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Trick your (PAL) Wii to play (NTSC) GNC Games *Updated*

February 28, 2007


Pretty ghetto. Not a mod at all, just some switching before your Wii knows what you are doing.

A clever little bugger over at the MaxConsole has managed to ‘hack’ the Wii to play import games. Any PAL system can play any NTSC title using this clever little method, but it takes a bit of speedy manoeuvring. No wire cutting, no faffing about, nothing technical, just taking out one disk and putting in another. Here’s how it works, step by step.

Shove in a PAL GameCube disk

  • Enter the Disk Channel section
  • Point your Wii Remote at the start button but DON’T start the game just yet.
  • Press the eject button on the Wii then, after a second or so, click on the on-screen start button on the Wii.
  • The speedy bit: the moment your Wii chucks out the PAL disk, quickly whip it out and shove in the NTSC disk (you have to be VERY quick).
  • The game should boot up as normal.
  • So these Euro’s figured this out. The question for me now is will this work the other way around? In theory it should but for all we know the Euro Wii had the PAL format rigged like a Gamecube to Wii Port.

    13 Comments leave one →
    1. October 7, 2007 3:03 pm

      Since this post has such high traffic I decided to update the info a little to help out the visitors.

      Please have a look around Euros. You may like this site for more than just info on how to play NTSC games on you PAL Wii.


    2. May 2, 2008 5:43 am

      I take it this “hack” doesn’t work for Wii games, then?

    3. rhys permalink
      September 30, 2008 5:17 am

      doesnt work….
      email me with any ideas

    4. custardx permalink
      January 4, 2009 6:17 am

      Nice try, but doesn’t work today 4th Jan 2008. Tried loading Jillian Michaels NTSC version wii Fitness Ultimatum 2009 this way…”unable to read disc”. Tried a few variations of instructions and was very fast to change discs…always same outcome. Perjaps Nintendo have updated any gap in software in the interim? Thanks for entertaining blog nonetheless!

    5. Whiiii permalink
      January 5, 2009 9:18 pm

      I totally tricked my wii, then I pointed and laughed at it. It was sad and no longer wants to play with me

    6. March 31, 2009 8:08 am

      hi i got the ntsc version of rockband 2 for the wii and forgot about the whole region codes as i have a pal wii will that trick work for me?? or any suggestions

    7. pal wii user permalink
      May 11, 2009 1:49 am

      Whiiii – what do you mean “It was sad and no longer wants to play with me”? did it ruin your wii?

    8. GotItRight permalink
      July 20, 2010 2:26 pm

      You can play a NTSC Game on your PAL Wii 😀

      HOwever it requires you to hack (Softmod) your wii. You then load a USB Loader (USB LOADER GX) and you can run the NTSC Disk through there – Works like a dream 😀

      Go here for the softmod:

      Good luck…

    9. October 10, 2011 6:50 pm

      I am a Nintendo Wii Freak.I just love the Wii i was disappointed that it did not come with dvd player function.Then i found a website that turned my Wii world upside down and inside out.

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    10. Carmen permalink
      October 18, 2013 1:58 pm

      You can play a burned ntsc disc on a pal softmodded wii with the Configurable Usb Loader (different to usbloader GX) application. Just select the option “boot disc” in this app and it will start up for you.

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