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Play NTSC GameCube games on PAL Wii

A clever little forum member over at MaxConsole has managed to find a way to play import NTSC GameCube titles on your PAL Wii. How? Find out next.

The original topic details how to take advantage of a flaw in the Wii hardware by simply taking out a PAL disk and quickly putting in an NTSC one. But how do you do it we hear you cry. Well…

  • Put in a PAL GameCube disk
  • Enter the Disk Channel menu screen
  • Point your Wii Remote at the start button but DON’T start the game quite yet.
  • Push the eject button on the Wii console then, after about a second, click on the on-screen start button on the Wii before it disappears.
  • Now you have to be quick. The moment your Wii shoves out the PAL disk, quickly remove it from the console and shove in the NTSC disk.
  • The game should boot up normally.

We’ve tried it out ourselves and it works just fine. It is a bit of a refined art, so if you don’t get it first time keep on trying and you’ll get the technique right eventually. We’re a bit concerned that Nintendo will discover the problem and release an system update to remove it from the system, but until then you can use it as much as you like. No modding, no hacking, no use of Freeloader disks, just do the above. Let us know how you get on and enjoy import gaming on your Wii!

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Comment by Chris on 2007-03-12 16:10:42 | Reply

It booted animal crossing the 1st time i tried it the nintendo sign came up but then it was a black screen i could hear the music tho

Comment by emma on 2007-03-29 22:44:06 | Reply

does this work the other wy around? we have an ntsc system and want to play pal games! can anyone help??

Comment by Josh on 2007-04-17 08:28:37 | Reply

now why would you want to go the other way? play pal games on ntsc? all of us downunder know that the NTSC games are much better and cheaper…best to stick with that…

Comment by emma on 2007-04-21 11:06:37 | Reply

great - but we already have loads of pal games?

Comment by Aztar on 2007-09-28 21:50:30 | Reply

I also want to play PAL on NTSC. I moved from a PAL to an NTSC and would like to use my PAL Gamcube games on my NTSC Wii.

Comment by Dianne on 2007-11-19 09:38:10 | Reply

Does anyone know if NSTC Wii games can be played on a PAL Wii console???
I purchase a game from America not knowing that there are two different systems.

Comment by boombrush on 2010-08-11 02:31:26 | Reply

i did the exact thing but with Canada.

Comment by keith on 2009-02-20 01:21:37 | Reply

does anyone know how to play ntsc gamecube games on a pal gamecube console?

Comment by robin on 2009-04-19 12:59:05 | Reply

not working any more. if i got a pal tales of symphonia would it still boot my save file?

Comment by boombrush on 2010-08-11 02:30:27 | Reply

i got 4.2 wii and when i do the trick, the wii just reboots. im i doing it right or is it the wii?

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