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Due to region-locking, some Wii U games cannot be played on any Wii U systems due to not being released for that region. However, all current Wii U Pokémon games can be played on each region.
 
Due to region-locking, some Wii U games cannot be played on any Wii U systems due to not being released for that region. However, all current Wii U Pokémon games can be played on each region.
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The [[Nintendo Switch]] is not region-locked; however, there are five regions for the [[Nintendo Switch]] that can be changed freely in the System Settings menu. The Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea region was added in version 8.0.0.
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The Nintendo eShop uses the country of the associated Nintendo Account.
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Some games do not support all languages in all regions, meaning that, for example, a copy of {{ink|Splatoon 2}} purchased physically in Japan or digitally on the Japanese eShop can only be played in Japanese, despite being released in other languages elsewhere. However, all current Nintendo Switch Pokémon games can be played in all supported languages regardless of where it was purchased.
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In [[Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]], the region determines whether American English, Canadian French and Latin American Spanish or British English, European French and Castilian Spanish translations are used.

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Software regions are regions used for the purposes of region-locking and digital content distribution by Nintendo for some of their consoles. Region-locking is used in all systems in the Nintendo DSi family and the Nintendo 3DS family and all Nintendo home consoles prior to the Nintendo Switch.

Most markets only retail one region of system and games, to prevent consumers accidentally purchasing games that are not compatible with their own system. However, in some locations, notably the Middle East and Southeast Asia, multiple different regions of system are retailed.

Software regions are used to prevent physical copies of games being played on systems of a different region. This means that, for example, a Japanese region copy of Pokémon X cannot be played on an American region Nintendo 3DS system.

Game Boy and Game Boy Color

The Game Boy and Game Boy Color families are not region-locked. However, Japanese Pokémon games for these consoles cannot properly communicate with games in any other languages; attempting to do so can cause corruption on both ends of the link.

Special event distributions for the Generation I and II games are only restricted by the inability of Japanese events to be received by games in other languages, and events in other languages cannot be received by Japanese games.

Game Boy Advance

The Game Boy Advance family is not region-locked.

Special event distributions for the Generation III games are restricted by language, rather than region.

Nintendo DS and DSi

The Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite are not region-locked, with the exception of the iQue DS, which can play Nintendo DS games, but its games cannot be played on other region systems.

There are four regions for the Nintendo DSi family, as well as one for the iQue DSi (the equivalent of the Nintendo DSi in mainland China). Each region has an associated letter used to represent it, which can be found at the end of the Nintendo DSi firmware version number. The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Region-locking does not apply to Nintendo DS games, which can be played regardless of region, but does apply to Nintendo DSi-enhanced and DSi-exclusive games. It also does not apply to DSi-enhanced games when played on an original Nintendo DS, because region-locking on the Nintendo DSi is merely a software restriction and not a technical one.

Regions are also used to restrict the list of countries that can selected from when choosing the country for the Nintendo DSi Shop. This means that American region systems cannot select Japan as their home country.

Regions

Code Name Primary markets
JPN Japanese region Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong
USA American region The Americas
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia
KOR Korean region South Korea
CHN Chinese region Mainland China

Games

Due to region-locking, some Nintendo DSi-enhanced and DSi-exclusive games cannot be played on all Nintendo DSi systems due to not being released for some regions. The Japanese, American and European regions dominate the other regions in the number of available games.

Below is a list of Nintendo DSi-enhanced Pokémon games, indicating whether they can be played on each region of Nintendo DSi.

First release Game J U E K C
September 18, 2010 Pokémon Black and White
March 17, 2012 Pokémon Conquest
June 23, 2012 Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Distributions

Special event distributions for the Generation IV and V games are restricted by language, rather than region.

Nintendo 3DS

There are five regions for the Nintendo 3DS family, as well as one for the iQue 3DS XL (the equivalent of the Nintendo 3DS XL in mainland China). Each region has an associated letter used to represent it, which can be found at the end of the Nintendo 3DS firmware version number. The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Region-locking does not apply to backwards compatibility with Nintendo DS games, but does apply to Nintendo DSi-enhanced and DSi-exclusive games. Region-locking is merely a software restriction and not a technical one, as fans have created hacks that allow region-locking to be bypassed.

Regions are also used to restrict the list of countries that can selected from when choosing the country for the Nintendo eShop. This means that American region systems cannot select Japan as their home country.

The Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop and its contents are also restricted by region. Only Japanese, American, and PAL region systems have access to the Theme Shop (other regions do not have changeable themes at all).

Regions

Code Name Primary markets
JPN Japanese region Japan
USA American region The Americas, U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia
KOR Korean region South Korea
TWN Taiwanese region Taiwan, Hong Kong
CHN Chinese region Mainland China

Games

Due to region-locking, some Nintendo 3DS games cannot be played on all Nintendo 3DS systems due to not being released for some regions. The Japanese, American and European regions dominate the other regions in the number of available games. However, despite region-locking, Pokémon Bank is able to communicate with games of any region (even if they cannot be played on that system).

Below is a list of Nintendo 3DS Pokémon games, indicating whether they can be played on each region of Nintendo 3DS.

First release Game J U E K T C
June 6, 2011 Pokédex 3D
August 11, 2011 Pokémon Rumble Blast
June 23, 2012 Pokémon Dream Radar
July 14, 2012 Pokédex 3D Pro
November 23, 2012 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
October 12, 2013 Pokémon X and Y
December 25, 2013 Pokémon Bank
December 25, 2013 Poké Transporter
March 12, 2014 Pokémon Battle Trozei
June 5, 2014 The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon
June 19, 2014 Pokémon Art Academy
September 13, 2014 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
October 15, 2014 Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version
November 21, 2014 Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
February 18, 2015 Pokémon Shuffle
April 8, 2015 Pokémon Rumble World
September 17, 2015 Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
December 2, 2015 Pokémon Picross
February 3, 2016 Great Detective Pikachu ~Birth of a New Duo~
October 18, 2016 Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version
November 18, 2016 Pokémon Sun and Moon
November 17, 2017 Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Virtual Console

First release Game J U E K T C
July 10, 2014 Pokémon Trading Card Game
November 6, 2014 Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
February 27, 2016 Pokémon Red and Green
February 27, 2016 Pokémon Blue
February 27, 2016 Pokémon Red and Blue
February 27, 2016 Pokémon Yellow
September 22, 2017 Pokémon Gold and Silver

Distributions

Special event distributions for the Generation VI and VII games are restricted by region for Nintendo Zone, serial code, and Nintendo Network distributions. Local wireless and infrared distributions are not region-locked.

Events in Hong Kong and Taiwan are generally made available for Taiwanese, Japanese, and PAL region systems.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

There are three regions for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Region-locking on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System between NTSC regions is merely a physical restriction and not a technical one. It is possible to remove plastic tabs from an American region system so that it can play both Japanese and American region games; however, because American region game cartridges are larger than Japanese region ones, they do not fit in the Japanese region Super Famicom and so cannot be played on it.

Conversely, due to PAL and NTSC games using different video standards, PAL games cannot be played on NTSC systems due to technical limitations, and vice versa.

Regions

Code Name Primary markets Television system
JPN Japanese region Japan NTSC
USA American region The Americas NTSC
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia PAL

Games

Due to region-locking, some SNES games cannot be played on all SNES systems due to not being released for some regions.

Below is a list of SNES Pokémon games, indicating whether they can be played on each region of SNES.

First release Game J U E
June 14, 1994 Super Game Boy
January 30, 1998 Super Game Boy 2
April 1998 Monthly Coin Toss: Pokémon Card Magazine
April 1, 1999 Picross NP Vol. 1

Nintendo 64

There are three regions for the Nintendo 64, as well as one for the iQue Player (the equivalent of the Nintendo 64 in mainland China). The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Region-locking on the Nintendo 64 between NTSC regions is merely a physical restriction and not a technical one; the difference is the position of tabs on the back of cartridges and the corresponding game port on the console itself. It is possible to remove plastic tabs from an NSTC system so that it can play NTSC games from both regions. However, due to PAL and NTSC games using different video standards, PAL games cannot be played on NTSC systems due to technical limitations, and vice versa.

Regions

Code Name Primary markets Television system
JPN Japanese region Japan NTSC
USA American region The Americas NTSC
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia PAL
CHN Chinese region Mainland China PAL

Games

Due to region-locking, some Nintendo 64 games cannot be played on all Nintendo 64 systems due to not being released for some regions.

Below is a list of Nintendo 64 Pokémon games, indicating whether they can be played on each region of Nintendo 64.

First release Game J U E C
August 1, 1998 Pokémon Stadium (Japanese)
January 21, 1999 Hey You, Pikachu!
January 21, 1999 Super Smash Bros.
March 21, 1999 Pokémon Snap
April 30, 1999 Pokémon Stadium (English)
September 25, 2000 Pokémon Puzzle League
December 14, 2000 Pokémon Stadium 2

Nintendo GameCube

There are three regions for the Nintendo GameCube. The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Region-locking on the Nintendo GameCube is merely a software restriction and not a technical one, as fans have created hacks that allow region-locking to be bypassed.

Regions

Code Name Primary markets Television system
JPN Japanese region Japan NTSC
USA American region The Americas NTSC
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia PAL

Games

Due to region-locking, some Nintendo GameCube games cannot be played on all Nintendo GameCube systems due to not being released for some regions. However, all Nintendo GameCube Pokémon games can be played on each region.

Wii

There are four regions for the Wii. Each region has an associated letter used to represent it, which can be found at the end of the Wii firmware version number. The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Regions are also used to restrict the list of countries that can selected from when choosing the country for the Wii Shop Channel. This means that American region systems cannot select Japan as their home country.

Region-locking on the Wii is merely a software restriction and not a technical one, as fans have created hacks that allow region-locking to be bypassed.

Regions

Code Name Primary markets
JPN Japanese region Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong
USA American region The Americas
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia
KOR Korean region South Korea

Games

Due to region-locking, some Wii games cannot be played on all Wii systems due to not being released for some regions. The Japanese, American and European regions dominate the other regions in the number of available games.

Below is a list of Wii Pokémon games, indicating whether they can be played on each region of Wii.

First release Game J U E K
December 14, 2006 Pokémon Battle Revolution
January 31, 2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
March 25, 2008 My Pokémon Ranch
June 16, 2009 Pokémon Rumble
August 4, 2009 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare)
December 5, 2009 PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
November 12, 2011 PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond

Virtual Console

First release Game J U E K
December 4, 2007 Pokémon Snap
March 30, 2008 Pokémon Puzzle League
January 20, 2009 Super Smash Bros.

Wii U

There are three regions for the Wii U. Each region has an associated letter used to represent it, which can be found at the end of the Wii U firmware version number. The regions do not have publicly known official names, so the names used for the regions on Bulbapedia are purely descriptive.

Regions are also used to restrict the list of countries that can selected from when choosing the country for the Nintendo eShop. This means that American region systems cannot select Japan as their home country.

Region-locking on the Wii U is merely a software restriction and not a technical one, as fans have created hacks that allow region-locking to be bypassed.

Regions

Code Name Primary markets
JPN Japanese region Japan
USA American region The Americas
EUR PAL region Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia

Games

Due to region-locking, some Wii U games cannot be played on any Wii U systems due to not being released for that region. However, all current Wii U Pokémon games can be played on each region.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is not region-locked; however, there are five regions for the Nintendo Switch that can be changed freely in the System Settings menu. The Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea region was added in version 8.0.0.

The Nintendo eShop uses the country of the associated Nintendo Account.

Regions

Name Primary markets
Japan Japan
The Americas The Americas, U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore
Europe Europe, South Africa, Russia
Australia / New Zealand Australia, New Zealand
Hong Kong / Taiwan / South Korea Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea

Games

Some games do not support all languages in all regions, meaning that, for example, a copy of Splatoon 2 purchased physically in Japan or digitally on the Japanese eShop can only be played in Japanese, despite being released in other languages elsewhere. However, all current Nintendo Switch Pokémon games can be played in all supported languages regardless of where it was purchased.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the region determines whether American English, Canadian French and Latin American Spanish or British English, European French and Castilian Spanish translations are used.