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Rumor Water: 3DS Will Be Region-Locked Confirms Nintendo Japan

by Ernice Gilbert on January 11th, 2011, under Hot, News, Nintendo

Planned on purchasing a 3DS? Planned on importing some of those awesome Japanese games to play on it? Stop dreaming, Nintendo Japans’s apparently confirmed that its latest handheld will be region-locked. Basically you’ll only be able to play games purchased on the local you’re in.

It’s a damned shame.

This news comes to us via a news letter published by Nintendo’s Japanese branch, (via GAF).

The Nintendo DS was region-free, but the DSi and DSi XL have been region-locked.

We’ll await an official word from Nintendo.


  1. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 4:17 am

    for now.

  2. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 7:05 am


  3. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 8:41 am

    only a matter of time till people hack the system and remove the region locking.
    only took 12 days with the DS XL so i give the 3DS 3 weeks.

  4. Wed, 12th Jan 2011 at 8:43 am

    ha. Hackers, I tell ya.

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