I have been watching some of the videos lately for the Nintendo 3DS coming out next month in Japan. I've already noticed 2 games that appear to be fully in furigana including Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake and レイトン教授と奇跡の仮面.
I hope they continue this trend in the future Anybody else getting the 3DS?
Yeah, I 'pre-ordered' my Japanese 3ds back in September. I can't pre-order Layton yet, or I'd do that, too. I think I'm ready to try tackling that one in the original Japanese, even though that scares me a bit. Okay, more than a bit. I really should try some of the existing JP Laytons to see how they are.
Sadly, Layton is the only launch title I care about at all. I'm hoping for some good downloads.
Yeah, they never really did anything special with the last couple of DS revisions, did they? It almost seems like they were just testing out ideas to implement in the 3DS. Hopefully 3DS Ware ends up having programs that are actually worth it; DSi Ware is pretty much all just crap.
I'm probably going to import one as well. Not sure if it's possible, but I'm just hoping the regular DS games remain region free. Reason being, my Navy imported DSlite has a slight sunken in touch screen and I'm too spoiled to go back to the phat...lol.
As far as I know, the old DS games never had any region information at all, so there'd be no way to region-lock them. If it plays the old games (and I'm pretty sure it will) then they'll still all work fine.
From: North Carolina Registered: 2008-03-24 Posts: 928
The region lock stuff just sucks. I'll be buying an American console and waiting for it to get hacked so I can run import stuff. I doubt it will take more than 1 or 2 years. The 3ds has a higher resolution screen than the normal ds, so this should make it easier for developers to use furigana.
Tenso.com is another re-shipper. You ship to them, they repackage (optional, in case you have multiple packages) and reship to you. They charge you a fee for the handling, and the postage.
It tends to be expensive, but it's probably as fair as it gets.
For instance, I ordered 2 keyboards for $15 each, then paid Amazon $10 to ship them to Tenso. Tenso charged me $10 handling fee and $55 shipping to the US. (All prices are approximate, since they were actually in Yen.)
The region lock is down to the developer, so what may happen is the 3rd party developers just ignore it for the sake of the import market (Loads of obscure games make more money from import than home sales) and maybe only nintendo and the store itself will use it. That was the case with the DSI.. it's region locked too, but only for store and software.. pokemon black be damned >_<
Anyway. I'm going to be returning to Japan from my months holiday home 2-3 weeks before the UK launch, so I'm going to pick up a Japanese console anyway, tbh street fighter 4 and winning eleven can be played regardless of language, and hopefully by the time I return home I'll be at the stage I can read most of the games I buy's dialogue anyway. I'll prob wait till they release an updated one where the battery life doesn't suck shit to buy an English one. The games are worldwide multiplayer anyway, so playing against friends shouldn't be an issue regardless of where the console is native to.
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