browny wrote:I bought my XBox 360 here in Taiwan and notice that it plays a variety of regions (NTSC, NTSC-J, PAL, etc.) I am not sure why this is but I am happy about it. It allows more of a variety of games to be played on my console.
All Xbox 360 hardware is locked to a single region NTSC-U/C, PAL or NTSC-J (Taiwan is NTSC-J), but it is up to the publisher of each disc to choose on which hardware the title can run. Sometimes publishers don't exercise the option which means games bought in any market will run on all 3 hardware regions, but some use it on specific SKUs, e.g. the North American release may be locked to NTSC-U/C hardware, but the releases for Europe, Asia, and Australia my work on both PAL and NTSC-J units.
By far the best resource for determining which games will work where is www.play-asia.com
, and once you've done your research, unless there's a huge price difference or some other issue, you may as well just purchase from there as well since they definitely do ship to Tawian.
We are in Taiwan so customs is hit and miss. From my experience, you won't get hit up for extra charges on a single game, but once you start getting shipments with a total value of over US$100 you may get charged - it's like NT$100+ change which you pay on delivery.
Fedex will almost certainly collect that NT$100 (even going so far as to come back the next day that one time the driver forgot to get the money), whereas UPS more often than not doesn't.