Recently I decided to import a Japanese 3DS. After watching the Monster Hunter X reveal, I decided that I would not only import the handheld, but try to learn Japanese as well, so that by the time Monster Hunter X comes out this winter, I might be able to read a little. My eventual goal is to become fluent in Japanese, enough to play video games and watch anime.
I ordered the New 3DS in white, the non-LL model, with interchangeable cover plates. I also ordered Cover Plates No. 38 (Monster Hunter Poogie) to go with the system (of course).
There is no setting to change the language on a Japanese 3DS, and you can only play games from Japan, so it means that you either import physical cartridges, or purchase games digitally.
All future posts about this will be tagged #Japan3DSAdventure so stay tuned! I'll post whatever tips I learn about along the way.
The first tip is this nice list of games to import over at chic-pixel.com by @apricotsushi: "10 Japanese 3DS Games Worth Importing" which she has listed and assessed in terms of difficulty of Japanese. I'm definitely interested in the first game on the list, Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikuu Daibouken. Especially since it has the song from Attack on Titan in it!