Freeloader may not work with Japanese Mario Kart

Tuesday, 8th April 2008 15:54 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Play-Asia’s just put the following message to those with pre-orders for the Japanese version of Mario Kart Wii, according to GoNintendo:

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.

That’s a shame. Or not. Depends whether or not you’re Nintendo Europe, really.



  1. Chinster

    Flip me, didn’t take long for Ninty to sort out Datel.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Why would anyone order the Japanese version when the European version’s out in about ten minutes? :-D

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Chinster

    I ain’t getting it on any version. I’m a bit bored of it to be honest.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Because they’re 733t hardcore and can only play games in Japanese.

    *ties Japanese flag round head*

    #4 7 years ago
  5. patlike

    It doesn’t real appeal to me. And I’m too busy with Disgaea, to be honest.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Have you lot got a Peach fetish, btw?

    #6 7 years ago
  7. patlike

    I’ve used everything else. People need to take a leaf out of Rockstar’s book and release hundreds of art-quality shots per game. Just the VG247, specifically.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. TJ

    Nice of them to warn everyone, though.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. patlike

    They’re pretty good, Play-Asia, I reckon.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Zumi

    VG+ do the same.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. patlike

    I’m going to get Crisis Core through them, I think.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. Hero of Canton

    Play-Asia ARE ace, as are VG+. They’re my two importers of choice.

    In other news, Mario Kart Wii can seriously fuck off, the cheating piece of scum. Four blue shells on one lap? FOUR?

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Chinster

    Is it still doing the rubber banding and giving the enemy AI loads of blue shells when you’re in the lead?

    Some things never change.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. haowan

    never been good since the SNES

    #14 7 years ago
  15. Hero of Canton

    The rubber-banding is worse than ever. The racers are now so bunched up that a couple of hits from shells or whatever can see you plummet to tenth position or below. And some of the new items totally unbalance the game. The Bullet Bills which zoom you – or more often your opponents – from about ninth to around third place are among the worst offenders.

    My language has been absolutely shocking today. I’ve not played a game in a long time that’s made me swear this much.

    #15 7 years ago
  16. Tonka

    So blocking FreeLoader is ok but frying consoles with chips is out of bounds?

    #16 7 years ago
  17. grandmaster

    So, like GT5 Prologue is this another game that everyone says is brilliant but is actually… not?

    #17 7 years ago

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