have a power plays thingamajig. I think I can do it with that?
     
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    Pokemon games are region free. (Note that region lock is a property of a CXI = the first partition that holds the software itself)
    But the included system update is region locked, so it causes the card to be rejected, unless a CFW patch makes the console ignore card updates.
    The physical versions of the Louvre guide are the only region free physical games without an update partition :)
     
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