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Import 3DO Question

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:19 am
by Anonymous
Hello, I am interested in getting a imported panasonic 3d0 fz-10, but there is one thing that would make me buy one, or not. Is there a Region Lockout Chip on these Systems? Like if I got this (Hoping that it is from Japan) system, could I play NA/EU 3DO games on this?

Also, Im new here, so nice place you guys got here! All dedicated to the 3DO, its nice to see a community on such a overlooked but loved console.
:D

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 12:42 am
by Lemmi
all 3do games play on all 3do systems

except a handful of japanese titles which will only work on the Sanyo 3do system

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:10 am
by 3DO Experience
Well some Jap games need to use fonts built into the BIOS of Japanese machines, very few of those thou.

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:11 pm
by Traegorn
Lemmi wrote:all 3do games play on all 3do systems

except a handful of japanese titles which will only work on the Sanyo 3do system
Japanese 3DOs from any manufacturer should be able to play any Japanese Game.

Japanese systems should be able to play any Japanese or US game... and most UK releases (with a few notable exceptions).

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:58 pm
by mattyg
just watch the voltge Japanese/US models are 110V NTSC
European/UK are 240V/PAL
Australian were 240V/NTSC (dont ask)

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:17 pm
by 3DOKid
mattyg wrote: Australian were 240V/NTSC (dont ask)
I didn't know that. NTSC + Proper power. It's almost perfect!

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:25 pm
by mattyg
Due to our proximity to Asia the local distributers sourced mainly Goldstar units direct from Korea and then just swapped out the power units with the UK spares. It was far cheaper than re-importing the UK release ones. Even my FZ-1 is 240V NTSC , as was my first Goldstar. I was just lucky at the time my flatmate had an NTSC compatible TV - multi display units were not common here back then - no prob now though!

Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 10:51 pm
by 3DOKid
my first memories of the PSX are very monochrome thanks to that issue :)