Adventures in Freeloading

Jeff Gertsmann writes:

"The Wii Freeloader is a GameCube-sized disc put out by the fine folks at Datel, which is the same company responsible for all those great old cheat devices, like the Action Replay. It's designed as a boot disc for import games, meaning you can put in the Freeloader disc, it loads (complete with crazy screen effects), and then presents you with the Wii's main menu. You pop out the Freeloader disc, pop in a European or Japanese Wii game–which normally wouldn't run on your North American Wii thanks to region lockouts–and it automagically loads as if you were playing it on the console it was originally encoded for. Sounds easy, right?

Well, my first experience with the Freeloader was pretty negative..."

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