Nintendo Wii is region locked
Bad news Iâ€™m afraid regarding imported Nintendo Wii consoles. Play-Asia.com has revealed that the Wii is completely region locked, and this included GameCube softwareâ€¦
This means that the innovative, original and imaginative Japanese games on the Wii wonâ€™t be able to work properly on an American Wii or the soon-to-be-released European PAL Wii.
On the bright side, Play-Asia.com has tested the GameCube Action Replay on the Wii and you can play imported GameCube games. Without it, you canâ€™t.
As for accessories like the Wiimote and the classic controller (for playing downloaded Nintendo games), this will work no matter what region they are from. However, the Japanese Wii point cards cannot be redeemed on US and European systems.
What about downloaded content from the Wii Channels from outside the territory? Say, you have imported a Japanese Wii (which goes on sale on December 2nd), but imported back to the UK, can you access the online stuff? To be honest, it may not work as Play-Asia mentions in the article: â€œâ€¦it appears that you can only access the specific network that your Wii console has been designed for.â€
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