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Feb 23, 2017

Four questions about Nintendo DS games / cassettes?

Hi! First of, I am clueless about computer games, absolutely clueless. I bought my 7 year old son a Nintendo DS. I totally regret it, but it is done now. So I need to make the most of it... ①Can I buy English language games for it here in Japan? ②He calls them "cassettes" are they called that in English too? ③I have siblings in the UK, Australia and Switzerland, if they buy English language cassettes in their countries and send them to me, can we use them on a Japan bought DS? ④Any recommendations for educational type DS games? Thank you

Saitama

Saitama

Level 8 LocalGuide with Google. Blogging about life in Japan as an Irish WAHM to 4 kids on insaitama.com.

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  • Jackson

    on Feb 24

    ①Can I buy English language games for it here in Japan? Yes, and looking through the amazon.jp used games might be the best way to give you the widest selection. ②He calls them "cassettes" are they called that in English too? In English they are games, but for the non-disc based ones, that physical medium is called game cartridges. ③I have siblings in the UK, Australia and Switzerland, if they buy English language cassettes in their countries and send them to me, can we use them on a Japan bought DS? It depends. For the nintendo DS, there are 3 systems in order of release: Nintendo DS - not region locked (feel free to play Eng and Jpn games, and these games would work on all the systems below) Nintendo DSi - mostly not region locked (you're still playing DS games so it's fine) Nintendo 3DS - region locked (while it can play DS games no problem, you can't play a Jpn and play it on a European system, for example) ④Any recommendations for educational type DS games? Not sure how educational you're going for, but Super Scribblenauts is one I highly recommend. The Professor Layton series is fun and filled with logic puzzles too, which I love very much. Walking around Bookoff and reading the back of cartridge boxes might further inspire you. If only I used more space in my brain for useful knowledge other than games.

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  • Aluma

    on Feb 23

    1. Some games have an English option. I know that Pokemon games can be played in English, but the majority are in Japanese. 2. In English they're just called "games". 3. Yes and no. I think it depends on the game. I used to have an American DS, but it died, so I bought a Japanese 3DS and most of the games from my old DS work on my 3DS. I don't know why this is. 4. I can't help with this one. I only play Pokemon and Final Fantasy. >.<

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  • SilviaS15

    on Feb 23

    I also seemed to have been able to play Japanese games on my US one so I assume it is possible.

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  • Heath320

    on Feb 23

    1. Did you buy the DS here? There might be some English games. 2. The are usually just called ds games/game card. 3. They are regioned locked so only games that are made in the same country can be played. 4. Sorry I don't know the games here.

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  • Saitama

    on Feb 24

    Thank you all so much for your answers. @Jackson I for one am glad your brain has so much game knowledge. :-) Guess what I will be buying with my City-cost points this month. :-D

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