Is the GameBoy Advance really Region Free?

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  1. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Long story short,

    Since I got my system back in 2002, I've been extensively looking at games to buy. I have been very cautious since I know there are a lot of shit games out there. Currently I only own 14 GBA games. I know, I know, GBA is old, but I still like to buy games for my older systems to get anything I may have missed, and enjoy them for what they are.

    Recently, I've been looking to see what's still available online from retailers and in stores. I'm doing this since as of 2009, GBA stuff has been rapidly disappearing from my local stores, although there are a few select places that still house some gems like Mario, Zelda, and a few others I want. I have also been looking at GBA games in general to see what's been made.

    Through my search I've found some really nice games, only problem is that some of them are sold only in Europe or Japan. Bummed that I'll never get to play them, I stumbled upon this info today:
    From here: Import gamers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    & here: Regional lockout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So that's a ray of hope. It also mentions that a Nintendo 64 can play Japanese games.

    I have an original 2001 "Glacier" colored GameBoy Advance. Not an SP(though I would like that or maybe a DS).

    Here's 2 examples of UK and Japan region games that I'm interested in buying:

    F-Zero Climax (Japan) F-Zero (series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    In-game footage: YouTube - MTCHW Game Review - F-Zero Climax

    IGN: F-Zero: Climax Trailer, Videos and Movies

    Payback (UK) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payback_(video_game)
    In-game footage: IGN: Payback Trailer, Videos and Movies
     
  2. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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    Yes, I have SRW J and it works on my GBA and DS.
     
  3. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Sweet. Thanks a bunch!

    Now, I know where I can buy Payback for the GBA,

    But where would I buy F-Zero Climax? I've never gone shopping for Japanese GBA games, any trustworthy and reliable retailers?
     
  4. McBradders

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    Not eBay.
     
  5. samtheman

    samtheman Well-Known Member

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    I like buying games for my "more experienced" systems as well. Amazon has yet to fail me.
     
  6. Shipley

    Shipley No Topic Required

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    Rising Stuff

    I know the guys that run this site, they hit up shops all over japan so if you're looking for something they don't have in stock they can probably find it for you.
     
  7. drrockso20

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    I suggest getting Astro Boy: Omega Factor it's one of the best games for the GBA and it is complete:bay 
     
  8. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    I have 4 sealed copies of it!

    But that's only because my brother is a big fan of anything Osamu Tezuka. Mainly Astroboy though. He bought them whenever he saw them in stores on sale. He also did the same for the PS2 game. One to open, one to keep sealed, one to give to me as a gift, and one to sell. Heck he even has the complete Bandai Astro Boy toyline, save for the European exclusive Pluto figure back from 2004? I think?

    Ah, that now makes my GBA game count at 14. Gotta go fix my 1st post.

    Regardless, the GBA Astro Boy game is actually quite plentiful around my retail area, so if you guys are looking for a MISB copy (NOT USED)...I may be able to help! But as I stated in my first post, GBA games are rapidly disappearing around my retail area as of 2009, and some of them aren't even on sale! So I will try to find copies, but I cannot guarantee nor promise I will find them. Don't keep your hopes up.

    If I cannot help, there are also major online retailers that still carry the game MISB In Stock, but at full $30.00 price.:( 
     
  9. toma

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    gba is 100% region free
     
  10. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Am I doing something wrong when searching for games? I checked their GBA section and they only have 6 games listed in total.

    Awesome!

    Hey you make those Eskimo Bob cartoons? Right?
     
  11. toma

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    yup :) 
     
  12. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Cool! Your show is great. I loved episode 52 with all the Godzilla homages.

    What are the chances of seeing an evil Mecha-Bobzilla?

    Are you sure? I've ALWAYS been strictly told to only buy directly from Amazon.com themselves, never any of their featured sellers, and to avoid them like the plague.

    But what are the Sellers that are listed with "Fulfillment by Amazon"? Are they as safe and reliable to buy from as Amazon.com themselves? I'm confused.:( 
     
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    thanks. :) 
    we probably won't do another godzilla episode any time soon but you never know, i like to do things pretty randomly.
     
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    I suggest them because they take requests. of course it looks like they're not taking requests again until May 10.

    Vinnk and Sean also do a show called Famicom Dojo which is largely about Famicom games but they'll dig into other Japanese systems in future seasons.

    Famicom Dojo :: Train Your Game
     
  15. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Would they do 1 possible US GameBoy Color request? Mmh...Metal Gear Soild for the GBC perhaps?

    Also known as MGS: Ghost Babel in Japan.
     
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    The short answer for most Nintendo made systems is that they use a physical lockout such as tabs or ridges. If you take put a Japanese game in the American case -- or in the case of larger carts where you can physically place the game board without a case into the slot with your hands -- it will play on most American machines.

    I have used modified Game Genies previously to play NES and SNES games on my US machines. Take note that some games -- such as Game Genie -- will not work on the top loader NES machine.

    Email me directly if you have any immediate needs.
     
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  17. netkid

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    Huh?

    I know of the 2 little tabs that need to be removed inside the American N64 in order to play Japanese games.

    Does the GBA have anything like this?

    Remember, I have an American GBA and am looking to play both Japanese and European games on it. The question I'm asking is "Can I?"

    So, will I need to remove any plastic bits to play Japanese and European games on an American GBA?
     
  18. toma

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    none of the gameboy systems used any ridges or tabs as a lockout measure. they are 100% identical worldwide.
     
  19. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    You sir, have made my day.

    Now if I can just find half of these games!

    Hey, what's the deal with this GBA game "Fire Emblem"? I always see people asking crazy money for it, be it new or used.
     
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    GBA/DS = region free
    DSi - not region free (they say so you cant dl import games/etc on a US DSi)
     

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