NTSC games CAN run on your PAL Wii


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Experimenting with your new system can be a good or bad thing, depending on how daring you are. If you screw up, you'll probably end up breaking the system. If you get lucky, you often get a strange added feature and a lot of bragging rights.

One such story of success belongs to a guy named "dolqube" who apparently figured out a way to make old NTSC GameCube discs on his PAL Wii. The process did not require any mods or hardware tweaks whatsoever. Armed with a Wiimote and wits, this small process was devised:

1. Pop a PAL GameCube disc into the Wii, and head to the 'Disc Channel'
2. A GameCube logo should be up on the screen. Point the Wii Remote's cursor over the 'Start' option so it's highlighted
3. While keeping your hand steady, press the eject button on the Wii
4. For about one second, the 'Start' option will remain active. In this window of time, hit the A button on the Wii Remote and then swap out your ejected PAL GCN disc with an NTSC (Japanese or USA) disc, which the Wii will accept into the drive.

You'd know you got it right if the system boots up in GC mode and plays without a hitch. This trick has been tested on a few discs and they all worked like well-oiled machines. This is by far the safest and easiest trick of the sort since you won't void the warranty by opening the system, nor would foreign software be installed. Please be advised, though, that NTSC Wii's won't have the same luck as GC imports.