Using European CIAs on US 3DS XL with Gateway? Bad?

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  1. Chrushev
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    So should I make sure I use MH4U CIA from USA to play on USA console online? Or for CIAs region dont matter? Same question for games that claim to be "region free". Is that because they were hacked to be region free or what?

    Basically the simple question is... are eshop games region free or should I only make sure to get the ones from my region?
     
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    (All?) 3DS games are region locked, including eshop games. Any .cia that say "region free" are edited, or "hacked" to be such.

    There is not yet sufficient information available to decide whether using .cia from other regions, or even from your own region is safe for online play. Information so far suggests that, for now, using any .cia is fine. This may change abruptly.
     
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    Ok so sounds like its best to go with ur region CIAs only...
     
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    For MH4U, you'll want to get the US one. That way you can access the DLC menu, and get the free DLC package. However, you can still play online if you chose to use an EU copy, so if you don't care about the free DLC, it doesn't really matter. To answer the title's question, it isn't bad per se, but for the best compatibility (when it comes to online matchmaking and DLC) you want to match regions.
     
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    At present it doesn't matter at all which region of .cia you play. In the future that may or may not change.
     
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    If I have some CIAs or .3ds that arent clearly labeled. is there any way to tell what region its from?
     
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    You could check what the filenames of their saves are, and then look that titleid up at 3ds.essh.co