• Keima88

    There is no way my nendoroid Miku cant be this cute, but my 3DS is still region locked as expected and thus I dont have many (imported) games.

    • Crazy_O

      I was a huge fan of the ds, but because of the region lock I don’t own a 3DS. Especially as european, this is not an option…

      • Keima88

        Fire emblem awakening was the sole reason for me to buy the 3DS and later this year hopefully SMT 4.

      • Enzo

        I don’t know how likely it will work but there has been a campaign to take off region-locking from Nintendo consoles. If it does work out (which, if it does it will be uncharacteristic for Nintendo) you should keep an eye out for it.

        • Crazy_O

          I would rush to the next shop if that happens. I really want to play Fire Emblem, but I can’t support a device that is region locked.

          • Odin

            This isn’t a specific response to you but a general post for the community…

            I don’t really understand the reasonings some people have with region lock. It’s the same couple of issues that keep getting raised too (not one response I’ve heard has been original), so it gets kind of frustrating hearing the same arguments that I don’t exactly buy.

            Now don’t take this the wrong way, as this is not an attack on any specific member or the community here, but:

            Given that you only buy the device once, and you pay the same amount for the games (given your region), what would the specific problem be? Localizations that you wouldn’t be able to support after the fact that you’ve already bought one system?

            One of the things that I’ve dealt with is having to choose between the 3DS and the Vita, so I’d say that it balances out the idea of region lock vs games for said specific console. I think with this generation we’re more limited anyway given the heightened issues of DRM, etc, so I myself don’t really see region lock as much of an issue as others would.

          • Cazar

            I’d agree with you if we lived in a perfect world where all games got localized in all parts of the world.

          • Odin

            Again, I mentioned choosing between localizations or consoles, so it’s not exactly fair to me either. I just don’t take the issue as seriously as something like DRM.

          • Cazar

            I don’t think many people do, but it’s still a strong issue for a lot of people – myself included. I own a 3DS; it didn’t stop me from buying one but I live in the US; localizations aren’t as scarce as they are in Europe. It still bothers me tremendously though and I won’t buy a Japanese 3DS despite there being a lot of exclusive titles there that I want to play.

          • Enzo

            Usually I argue on the side of keeping region-locking, but one of the things about region-lock is that it could possibly be anti-consumer in nature. If you wanted to bring your 3DS to Europe (with a US model), you wont be able to buy games from there and would have to either get it shipped from the US or download it from the eShop.
            The cases most people argue about is playing exclusives in Japan or wherever else, but I think that’s a bad argument because that is a very small group of people.
            Also, there is a flaw with the reasoning with region-locking and it is that it makes the assumption that it is more harmful than it is good. However, there’s no denying that there’s a risk involved with taking off region-lock. It is a social and economic issue. Social issues rising from differing ratings of games, games banned in certain countries… and the economic issues would more be for the tracking of local sales, retailers, and just general loss of potential monetizing in regions where games cost more. There’s also the whole tax thing.
            But, these issues don’t have to be so bad. Sony doesn’t region-lock. They aren’t losing too much money. They probably gain sales simply for being region-free.
            Nintendo wont necessarily lose sales for being region-free, and probably wont lose much support from retailers or get much backlash from parents for having a region-free system. So… yeah.

          • Odin

            Your point about importing being quite niche makes a lot of sense, haha. I think sometimes I get carried away with the reasoning because I’m on Siliconera and I expect a lot more people to do it given that it isn’t much of a hassle.

            Bleh, I guess I’m selfish aren’t I? :(

          • Crazy_O

            There are some system sellers for me on the 3DS, but most of them are only released in the US or Japan or take 4-8 Months until they are released in Europe. As someone who takes his information about games from international websites like siliconera all the hype about a game is gone until I get to play it.

            Btw I am able to read Hiragana/Katakana also I’m at around 100 often used Kanji at the moment that I do understand. But for the gameplay most of the language barrier isn’t even an issue. The two most played games I have on my Vita are Project Diva f and Senran Kagura. Both importet from Japan.

            Also I plan to import Project Diva F from the US since Europe only gets a digital release and I like to own a disc.

            One more thing are Limited Editions, in the last 3 years or more I bought every game directly from NISA at their online store. Tthat is the only place to buy the LE bundles with all the great merchandise included. The way it is now, I spend only a little more for the game including shipping costs and customs, than what I would pay when buying it locally (Yes I pay almost the same for a LE that has extra stuff included than by buying it from our country’s amazon). I can afford that, but buying a game twice for a LE and to be able to play it would be too much.

        • PoweredByHentai

          I doubt it would work. A software switch would be too simple, but they’ve implemented hardware enforced region-lock chips that go back to the DSi.

  • Haku_Luvs_You

    MIKU! You are just way too cute >.< Can't wait to import this one!

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    Bleh…I’ll import it either way. Region-lock my ass. I’m not gonna let that stop me. I’ll just invest in a JP 3DS. Simple as that.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    region locking sucks but this gives me an excuse to use my bracchidios 3DS and the upcoming mh4 3DS XL

  • dark-kyon

    is funny how nintendo 3ds owners argue over region lock,the true and hard reality is what nintendo not want what the whole numbers of ecchi games can able to play in occident 3ds,nintendo is double standart compañy at the worst,only care for not dirty his family friendy name in occident.

  • Haseyo

    Yeah I’ll just import. Taiko no Tatsujin will hold me off until then.

  • Romored

    Maybe, if Project Diva F sells enough, Sega may localize this too… It would be the best thing, after all, as the 3DS is already selling a lot.

    • Haseyo

      I wouldn’t hold my breathe. America just isn’t into chibi / cute stuff like this.

      • Romored

        Animal Crossing: New Leaf says hi.

        • Haseyo

          Two different genres. When we get rhythm games over here, it’s generally Rock Band / Guitar Hero stuff. You know, the “manly” stuff.

          Theatrhythm did okay, but that’s FF related which the whole West knows about.

  • CirnoLakes

    It’s not cute it’s not cute it’s not cute it’s OH MY GOD IT’S SO CUTE. I’M DYING. I’M DYINGHNNGGBRHHHRRRMBBRBBRBLGR.

    - Here lies CirnoLakes

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