Hey guys, as everyone knows the Australian eShop is complete rubbish and I'm sick of it. Many games just aren't released here at all because of the absurd classification fee and general ineptness of our government. I've given up waiting for Nano Assault EX.
Anyway, I've heard of a lot of Australians simply buying from the European eShop and I want to be part of it. Problem is, I have no idea how to pay? Does anywhere online sell UK eshop cards, and if I get a standard debit card, will that work?
Also, do you lose your existing credit on the Aus store or is that a myth?
That stuff about losing your credit is just a myth. You can't access it while you're 'in' Europe, but it will come back when you change the region back to Australia. :)
But if you want to buy from the European eShop, all you have to do is set your region to somewhere in Europe (obviously >_<). From there, you have to either use a European eShop card [try eBay, maybe?] or a regular credit card to actually add funds. I normally go with the credit card route - if you don't have one, I guess you could try one of those prepaid ones at the supermarket? I haven't used them before, so I don't know if they work :( It should be fine as long as you have a security number and a card number...
I hope that helps :) Europe definitely has a few gems on the eShop that Australia doesn't have.
Because its still a PAL version so isn't locked specifically to Europe...it's just a digital file...a few of my demos and purchased games are from the EU store and I switched my region setting back to NZ and everything works fine...I even import EU retail games rather than buying them here because its cheaper too