Good news for those who have always wanted to play Wii games from other regions. Datel, the creator of the Freeloader boot disc for the GameCube, has finally released its latest version for the Wii.
Like the GameCube Freeloader, the latest Wii Freeloader will allow Wii gamers to play games from any region on their consoles. According to Wii News, the Freeloader Wii is easy to use. Users have to simply insert the disc into the console and wait for it to load, then eject the disc when the drive stops. Any game disc from other regions can then loaded and played.
Currently, all unmodded Wii consoles in the market are region-locked, so only games from the same region can be played on that machine. To play games from other regions, region-free gaming has to be enabled on the Wii and this usually requires hardware modding on the console, but that will void the manufacturer's warranty.
Although the Wii Freeloader does not require any modding on the Wii, it is not officially recognized by Nintendo. And like the GameCube, Nintendo may just release a new firmware update for the Wii to disable the Freeloader. The Wii Freeloader is expected to retail for $20.
(Source: Crave Asia)