The Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory, now available in Japan, is not region-locked for North American or European Nintendo 3DS systems.
The short video clip below, provided by Twitter user PKMNtrainrChels, demonstrates that the Japanese 3DS NFC Reader/Writer is compatible with her North American Nintendo 3DS.
Using the NFC Reader/Writer accessory, which retails for $19.99, players can scan compatible amiibo figures into select games such as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. When Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer arrives this fall, players will be able to scan amiibo cards.
Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS systems are not compatible with Nintendo’s amiibo figures or cards. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, however, features built-in NFC reader/writer functionality capable of interacting with amiibo.
Target became the first retailer in the United States to open pre-orders for the NFC reader.
3DS NFC Reader/Writer Accessory not Region-Locked