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img src=http://www.vooks.net/images/newsimages/sonicClassDS.jpg width=44 height=44 border=1 align=left hspace=5EB are selling US copies of Sonic Classic Collection which are region locked pOur continued a href=http://www.vooks.net/story-19055-DSi-regionlocking-confusing-catching-people-unware.htmlfight/a against region locking on the DSi has again scalped another victim. EB Games Australia is selling re-stickered US copies of em class=bbcSonic Classic Collection/em for the DS which, of course, means that these games wonrsquo;t work in any Australian Nintendo DSi or DSi XL units (DS Lites are immune from this region-locking nonsense). Donrsquo;t be fooled by the boxart below; thatrsquo;s an American copy and, unlike the Australian version, features no markings or warnings whatsoever as to its region-locked nature./pdiv align=centerimg src=http://www.vooks.net/images/sonicClassic.jpg alt= //divpbr /We wonrsquo;t go into why EB is selling a quot;preownedquot; copy of a game for $22 more than the RRP of the Australian version (when the sale isnrsquo;t on) but thatrsquo;s pretty sad too. This isnrsquo;t just one EB store who has fallen victim to a trade-in though, these are new copies of the game being sold as new much like a href=http://www.vooks.net/story-18683-Henry-Hatsworth-sneaks-into-Aussie-stores.htmlem class=bbcHenry Hatsworth/em/a was. br /br /We tested the cartridge with the store clerk as well just to be sure. They didnrsquo;t seem to mind, saying quot;Yeah, it happens with some gamesquot;. Caring. br /br /So the stupidity of DSi region locking continues and consumers and gamers get even more confused by region locking that simply shouldnrsquo;t exist.br /br /Well be contacting EB Games for a response, but were sure they know what theyre doing./p

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Thanks a lot Vook! I was very tempted at buying the US version of Sonic Classic Collection but relented and bought No More Heroes instead and thank god I did. Are you still persisting with getting any reason why Sega Australia and Ubisoft are doing this to their DS games in Australia?
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It's not just in Australia, it now plagues the rest of the world.
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I hope some smart cookie creates a modchip for the DSis or at least something for us to bypass DSi region locking.
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If it's just pre-owned games and not brand new ones that are the issue, then you can't really blame EB. There isn't really anything stopping someone getting American games and trading them in. The games tend to use the same box art and it is difficult to monitor who you sell them too.
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Chibi more than one store has this, we checked. If it was just one store I'd agree but at least three other stores (in two states) are doing this. They are 'new' games too, they're all in perfect condition just like Henry Hatsworth was. They're just selling it as 'preowned'.

The yellow sticker also means the game came from HQ and wasn't stickered in store. At least this is what my information tells me.
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Wouldn't that get EB blacklisted by distributors and local subsidiaries?
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Wouldn't that get EB blacklisted by distributors and local subsidiaries?

I don't think so just cause of how big and important they are. Game Traders does this with importing and they are blacklisted from some people (ie Nintendo) but compared to say EB they are small scale, where as EB is the largest Video Game retail chain in Australia which I imagine gives them a little more leeway over the distributors.
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The yellow sticker also means the game came from HQ and wasn't stickered in store. At least this is what my information tells me.


Only the large yellow ones, the one shown in the picture has been stickered in store
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Thanks for the clarification.
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I think this is good in a way, if there are games out of print.
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I think this is good in a way, if there are games out of print.

Not sure what you mean.
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This isn't the first time something like this has happened.

A while ago I saw an EB Games in Tasmania selling an NTSC-US version Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii.
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I think its obvious whats going on (in the case of Dragon Quest Swords it was just someone pulling a swifty on a trade in deal).

But with the DS/DSi games EB are buying up stock for cheap from the UK/US markets and selling them as preowned. It makes them a tidy profit because the Australian dollar is pretty strong right now. Because they arent from local purchases for tax purposes, they would have to take them as 'preowned' titles and sell them as such.

They used to buy large quantities of UK PAL games that never got released locally IIRC, or in limited quantities on first run. Some examples I know of include Gitaroo Man, Advent Rising, and currently a lot of copies of Dragon Quest V on DS (incidentally that one is not region locked and is in stock now so grab it while you can as Ive found it damn near impossible to get elsewhere).
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Damn region-coding. Hopefully now publishers can put some type of label to distinguish it from local copies.
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Damn region-coding. Hopefully now publishers can put some type of label to distinguish it from local copies.

I think instead of hopeing for labelling we should hope that Nintendo does not continue through with this and goes back to the way things have been for the last 20 years AND NOT REGION LOCK THEIR HANDHELDS, I can understand console games to a degree, but to region lock handhleds is just such a backwards thinking thing it s god damn joke.
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Well all Preowned come with a 12 month warranty, so if someone finds that their game doesn't work, any EB employee will replace it for you within 12 months of purchase, or track a copy down for you
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Thats classic them.
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Technically speaking, Sega region locking their games so no-one can play them would be a good thing around the time Sonic 4 launches.
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A while ago I saw an EB Games in Tasmania selling an NTSC-US version Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii.

But aren't the differences between ESRB and OFLC stickers obvious? Unless the trader-inner put a fake one on, or more unlikely that an EB employee did.
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Nope it clearly had an ESRB rating on it.
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What happened is that someone traded in an ntsc copy. When the clerk tried scanning it in, it didnt recognise the US barcode, so they manually typed it in in their trade in screen. The employee obviously didnt notice it was a NTSC copy. Its nothing unusual to see from time to time. A good way to offload your accidental ebay purchases from the wrong region or if they are crap games. Just do it when theyre busy (ie during a sale).
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A good way to offload your accidental ebay purchases from the wrong region or if they are crap games. Just do it when theyre busy (ie during a sale).


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Today I saw Wii Cricket in EB Games, only, it was Ashes Cricket 2009 - the UK version - with a OFLC sticker stuck over the top of the PEGI rating. It also had English players on the front cover (eww).

I dunno if the content is different, (I think there are different licenses; in the AU version only the AU team has proper names, other countries have pseudonyms) but surely they can't do it. The two versions released at different times, and have different names. My point is that it's a different product, masquerading as one that was released locally.

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