Attention to anyone interested in importing this top Nintendo Wii game:
Play-Asia have been contacting anyone who's used their site to order Japanese copies of Mario Kart Wii saying that the game is not compatible with the North American or European Freeloaders. Here is what's in the email: This is an important e-mail update regarding your pending preorder Mario Kart Wii (w/ Wii Handle) (Nintendo Wii Japan, NTSC J).
We received the first small delivery today for testing and unfortunately we have to inform you, that the game is not compatible with the Datel Freeloader (US and PAL Version). In case that this affects your preorder, please contact our customer service as soon as possible to amend/cancel your order, as otherwise we will ship your order within the next 48 hours. If you own a Japanese Wii and you do not want to change your orders, you do not have to reply to this email.
Once again thanks for shopping with us and sorry for the inconvenience caused.
Datel's Freeloader, which was only released last month to coincide with the North American release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl has sold immensely well, mainly down to SSBB's release. One can only play imported games on the Wii with the use of a Freeloader, that is without modifying your Wii.
What other games will you not be able to play with the freeloader?...your best bet is to stick to UK PAL!!
Mario Kart Wii is to be released in Europe this Friday, April the 11th.