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Hey guys, I'm very new here and I have a question to ask...

Last year, around December 2012 I bought a Nintendo 3DS XL in the USA. I knew that 3DS consoles are in fact Region locked and my console is in NTSC U/C format... Now, I've decided that I wanted to buy Pokemon X from the eShop when it comes out...
However, I am currently living in New Zealand, a PAL country. And whenever I go into the Nintendo eShop, the prices I see are all in US$ which is fine by me. (NTSC U/C prices are ridiculously cheaper than PAL) And so, I wanted to ask if I buy, download and play Pokemon X from the eShop, will it work on my console even if my internet connection is in New Zealand?

  • The Nintendo eShop currently on my console is in a North American Region. (I'm quite positive as the price for Pokemon X is $39.99 which is almost around the same price as other retailers in the US, and the price for Pokemon X in New Zealand is around $70.)
  • I saw somewhere that only US Internet connection can buy US games and that only a US credit card would work on a US eShop.
  • I have a VISA Credit card, and when I checked on the eShop, they accepted top-ups using VISA.

Please tell me if I need to explain clearly, since this is how I can explain it in the simplest way.

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Oh, I forgot to add, If someone has a link in the forums about a similar problem like mine that has been resolved, please kindly send me the link! I will greatly appreciate it! Thanks! :)

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I.....THINK you should be able to buy it from New Zealand. Have you downloaded any other stuff on Eshop before? Try downloading a cheap yet good game on Eshop and see what happens. If you can buy that with your VISA then I bet you can buy PK X. And since PK X has region settings WITHIN the game... You can set them any way you want. Thats what I think. Lol

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Blastoise-san wrote:

I.....THINK you should be able to buy it from New Zealand. Have you downloaded any other stuff on Eshop before? Try downloading a cheap yet good game on Eshop and see what happens. If you can buy that with your VISA then I bet you can buy PK X. And since PK X has region settings WITHIN the game... You can set them any way you want. Thats what I think. Lol

  • I have bought a Fire Emblem DEMO, and it does work. But, then again.. It's a DEMO, not the actual game.
  • I have also bought Netflix and it worked while I was still in the USA, but it stopped when I came to New Zealand (this is simply because Netflix doesn't operate in New Zealand)
  • Pokemon X and Y are region locked. Meaning you can only change the languages of the game, not the region as that is part of the system format.

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Pokemon X & Y Friend Safari: Electric - Zebstrika, Pikachu, Helioptile(?)

Difference Between School & Life:
In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.

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If the demo worked on your US eShop, then you should be able to download a full game.

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ScroogeMcLz wrote:

If the demo worked on your US eShop, then you should be able to download a full game.

Oh okay! Thank you soo much! :DD I was really torn on where to buy the game from amongst Play-Asia, Amazon, eBay and even GameStop! Then, I realized I can get it from the eShop. Everything's so expensive when you include shipping. Hahaha.

Thanks again @ScroogeMcLz @Blastoise-san ! :))

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It will work, you can buy a 3DS from Japan and use an American credit card without any problems.

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FishieFish wrote:

It will work, you can buy a 3DS from Japan and use an American credit card without any problems.

How about the other way around?
What if I buy an American 3DS and use a Japanese/New Zealander credit card? Will that work? O:
'Cause I've heard that US eShop only accepts American credit cards and nothing else, but other regions of the eShop accepts any other credit cards.

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I think I can answer (most) of this from personal experience. Last summer, I was in New Zealand with my American 3DS, and I was able to access the NA eShop there and download a demo from NZ without any problems. I can't comment on whether a credit card will work or not. From what I've heard, you would need an American credit card (or American eShop cards) to put money onto your 3DS; even then, I'm not sure if that would work or not. I'd look into getting an American prepaid, refillable credit card you could refill with PayPal or something like that. I don't know for sure about that.

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Birdman wrote:

I think I can answer (most) of this from personal experience. Last summer, I was in New Zealand with my American 3DS, and I was able to access the NA eShop there and download a demo from NZ without any problems. I can't comment on whether a credit card will work or not. From what I've heard, you would need an American credit card (or American eShop cards) to put money onto your 3DS; even then, I'm not sure if that would work or not. I'd look into getting an American prepaid, refillable credit card you could refill with PayPal or something like that. I don't know for sure about that.

Well, after some extensive researching on google... Quite a number of people ARE saying that the American eShop only accepts American credit cards... Oh well, I've decided to buy a prepaid card from somewhere and they can just email me the code. :) All is well. Thanks again! :))

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Pokemon X & Y Friend Safari: Electric - Zebstrika, Pikachu, Helioptile(?)

Difference Between School & Life:
In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.

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The U.S. eshop only accepts american credit cards, however you can switch to Canadian eshop which does accept international cards, Unlike the U.S. eshop Canadian eshop charges sales tax, but Canadian dollar is a bit lower than U.S. dollar which compensates a bit for it

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