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Taking a Switch on vacation from EU to USA. What region eshop will I be able to access?

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 ...
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Will I be able to play my Steam games when I move from Russia to Germany? If not, what can I do?

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 ...
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I'm moving to the U.S. in a few months; what will happen to the games in my Indian Steam library?

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 ...
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Is the Nintendo Switch region locked?

The Nintendo Switch is region-free (with the exception of Chinese Nintendo Switches - see below). As the link states: Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed the system won’t be region locked,...
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Will I get banned by using region restricted games on Steam?

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 ...
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Will I be able to play my Steam games when I move from Russia to Germany? If not, what can I do?

I've moved from Russia to US and I have no problems playing my games or buying new ones.
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Is there a legal way to obtain games not available in certain Steam regions?

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 ...
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Can I play Pokémon Sun and Moon purchased in another country?

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 ...
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Are PS+ free games region-locked?

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 ...
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Can I play Nintendo Switch in a country where I don't buy?

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 ...
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Will I be able to play my Steam games when I move from Russia to Germany? If not, what can I do?

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 ...
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What is the purpose of region-locking video game systems?

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 ...
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How do I check if a Nintendo Switch game card supports multiple languages?

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 ...
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Will an NTSC N64 Rumble Pak work in a PAL controller?

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 ...
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Can I make imported PS4 games work region free?

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 ...
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Can I play Nintendo Switch in a country where I don't buy?

The nintendo switch is not region locked - so you can buy whatever imported game you like. (Source)
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Is it possible for my Russian friend to gift me a game in the UK?

Since 2014, Steam games bought in Russia cannot be played outside Russia. Valve put this restriction in place after the ruble crashed, because they didn't want to raise prices on Russian customers, ...
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Can I play Pokémon Sun and Moon purchased in another country?

According to the region locking wikipedia page the 3DS is region locked for 3DS specific software. So I think you may be out of luck until you get a Japanese copy of the game. Source: https://en....
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Will a North American SNES Power Adapter Fit In a Super Famicom?

The short answer is no, an SNES adapter will not physically fit into a Super Famicom. As a general rule, you really should just use the proper power supply anyway. If you look around online you'll ...
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Best way to get a worldwide giftable copy of the game?

Based on Steam gift policy, you cannot get a worldwide copy to gift https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=1266-QFZC-2141, and you can't trade steam wallet credit as they say here: https:/...
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Is there a difference between Nintendo 64 controllers used on PAL and NTSC systems?

As far as I know, the controllers are identical, I'm fairly sure the controllers themselves are not going to have any region-specific differences.
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Will a UK-bought Gamecube Memory Card work in the USA?

Gamecube memory cards are not region locked however there is a special caveat to make note of. When using a different region memory card you may need to format the memory card first. Another warning ...
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Is the 2DS region locked? Will I be able to play NA games on a Japanese System?

From this site: Like the Nintendo 3DS before it, the new 2DS is region-locked, which, unfortunately, means that devices can only play games with the same region codes, and you can’t access online ...
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Is an SD card inserted into Nintendo 3DS also region-locked?

SD cards do not have any sort of regions to them so you are free to buy a SD card from anywhere. The only type of products that are ever regionlocked are: Disks, DVDs, Videogames, etc Software ...
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Does a PAL PSP game work on a NTSC system?

For games, the PSP is not region locked. According to Wikipedia: Although PlayStation Portable has no region locking for UMD games;[13] UMD movies are locked by region.[14] However, Sony has ...
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PS4 DLC code and region

From here, As far as games are concerned, any game bought from any country will play on any console. As far as accounts are concerned, any game bought from any country will play on any account ...
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Query Regarding PS Plus and the Region issue

A PS Plus subscription is shared between all users on that account's primary system. As long as your PS4 system is the UAE's account primary system, your US account can play online and access all ...
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How can I play Pokemon USUM while living in the US on an European 3ds xl?

Yes, you can. I went to Japan and China last year with my (European) New 3DS XL and had absolutely no issues buying a couple of games on the eShop and playing them while overseas. You will, of course,...
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Can European bought games work on an American Xbox One?

The console and games are completely region-free. You can set your locale and language in the console's options and from there you're good to go. You can find the settings here: Guide button on the ...
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Can a Japanese "Pokemon Gold" Virtual console game be downloaded to an American 3DS/2DS?

Games are region locked, you will need a code for the region that your 3DS/2DS is from in order to download it. In other words you'll need a Japanese console to play the region locked Japanese games. ...
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