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Wii Freeloader is a bootdisc developed by Datel to circumvent regional lockout on the Wii video game console. It allows the playing of games from other regions, but does not allow the use of DVD±R, commonly used for backups, copies or homebrew. It can be used in combination with a modchip to allow compatibility with more games or to use an update blocker. The user enters the bootdisc into the Wii system, launches the application from the Wii Menu, then replaces the disc with a region-locked game disc. This disc allows the user to play foreign GameCube games, but there have been some issues reported with different signals and the games simply not working on a foreign system, even with use of the Wii Freeloader.
On June 16, 2008, Nintendo released Wii firmware 3.3, which blocks the Freeloader.
Nintendo blocks usage
Although the Freeloader only allows legally purchased game discs to be played, Nintendo has released an updated firmware that blocks it from running, known as IOS37. As well as this, certain games made by Nintendo with the 3.3 update such as Disaster: Day of Crisis will not allow the Freeloader to bypass the update. Instead, upon clicking on the disc channel it blocks the Freeloader.
Hidden language on games
Some Wii games have more than one version of the game on their disc. Siliconera has reported that the North American version of the video game Trauma Center: New Blood, when played on a Japanese Wii after using the Wii Freeloader, will switch over and play the Japanese version of the game on the system.
This leads many people in the gaming community to believe that there may be more Wii games with other languages contained on the discs that are only accessible through use of the Wii Freeloader.
Games not compatible with Freeloader
- Naruto Shippuuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX
- Ōkami US works on EU Wii through the Freeloader.
- Crayon Shin-Chan: Saikyou Kazoku Kasukabe King
- "World First Wii Freeloader Review - Over 22 games tried and tested". Vooks.net. 2008-03-16. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
- "Booting up the "Wiiloader", Japan Edition". Siliconera.com. 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-03-17.