This question may have already been asked, but I just wanted to make double sure that my question's answered so I'm starting this new discussion. I'm originally from San Diego, CA and I bought my 3DS there before I came over here to the Philippines. Since I'll be staying here for quite some time, I brought my 3DS here with me and I realized that there is no Philippines in region settings. I could connect via wi-fi and my games from the US work fine, however Nintendo Video is not available. I'm also curious whether the games here will work on my 3DS. I tried asking the sales reps from the stores here, but it seems that they're not that sure. Now, I'm only assuming that it'll work fine because I think most 3DS units here are US units since it requires 120V of electricity, and the Philippines has 240V.
Could anyone shed me some light so I could buy some games here if I need to buy one? And is there anything we could do about Nintendo Video here in the Phlippines? Thanks.
As far as purchasing Nintendo 3DS games goes, all Nintendo 3DS system are region-locked, meaning that a system from North America will only play Nintendo 3DS games that are from North America, and those games are generally only available for purchase in the United States and Canada. In theory though, any Nintendo 3DS game that features the "ESRB"'s rating logo should work on any North American Nintendo 3DS system. Remember though, while the Nintendo 3DS is region-locked as far as the Nintendo 3DS games are concerned, Nintendo DS games are not region-locked on the Nintendo 3DS, meaning you could play a Japanese copy of New Super Mario Bros. on your North America Nintendo 3DS system.
And as far as the Nintendo Video service is concerned, if I recall correctly, it has something to do with the IP Address your Nintendo 3DS system is connected to. Something like if the IP Address was outside of the Nintendo 3DS system's original region, then it wouldn't download the videos...or something like that, I think.
Wow, excellent explanation, Nightfire5.. I guess I'll have to look for sales reps here in the Philippines that are knowledgable with their stuff. lol!
How do I proxy, Lucky007?
With this being said, I just find it discriminating on Nintendo North America's part to exlude Philippines from their list of Region settings. Why the eff do they need to region lock the 3DS anyways when all other older DS consoles weren't..
I've been gaming for 20 years and I love Nintendo. What can I say? Ha ha.
As for region-locking the system, changing the "Settings" of the Nintendo 3DS wouldn't have any effect on that. There are a number of reasons though as to why. For example, region-locking can help with the pricing structure of games and consoles; each region can set their own price instead of having to see what the other regions are doing so they can get the most sales of a game or system. Another example is the content of the games, making it very difficult for games such as New Love Plus on the Nintendo 3DS to be played outside of Japan, where such a game would most likely gain an "M for Mature" rating by the ESRB. However, one thing that has been found is that region-locking can help cut-down on pirating. Region locking a system can help to make it very difficult for a fake copy of a video game to run.
Looking at the map though, it would be most logical for the Phillppines to get English Nintendo 3DS system from the PAL region, which would make sense as to why there is no "Phillppines" option on a Nintendo 3DS from North America.
Couldn't have been explained to me any better. I truly appreciate your help. Although I've been using only Ninty systems, this is something pretty new to me. I'll just have to go around here and ask if the games here in the Philippines would work for my 3DS. If they won't, then I guess I'll have to find ways to get them from the US, but like what I said, I think there's a high possibility that the 3DS units and games are are more likely to be from the US than Europe. I highly doubt that it'd be from Japan since people here are also somehow English speakers and US English is what it seems they seem to know around here, but I'd still scout around to be double sure..
I'm in Indonesia and i can enjoy Nintendo Video...but you must use proxy for that..you can do this by inputing the proxy number on internet setting and also make sure you choose USA as your region on your profile. As for games i have no problem because asian region is the same as USA
I tried going through this tutorial I found in a website (which I won't name 'coz it might not be legit in this forum), but anyway, it didn't work for me here... Is it safe for you guys to post steps here as to how to proxy servers, etc... I also saw some in youtube, however, pardon my French, but I think I'm too stupid to work it out myself.. lol!