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Old 10-06-2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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Region Locking On The DSi


Nintendo has confirmed that the new DSi will have a region lock on it. But only for software built specifically for the DSi. This does include games. Nintendo's reasoning behind the lock is because of net communication functionality and some parental controls.

This, of course, means you won't be able to play a Japanese (or European) title on a DSi you buy in the states. The original DS (and DS Lite) along with the different GameBoy iterations were all region free.

So, let's review, they've taken away a bit of the weight, the GBA slot, the battery life is shorter, and now region locked software.

Source - Eurogamer
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:48 AM   #2
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Two Nintendo fails in one day.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:48 AM   #3
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I was considering importing this, now I'm just angry.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #4
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I went from not interested to mo way in hell. What is happening to Nintendo?
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #5
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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I still kind of want one. I've been looking to get a different color DS Lite for awhile, but it makes more sense to just stay happy with the white one for awhile and pick up one of these. I wonder how long it will be before it's released in colors other than black or white.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Re: SNES -> N64 era.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:53 AM   #8
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Nintendo's reasoning behind the lock is because of net communication functionality and some parental controls.
What? Because of net communication? I don't see the Internet being region locked! Oh no, I'm communicating with people outside of NA, EVIL!
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:55 AM   #9
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I went from not interested to mo way in hell. What is happening to Nintendo?
They're letting their success go to their heads, just like the did after the SNES. They're more focused on milking as much money out of existing products than they are on creating interesting products down the line.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:55 AM   #10
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What? Because of net communication? I don't see the Internet being region locked! Oh no, I'm communicating with people outside of NA, EVIL!
The parental controls is the bigger bullshit, though. Nintendo likes to hide behind it's little Nanny facade. They need to get raped by the gaming media for it.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:58 AM   #11
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I still haven't heard any confirmation on that shorter battery thing. Sounds like speculation to me.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:01 AM   #12
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Next they're going to announce that the first DSi game will be a brand new Terranigma game that will -- once again -- not see the light of day in the US.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:12 AM   #13
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The sad part after all the feature stripping, is that they'll probably continue to sell like hotcakes.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:15 AM   #14
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The sad part after all the feature stripping, is that they'll probably continue to sell like hotcakes.
What feature stripping? I'll give you the gameboy slot, which I am sure a large percentage of DS owners have never used, but that is about it. Battery life, until I see a proper source, is speculation, and region locking is only for software that can only be used on this system, probably just downloadable stuff.

What else is missing?
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:26 AM   #15
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All in the name of money.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:29 AM   #16
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All in the name of money.
I think we should dub it, "The Nintendo Bubble". Anybody wanna bet on how long before it all comes crashing down?
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:31 AM   #17
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I think we should dub it, "The Nintendo Bubble". Anybody wanna bet on how long before it all comes crashing down?
They second they announce the Wii system successor.

Check that: the second the public finds out about the Wii system successor.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:47 AM   #18
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I still don't know what to think about the DSi. It just has that GBA Micro feeling around it for some reason.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:51 AM   #19
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It just has that GBA Micro feeling around it for some reason.
I think that's more or less the idea. It's a last hurrah to keep DS sales strong for the next 18-24 months before Nintendo has to finally release a new handheld system.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:08 PM   #20
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I was thinking more along the lines of portable systems.
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