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DSi-only software is region locked

Nintendo's decades-long streak of region-free handhelds is coming to a close. In a statement to CVG, the company confirmed that Nintendo DSi-only cartridges and downloadable content will be locked to the region where you buy the Nintendo DSi. Web browsing, photo sharing and playing DS games will be...

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Homebrew community releases region changer

For those of you who have a dead Freeloader or can't be bothered with any other solution that isn't a homebrew solution, you're in luck. The community just released a homebrew Region changer, which should allow you to enjoy some import goodness on your console. Or, you know, you could just pick up...

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VC gift feature takes region-locking a step further

Many sources are reporting that the new gift feature that allows Wii owners to send Virtual Console games to their buddies is, unsurprisingly, region-locked. That we expected; after all, VC games release on different schedules around the world. But what is surprising is that the function seems to be...

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PS3 is region-free, but there's a hi-def catch

Though the PlayStation 3 is not locked by any particular region, meaning a Japanese PS3 should play European titles, there is one caveat as far as technology is concerned. Jem Alexander, a new writer for Joystiq sister PS3 Fanboy and the owner of a US PS3 living in Europe, recently picked up a Euro...

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DS Daily: Region free

We know some of you import, or have at least been tempted once or twice, and we're curious about the motivations behind such a desire, regardless of its strength. Do you simply get tired of waiting for regional releases? Sometimes there's no telling when a game will come to your local store -- parti...

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Sonic-branded Wii Giveaway

Sega's branch in Germany is hosting a contest to celebrate Sonic and the Secret Rings' release, offering up prizes like figurines, signed memorabilia, and a Sonic-Team-branded Wii. The winner of the limited edition Wii will also receive a German copy of the game -- a cruel reminder of the hardware's...

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Pulling the old switcheroo: changing console region

Some Wii owner over in New Zealand decided he was fed up with his country's lack of VC games and did something about it. In changing his region from the aforementioned New Zealand to the UK, he unlocked several VC titles that were unavailable before. We know what you're thinking and before you go t...

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FreeLoader GC doesn't work in our Wii

Despite a report to the contrary, we can't get the GameCube FreeLoader to work on a Wii. We've tried to use FreeLoader to play GameCube titles from other regions, but the sad, unrecognized-disc screen taunts us over and over. We're using FreeLoader 1.06B -- alleged to be the right version by intern...

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First-party Wii games will be region-free [update 2]

After tactfully cornering Nintendo's VP of Marketing at their NYC event, Joel Johnson from Wired News was able to extract a rather valuable tidbit of information that will likely please gamers all across the world. Perrin Kaplan casually confirmed that all first-party Wii games will be free of draco...

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How to get the Chromehounds demo in the USA

Still pissed that the Chromehounds demo isn't available in the good old USA? Several of our readers report you can snag the demo simply by creating a new Silver XBL account  and setting your location in the UK or Japan. The demo itself is not region encoded, so download and enjoy the satisfacti...

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