Upcoming 3DS update won’t allow eShop region changes after registering a NNID

by Daniel VuckovicNovember 14, 2013

The new impending Nintendo 3DS update that was revealed last night has a bit of a down side to it.

Sure the new update will bring Miiverse, but also it’ll bring shared eShop balances to both the Wii U and 3DS through the Nintendo Network ID system. That means if you spend or add money to any Wii U or 3DS linked with the same NNID the balance will be shared across.

Nintendo has shared a Q&A about the new update and it’s got some really worrying news in it, especially for us in Australia.

When the new update hits and if you link a Nintendo Network ID (which will be required for demos and free applications) you will no longer be able to change your systems region and use the eShop in another currency.

[quote]After registering a Nintendo Network ID, you will be unable to change regions and use multiple currencies – for instance, pounds and euros – in Nintendo eShop. The funds in the currency that corresponds to the country setting of your Nintendo Network ID will remain, and any funds in other currencies will be deleted and no longer usable. Please make sure to use up any other currencies before registering a Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo 3DS system.[/quote]

That means my fellow Australians, no more European store for us and vice versa. That means if a game comes out on the European store and not Australia we will no longer be able to buy it. All those indie games that get classified and never make it here? Impossible to get. Never mind the price difference that European store affords, nor the early access to some games. All gone.

There’s also repercussions here for us in the press. Every review code we get from a publisher who isn’t Nintendo Australia is a code  for the European eShop – on both Wii U and 3DS. This now means no early reviews from Vooks, something we’ve already been struggling with this year.

So what’s the solution? Don’t update? Don’t register a Nintendo Network ID? Possibly both of those. We will keep an eye on this for over the coming weeks as we know a fair amount of you like to purchase from European store, we’d also like to keep reviewing games too.

Nintendo, please don’t kill our site.

Source: Nintendo

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  • MysticLegacy
    November 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

    So we won’t be able to download the Bravely Default demo without registering a NNID? That sucks a lot…

  • Paulc
    November 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Couldn’t you just create a new Mii under a different region like you do on the Wii U to access the other regions eshops? IE. Create a UK account, buy game on UK eshop, switch back to AU account and play the game?

  • ktay95
    November 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    actually they have said 1 account per 3DS, so we can no longer buy shantae from the UK eshop afterwards =(

  • NegativeZero
    November 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Seems like there’s next to no benefit to having NNID and a bunch of drawbacks. Is it compulsory? Seems like the absolute last thing I’d ever want to register, why lock the system down even further than it already is?

    • Tanukitrooper
      November 16, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I think a pretty big benefit will be buying a vc title on Wii U and having it accessible on the 3DS for no extra charge and vice versa.

  • Wanderlei
    November 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    All it is saying that you will lose your currency when changing regions. So if you have a zero balance you can safely still change region.

  • November 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    It’s a bit like 3 steps forwards, 2 steps back…
    I also heard that you won’t be able to add friends through 3DS Miiverse and there won’t be private conversations with friends in 3DS Miiverse.

    Come on Nintendo! Stop being so stupidly stubborn about social features!

  • morpha
    November 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    There has been no promise of cross-buy or cross-saves at all. So I see no reason to limit my purchasing choice so I can have a combined ballance. It is, unfortunelty, very likely that to use the miiverse you will have to register an NNID.

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