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It doesn't matter where your Switch came from. They're all the same, and region-free. The only thing that matters, is which region your account belongs to. If you have a Japanese account, it will only be able to access the Japanese eShop, no matter where you are in the world. If you have a German account, it will only be able to access the German eShop, no ...


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According to Reddit you can get locked out, but you can contact Steam support to get your games back: Hello fellow Russian. I've moved to the EU several years years ago and had some games which were locked-out. Here's what I've done: I wrote to the steam support and asked what can I do about it. I got asked the following scans: ID, Address Card ...


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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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While I cannot find any official Steam documentation (there are lot's of reddit posts however, this one for example), I can share my own experience. I moved from Russia to the U.S. in 2017, and this is what happened: Currency in my wallet was converted to USD. My shop is now US shop - all prices are in USD. All my games are in place, I can download and ...


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The Nintendo Switch is region-free. As the link states: Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the system won’t be region locked, meaning players will be able to play globally released software on the console-handheld hybrid. The Wikipedia page for the Switch explains further: Unlike previous Nintendo home consoles, the Switch is region-free. ...


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Depending on the version of Forza 4 you have, you might be out of luck. The best solution I can think of (without getting into a system hack) would be to sell your game and purchase a US-region specific or region-unlocked game. This kind of sucks, I admit, but maybe you can get lucky with a trade. Either that, or trade in the system. If you own an NTSC-U/...


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From the Steam Subscriber Agreement: 3. BILLING, PAYMENT AND OTHER SUBSCRIPTIONS A. Payment Authorization ... You agree that you will not use IP proxying or other methods to disguise the place of your residence, whether to circumvent geographical restrictions on game content, to purchase at pricing not applicable to your geography, or for any ...


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It actually happened to me. There was the full Commandos collection in Steam sales and I couldn't get it because it is not available in Germany (I guess why :/). I told a (good) friend and he gifted it to me out of the blue. The games are in my library and I can download them. I guess if you don't abuse this it should be ok, but I cannot guarantee it as ...


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I've moved from Russia to US and I have no problems playing my games or buying new ones.


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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 ...


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From the Nintendo Support Forums, this same question was asked and this answer was chosen by the moderator as the best answer: No. Nintendo 3DS games and systems are both region-locked, so a German copy of Pokémon Sun would only work on a Nintendo 3DS system from that same region. Similarly, a NTSC Nintendo 3DS system would only be able to play a Pokémon ...


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I can confirm! I have PAL Halo 4 running on my US NTSC Xbox with no issues!


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You do not require a region Y account to use your region X content in region Y. You can continue to purchase and play on your region X account from region Y with no problems and as long as you maintain a valid payment method for region X. I know this because I am doing it and have been for many years. If you want to purchase content that is specific for ...


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You can use the Switch in any country you like. Depending on where you buy the switch you get a different plug for the charger(Note: That part that goes into the switch is always the same). If you plan on traveling a lot you would need a different charger, or better a adapter to plug it into the local electricity network. Something like this. WIFI is ...


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Well, I have to accept an answer that "worked for me", so I have to write my own: not a single problem I have seen, even though I had a RU/CIS version of, for example, Bioshock Infinite. I can still install it (the button is active, the download starts) and likely also play it (I don't want to download 40 GB to test it now). Probably because Steam didn't ...


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Check the Nintendo eShop, by searching for the game title. In the details (no. players etc.), it should say supported languages - this should work since most if not all physical releases should be on eShop


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The original Etrian Oddyssey games are DS titles, therefore they wont be restricted by 3DS region locking as established in this answer. This means it doesn't matter where you get Etrian Oddyssey 1, 2 & 3, they will play on any 3DS device in any region. Just make sure to buy your 3DS & your copy of Etrian Oddessey 4 from the same region. As you've ...


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Yep, it's all the same as on PS3. Primary account shares all content with other accounts and you can have multiple primary accounts. Excerpt: If a user activates a system with his or her account, other users on the system can use applications and enjoy some PlayStation Plus benefits from that account, even if that user is not logged in. If ...


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The following information doesn't seem to be easy to find so hopefully the following information can answer other questions. N64 game controllers and Rumble PAK's are not region specific. They all send and receive the same commands over the controller wire. Technically the N64 Mouse could be considered region specific because the only games that used it ...


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Update additional to Puce's answer. After hours of research, here is 'theoretical way' to determine state of your target game. TL;DR: Use steamdb.info to confirm package's information, if AllowCrossRegionTradingAndGifting not set to No, your friend might be able to gift that game for you. (Provided that app information does not restrict downloading or ...


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If you are not keen on Japanese, I'd recommend to focus on the USA one. Language can be changed in some Japanese games, but only if English is supported. The vast majority of JP games only support the Japanese language. A second language only appears when the cartridge is expected on international market, and only in their versions. Most Pokemon games do ...


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The nintendo switch is not region locked - so you can buy whatever imported game you like. (Source)


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According to this article: In general, neither digital nor disc-based games will be region locked, but PlayStation recommends that all users purchase games at the region of their residence to guarantee the best overall experience and customer service. In certain instances, a software publisher may choose to region lock a game title for specific reasons, ...


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I'll quote an answer on another forum from 2015 : It's because of price discrimination. Steam, for example, used to have all its prices in USD, and no games were region locked. Then they switched to regional currencies for price discrimination reasons. A $60 game is way too high a price for a consumer in the Philippines, so the same game that ...


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By definition, a region-free game will play on any console regardless of its region. Modding your console is only useful to play region-locked games on a console not from the correct region.


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Yep, to my knowledge (additional proof) PSN games (even if they are PS1 games) are NOT region locked, so you can buy and play them on any PS3 console.


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All official SNES games are region locked, regardless of their release date. However, passthrough cartridges - where you plug in two cartridges to use the region locking chip from another game - do exist, although I can't remember any specific products. You can also modify your SNES to disable the lockout chip, and in that case, many, but not all games ...


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