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In the aftermath of today’s big announcement that Nintendo will be releasing an update to incorporate Miiverse and Nintendo Network IDs on the 3DS, Nintendo UK has announced that after 3DS users register a Nintendo Network ID, they will be unable to change their system’s region. In addition to this, users will be unable to use multiple currencies in the Nintendo eShop. Any currency that does not correspond to the country that your system is registered in will be deleted and no longer usable on your 3DS, so Nintendo encourages you to use up these funds beforehand. Some already believe Nintendo has taken region-blocking to the extreme. What do you think about these new limitations?

After registering a Nintendo Network ID, you will be unable to change regions and use multiple currencies – for instance, pounds and euros – in Nintendo eShop. The funds in the currency that corresponds to the country setting of your Nintendo Network ID will remain, and any funds in other currencies will be deleted and no longer usable. Please make sure to use up any other currencies before registering a Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo 3DS system.

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    • most likely it will, as this will Unify any Nintendo related material, even your FC code
      Maybe FC will not get replaced but instead “emulated” by the NinID, since many games, specially Pokemon, uses them
      So, lets say you use FC, and you then register the ID, the FC will still be linked to that ID, just that you will no longer need to share the FC directly but a ID

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  1. I don’t really care because it won’t effect me. Then again, it would for some people. And what if this is only in Europe? Bill said nothing about this in the Nintendo direct this morning.

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  2. i had to use canada or usa just to use the eshop cause i live in south america and there is no eshop in here and now this.
    i think nintendo just want to screw all the latin american ppl

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    • Not always.

      “It doesn’t affect me one bit, but I feel sorry for those who are affected.”

      “It doesn’t affect me, and I’m grateful that this is the case. Best of luck to everybody else.”

      “We didn’t lose power in the storm, so you can concentrate your efforts elsewhere.”

      It’s more of a matter on context.

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  3. Well the PSN also doesn’t let you switch regions in your account on Vita. At least the 3DS will have an account system and I won’t have to be afraid to lose my purchases if I lose my 3DS right? right…?

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  4. Well it is a darn good thing I won’t be living in another country any time soon.

    Plus even if I did, I can switch 3DS’ 5 times and each new time you transfer saved data over, you can change your region and currency. I doubt anyone will be moving to 5 different regions in such a short period of time. If there is someone, they are a fraction of a fraction of the world’s population.

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  5. That doesn’t affect me, but it’s sad that is have to affect anyone. Now, I didn’t know I could just change land to Sweeden or something and get a cheaper game anyeays, so it doesn’t change much for me.

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  11. Was considering selling my 3ds XL until I heard the unified account announcement. But after reading this, I may either sell my 3ds or just outright not update my 3ds at all until Nintendo removes region locking. Bottom line.

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  16. Y’know, I wouldn’t mind doing things the “legal” way and choosing my own country (and losing access to most eshop content)

    The only problem is, I can’t even select my own country. Which is why I’ve been drifting between Canada and Brazil eshop. And now what does Nintendo expect me to do? Any country I choose would still be lying to them

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