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Topic: DSi NTSC-C

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Garmit

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Hello!

I (foolishly) just purchased a DSi XL on eBay on behalf of a friend. I then read the description (i know...I know...) And it says it's region is NTSC-C. Can anybody tell me if this will prevent it from playing cartridges purchased here in the UK?

Any advice on this would be gratefully received. Including the obvious "Read the description before you buy anything on eBay!"

Garmit

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Cipher

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Hi, Garmit - the good news is that the vast majority of Nintendo DS games are region-free, so will work absolutely fine on your Nintendo DSi XL. There are only two exceptions:

  • Nintendo DSi-enhanced Game Cards - for example, Pokémon Black and White Versions 2. These are designed to make use of some Nintendo DSi features. Check the bottom-left of the game card; if the first three letters of the code are TWL, it's one of these game cards and it's region-locked. If the first three letters are NTR, you'll be fine.
  • Nintendo DSi-only Game Cards - these games will only play on a Nintendo DSi system. One example - possibly the only example, actually - is the first-party software Face Training, which requires the use of the cameras. All of these game cards are region-locked.

Other than that, you should be good to go. I think NTSC-C is China-based, though there might be a language option to switch to English if that is the case.

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Garmit

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That is brilliant. Thanks a lot for taking the time out to post a reply. Have a good Christmas!

Garmit

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sourapplejuice

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If you want to purchase anything from the e-shop you'll have to search online for a Nintendo points card from China. I bought a DSi on eBay not knowing it was a US version. I don't have a problem with it.

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KingMike

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Cipher wrote:

  • Nintendo DSi-only Game Cards - these games will only play on a Nintendo DSi system. One example - possibly the only example, actually - is the first-party software Face Training, which requires the use of the cameras. All of these game cards are region-locked.

I think there are only four DSi-exclusive games in the world. Face Training is the only EU exclusive (released in Japan as a normal DS game with a camera attachment requiring the GBA slot, neither version was released in North America).
Foto Showdown was released in Japan and North America. Picture Perfect Hair Salon was released in NA and AU (according to Wikipedia), and System Flaw was NA-only.
So, total 1 game in Japan, AU and EU, 3 in NA.

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Rebel81

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You missed Hidden Photo, which was retail in Europe, als Hair Salon was released in Europe.

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