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Topic: Region locking

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Henmii

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I am still a bit confused about the whole region locking issue. I understand that 3DS reatail games are region locked: You can only play European games on European devices, American games on American devices, etc. But what about my old DS retail games. Can I play my American Kirby canvas curse on a European 3DS? And how can I see that a 3DS retail game is from my region? I guess we won't have PAL and NTSC on the 3DS, so there must be another way to see if a game is from my region. I did send Nintendo a email, but didn't get a proper answer. Have you guys any idea?

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Retro_on_theGo

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Yes old DS games aren't region locked so they'll work fine on any region 3DS. On the cover for the 3DS games there should be a picture of the rating board that rated the game. I believe for Europe it's something like Pegi. I'm not from Europe so I'm not one to know,but here in America the rating board is ESRB. That should be a way of telling where it's from.

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killer6370

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if you see Pegi or USK its from europe theres an easy way to find that out esrb does not use nubers for their rating youl see a big T,M,AO on usa games with pegi youll see 6+,12+ ect and USk is easy to know theres a number and the rating has a color Red 18+,16+ blue 12+=green
for eg this is a german sims 3 packshot http://yurl.fr/adlJ1

and this is the us packshot http://www.simstoday.de/index.php?page=Attachment&attachm...

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theblackdragon

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the region lock does not apply to normal DS titles. it only applies to DSi/3DS retail and downloadable titles. your NA copy of Canvas Curse will play fine on your 3DS.

As for telling whether a game is for your region or not, the packaging will be different, as will the rating — ESRB rates games for NA, PEGI for EU, CERO for JP, and i think AUS has their own ratings board as well.

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ahhhh....seeing a topic with the word "locking" in the title and then seeing tbd's avatar next to it...

had to come see.

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Henmii

6. Posted:

Thanks guys! I had never thought about the rating boards. That way it's easy to see from wich region the game is.

"it only applies to DSi/3DS retail and downloadable titles"

You mean DS retail games with DSi features, such as Art academy? Well, there are only a few of them and I don't plan to buy those anyway.

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