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I have plenty of experience here, having stuff from all three regions! Basically, everything up to Nintendo DS is not region-locked. Any software that is DSi-exclusive is region-locked. As of the 3DS, everything is region-locked. South Africa is located in the PAL region, so you could buy games in Europe and send them, but not in the US.


As in Ryan's answer, Nintendo DS games aren't region locked. I can confirm this myself as I'm in the UK and I regularly import US/Japanese games that don't make it over here. However, the Wiki quote raises this small caveat that I feel needs explaining more: software specific to the Nintendo DSi are region-locked What this means is that, if you use a ...


It would appear that the games are not region locked according this this Wiki article that states: "The Game Boy and Nintendo DS product lines do not use regional lockouts for physically distributed games; however, software specific to the Nintendo DSi are region-locked, and cartridges released by iQue in China can only be played on DS models ...

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