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With the news that the DSi is region locked, as well as the handheld not officially arriving on North American shores until after April 2009, we're wondering if many of you still plan on importing the handheld? We already know you're going to pick a DSi up eventually (who can resist its awesome features?), but we would like to know if you still plan on snatching one up super early. So, will you?
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Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
10-08-2008 @ 9:26AM
I kinda doubt it will take long for someone to crack the system and allow a firmware edit that would enable games from other regions. so if i had the money I probably would consider it. it really all depends on what the user is able to access with the sd card slot .
10-08-2008 @ 9:27AM
Nope, the region-lock thing killed it for me, I'm not gonna buy one ever.
10-08-2008 @ 11:56AM
Agreed, and the fact that it isn't the nicest looking piece of technology.
10-08-2008 @ 9:35AM
I have no use for the new features, so until games come out that are region-locked (I import nearly all my games from the USA) I won't be buying one.
10-08-2008 @ 10:02AM
Are its features really that awesome?
I'm still content with my DS Phat.
10-08-2008 @ 10:07AM
As soon as I heard that the GBA slot was eliminated, I did not want one. And now that it has been announced that it is region-locked, well that only increases my avoidance of it.
10-08-2008 @ 10:15AM
Well, what do we know about the region-lock?
1) We know that original DS games are not-locked. But you can still play them on your current device, so they "don't matter" (unless your current device brakes), they are not the drive behind new features.
2) Will DSi retail (non-DS) games be region-locked? Not sure, I hope not, I guess probably.
3) Will DSWare (downloadable) games be region-locked? I guess definitely.
4) If I have an imported device and my friend does not (so the devices are different regions), are we able to play a game from point 2 or 3 in multiplayer together?
Answers to these questions can decide. If the only restriction is point 3, then I will get it. If point 2 applies as well, it will be dificult for me to decide if I import. If point 4 is bad, then I'm definitely not going to import.
10-08-2008 @ 2:01PM
1) DS games are region-free.
2) Retail DSi-only games will be region locked.
3) DS Ware games will be region locked.
4) The multiplayer thing remains to be seen.
As for myself, I'm starting to waver a bit on my resolve to import one. The region locking on DSi-only software hurts...
Hmmm... I don't want to have to buy the system twice (Japan and US releases), but I also don't want to wait a ridiculously long time for it...
10-08-2008 @ 10:31AM
No i'll just wait for the North American release >.
10-08-2008 @ 10:44AM
I dunno - I love my lite, and I'm intrigued by the camera's potential, but no GBA slot? No hardware upgrade? Region encoding? Forget it, if I want to spend some money it will be on a different handheld like a PSP... this just seems like a cash grab to me.
10-09-2008 @ 12:26AM
Fairly certain there is at least one hardware upgrade- more RAM according to Opera CEO.
Which was kind of a no-brainer really, since the original Opera required a RAM expansion and obviously you can't use that anymore.
10-08-2008 @ 11:07AM
I was going to... but the seprate points was the dealbreaker for me. until I see promise in DSWare, or if some nice DSi homebrew apps pop up (wonder if the r4 will work on DSi?) I'm sticking to mai 'ol litey.
10-08-2008 @ 11:19AM
To tell you the truth, nintendo is going to sink whit this new DSi, this new handheld isn't a better improve of the current DSlite, is more like a devolution. I think it really is a bad move.
The new features are not that great, really, that's only a consumer trap for slow people who gets easily impressed... the region locked sucks, the gba slot gone! (nothing replace those for now) and I'm sure the cons list gonna be more large.
Nintendo, you defraud all of us... -__-
I predict a bad year to nintendo, and the release of a second version of the DSi in a not-soo-distant future.
10-08-2008 @ 11:24AM
It all depends on whether or not the system will have an english language option for the menus.
If so, then I'll preorder as soon as they open.
10-08-2008 @ 11:51AM
Ryan P. said...
But I've never imported anything before. Your supposed to go to play-asia.com right? Is that the best site or is there more than that? It's safe to use your credit card with these people?
Do you have to pre-order, can you wait until after it starts selling or is that too late 'cause japan gets 'em all?
10-08-2008 @ 12:00PM
I've ordered through playasia once before, and had a good experience with them. I used paypal to order a GBA Micro, and it arrived within 2 days I think. Not bad at all.
I'm guessing that preorders will go quickly, but honestly, who knows.
10-08-2008 @ 12:22PM
No, I know I want one, but I'll be waiting until the NA release.
10-08-2008 @ 12:24PM
I wasn't planning to import one because I knew the software downloads WOULD be region locked to begin with. (They are on the wii, duh.)
What's more is DRM, so no European software on a japanese DSi, but all DS cartridges are region free, so no complaint.
Another concern I have is that because of this, a japanese model might not support english firmware.
I am DEFINITELY getting a DSi, just one in my region this time.
But hey, you might still want one, play-asia is opening pre-orders soon!
I want the black one. :)
10-08-2008 @ 1:02PM
Ryan P. said...
I just want to play Chrono Trigger with slightly bigger screens. It's only .25 but it looks like it makes enough of a difference. It will make text easier to read and save my eyes.
10-08-2008 @ 1:09PM
I wouldn't import one anyway, because it's too expensive. I'd rather wait for the North American release.