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Shinta125

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#2

Shinta125 commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

@Araknie It still feels artificial. I plan on importing Tingle's Rupee Land from Europe soon and it's not a DSi enhanced game so it can be played on the 3DS without fuss. And we still have the issue with handhelds and Nintendo's original stance with Gameboy during all of Yamauchi's reign. Nintendo's original stance on handhelds was that people should be allowed to play games anywhere on a portable system because people like to travel with their portables. If Nintendo can keep up the pace they're going with the 3DS (which has been really good) I see no reason to keep region locks. And what I find really dumb too is that some games even have a region lock on local multiplayer and street pass. That's absurd in my opinion. Because those are things that are important to games and the whole social aspect of handheld systems ESPECIALLY street pass since it's meant for travel.

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#3

Shinta125 commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

@Vader_MIB A nice thing at the time, Aksys Games, Xseed and Atlus USA would at least sell their DS games on Amazon UK. They couldn't reach the EU market by normal means since they don't have operations outside of America sadly, but they at least put forth effort to sell the american copies to Europe. And it was all perfectly legal.

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#4

Shinta125 commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

@Araknie Because people have to show a demand for games to get localized. People had been wanting Project X Zone for a long time now and one person had even asked Reggie on the street. They were willing to go far. Also without Operation Rainfall, NA would have never gotten the games they campaigned for without petitioning, sending in letters and IMPORTING the Japanese copies. 3DS is different in most cases for JRPG's because they can thrive there safely because of the ecosystem. That's not to say that the Wii U or PS4 are not safe because they are because of the demographics the systems target. But many still will never make it unless they are petitioned.

Where's Phoenix Wright Investigations 2? Where are all the Dragon Quest games? Or going back in time, where's Pokemon Trading Card game 2 on GBC? the first Pokemon Trading Card game sold more than 1.5 million copies in its first year, garnering enough success that it seemed obvious the sequel would come. But no, despite Pokemon being in its prime as a global phenomenon they didn't release it. Many games will have that problem and still many games do have this problem in this day and age.

Look at Europe, Nintendo has a long history of problems bringing games there. The SNES had 250 NA exclusives and EU had a measly 63 exclusives and this problem still exists today even though Nintendo's brand has been getting bigger in Europe, but they still ignore it. That's something they need to address and they still sit on their butts most of the time.

I'm from the US, so I have the fortune of getting a lot of games localized here but Nintendo has problems it needs to address globally and in some cases it may not be possible because of restrictions of each region. that's why region free can still give consumers choice to buy games that may never make it because localizations will NEVER be 1:1. Hell, blu-ray has adopted a better region system these days and some anime companies have even made region free discs so you can import without needing to purchase a region free device.

But again, like many have already brought up, importing would not affect Nintendo in any negative way if they don't release a game in a specific country. And if they do release a game in a said country years after its release people have have had enough time to buy it again to show support. Nintendo can also prevent staggered launches buy releasing games at close dates greatly reducing any incentive to import (which would also address the long wait times on localizations i mentioned above). I've had people bring up Pikmin 3 as people would import and ruin everything Nintendo strived for, but simply put, it won't. The dates are so close together no one really cares to import it.

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#7

Shinta125 commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

@SCAR392 Then they can focus on better efforts to localize while importers can still get some niche games. Sony's efforts on the PS3 have been great with their localizations and worldwide releases that their games don't suffer a staggered launch. Nintendo needs to do a better job overall with worldwide releases but they can still be region free while doing so.

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#9

Shinta125 commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

@Falk_Sturmfels I've never read a more stupid comment. Same could be applied to Nintendo's own Fire Emblem in how it took decades before it ever got a localization and it's so niche people didn't realize how much they missed these past 5-10 years. So what's wrong with importing, increasing awareness and generating some demand? I can tell you Fire Emblem was no big seller and Awakening was probably going to be Nintendo's last for the franchise had it not sold well. And there was no need for the "dating sim" comment.

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#10

Shinta125 commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:

@Sean_Aaron Then I guess we all should start petitioning:

List of 3DS games that are region exclusive (borrowed from NeoGAF)

ONLY JAPAN
03/24/11 - Gundam the 3D Battle
07/07/11 - Class of Heroes 3D
08/04/11 - Nazo Waku Mansion
09/22/11 - Senran Kagura: Portrait of the Girls
10/27/11 - Brave Company
10/27/11 - Mameshiba
11/02/11 - Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest 3: Daikaizoku to Shippodan
11/03/11 - Azito 3D
12/01/11 - Crayon Shin-Chan Uchuu de Acho Yuujou no Oba-karate
12/15/11 - Inazuma Eleven Go
12/15/11 - Moe Moe Daisensou * Gendaiban 3D
12/15/11 - Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun Special
12/15/11 - Penguin no Mondai Saikyou Penguin Densetsu!
12/15/11 - Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary
12/22/11 - SD Gundam G Generation 3D
01/19/12 - Beyond the Labyrinth
01/26/12 - Zoo Keeper 3D
02/14/12 - New Love Plus
03/01/12 - Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima
03/08/12 - Girls RPG: Cinderellife
03/08/12 - Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai
03/15/12 - If I Were in a Sealed Room with a Girl, I'd Probably XXX
04/26/12 - Dynasty Warriors VS
05/31/12 - Dragon Quest Monsters Terry's Wonderland 3D
06/14/12 - Gon Paku Paku Paku Paku Adventure
06/28/12 - Culdcept
06/28/12 - Tantei Jinguuji Saburo: Fukushuu no Rinbu
07/05/12 - Little Battler eXperience Baku Boost
07/12/12 - Pocket Soccer League: Calciobit
07/12/12 - Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb
07/12/12 - Time Travelers
08/02/12 - Smile PreCure! Let's Go! Marchen World
08/30/12 - Senran Kagura Burst
09/06/12 - Lost Heroes
09/13/12 - Medabots
09/13/12 - Samurai Chronicles 2nd
10/25/12 - AKB48+Me
11/15/12 - UnchainBlades Exxiv
11/22/12 - E.X. Troopers
11/22/12 - Grandpa Danger Jya
11/29/12 - Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
12/13/12 - Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone
12/13/12 - Toriko Gourmet Monsters
12/27/12 - Fantasy Life
02/07/13 - Dragon Quest VII
02/21/13 - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
02/28/13 - Dragon Ball Heroes Ultimate Mission
02/28/13 - Osawari Tantei Nameko Shigeru
03/14/13 - Super Robot Wars UX
03/21/13 - Pretty Rhythm: My * Deco Rainbow Wedding
04/11/13 - Cardfight!! Vanguard: Ride to Victory
04/18/13 - Tomodachi Collection
04/25/13 - Meitantei Conan: Marionette Symphony
06/13/13 - Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
06/20/13 - Ninja Jajamaru-kun: Sakura-hime to Karyu no Himitsu
06/20/13 - Sayonara Umihara Kawase
06/27/13 - Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode

ONLY KOREA
04/25/13 - MapleStory: The Girl’s Fate

ONLY AMERICA
11/20/12 - Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!

AMERICA/JAPAN
01/03/13 - Unchained Blades

Future releases

ONLY JAPAN
07/04/13 - Toriko: Gourmet Battle!
07/11/13 - Youkai Watch
07/18/13 - Danball Senki W Chou Custom
07/25/13 - Beast Saga: Saikyou Gekiotsu Coliseum
07/25/13 - Chibi * Devi! 2: Mahou no Yume Ehon
07/25/13 - Fantasy Life Link!
08/01/13 - Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life
08/01/13 - DokiDoki! PreCure Narikiri Life!
08/08/13 - Elminage Gothic 3DS Remix
08/08/13 - Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku
08/08/13 - One Piece: Romance Dawn - Bouken no Yoake
08/08/13 - Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Game de Kaburincho!!
08/22/13 - Conception II
09/14/13 - Monster Hunter 4
09/19/13 - Mushi Bugyou
09/26/13 - Fate/Kaleid Liner: Prisma * Illya
10/03/13 - SPEC: Ten
10/17/13 - Exstetra
?? - Danball Senki Wars
?? - Devil Survivor 2: Break Record
?? - Dragon Marked for Death
?? - Gaist Crusher
?? - Jam with the Band
?? - Kaio King of Pirates
?? - Metal Max 4: Moonlight Diva
?? - One Piece: Unlimited World RED
?? - Puzzle & Dragons Z
?? - Retro Game Challenge 3DS
?? - Witch’s Hat in the Magical Town

ONLY AMERICA
10/29/13 - Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-bit Land
11/12/13 - Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!

ONLY AMERICA/JAPAN
08/03/13 - Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi
08/13/13 - Rune Factory 4
?? - Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl

Problem is even Operation Rainfall had troubles and many forget that a big part of their petition was importing the Japanese copies of the games. Importing can be used in ways to generate demand that people want games.