Question about DS game form outside US

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  1. neek_buster

    neek_buster The One Man Army

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    I just wondering, does DS game have region lock? like PAL will not work on NTSC. I found some quite cheap games from UK on ebay, so I just wondering will they work if I buy them. Has anyone bought a game from UK and played it on US DSi?
     
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    No, but I'm using US and UK DS games on a Japanese DS, I'm sure there's no region lock on anything DS.
     
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    Well.... The answer is Nintendo DS games are REGION FREE.
    Meaning no matter what Region the game is from it will work on the DS.
     
  4. neek_buster

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    Thanks a lot for the info
     
  5. Digilaut

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    Could be possible some games prevent link up between different regions though..I remember my US version of GBA Link to the Past/ Four Swords wasn't able to link up with an European version...I'm sure some DS games have the same - but I think it's uncommon and deliberately programmed so by a developer.

    But yeah, the DS itself is region free, so you can buy any game from any region and play it just fine.
     
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    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yes, my UK New Super Mario Brothers doesn't link with the Canadian version of the same game I bought for my wife (it was much cheaper to import than buy in the UK), so there's is some sort of region thing going on, but it prevents games from paying each other, as opposed to playing on the DS itself.
     
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    actually, I have discovered sort-of regional lockout with a DS game.

    I imported RPG Tsukuru DS (RPG maker title for the DS). It's a DSi-enhanced game. not DSi exclusive, but if played on a DSi, you can take pictures and import them into your game for character portraits. if not played on a DSi, the option doesnt show up.

    I put it in my US DSi, and the system says there's no game card inserted.

    it plays fine in my DS Lite, but not my DSi.

    so I figure this means that DSi-enhanced games are region locked.

    This is the only DSi enhanced game I have. The package makes no mention of it being DSi-enhanced, which I find odd. the label on the game card is black though, and I think that's how you tell.

    EDIT: actually, no. there's a tiny little block on the back that mentions it. it's easily missed.
     
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    Yeah. It pretty much works like that. Most DS games are region free, but games with DSi features aren't when played on a DSi.
     
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    DS games to my experience are region free. Don't know about DSi.
     

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