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    JP Wii owner Arnaud's Avatar
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    I live in Korea and own a Japanese Wii, to answer some of your questions :

    Regarding VC games : With a jap Wii you can buy japanese VC games from anywhere in the world and can even pay by credit card from your home. Only problem is the menus are in japanese, but the catalogue is bigger.

    1. It should work in the UK if you have a modern TV : most modern TVs can read PAL/SECAM/NTSCUS and NTSC/J (japanese norm) however you should check your TV manual to make sure it can display NTSC signal (some TVs don't, especially old ones)

    2. You can only play NTSC/J games with a japanese wii. At the moment that means japanese games in japanese only. However, with the launch of asian version wiis for Chinese new year (Mid feb 07), asian version games (compatible with japanese wii) will be released. Most of these games will feature english language.
    There are alerady quite a few asian version gamecube games that are in english and work with the japanese wii.

    3. Conversion kit will be needed only to play european/US games. They do not exist yet.

    4. The biggest differences will be :
    • You will be able to get the japanese/asian exclusive releases
    • You will have to import all your games (until a freeloader comes)
    • The Wii menu, weather and news channels will be in japanese only
    • Probably, online play will only be available with JP games owners (which is why I made a thread for JP wii owners to exchange wii codes)

    Hope that helps ! Don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Byuakuya
    yet again a better explanation than mine.
    My bad, I didn't see your post before I sent mine

    It's all good though, your avatar cures all ailments! Rukia ftw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotatoWedgie
    My bad, I didn't see your post before I sent mine

    It's all good though, your avatar cures all ailments! Rukia ftw!
    dont worry i wasnt trying to be rude. its a compliment.

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    JP Wii owner Arnaud's Avatar
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    If your pal's in China and it's a Chinese Wii (is there such a thing?), then it'd only play games released in China. However, I'm pretty sure it's a Japanese Wii, in which case it'd only play games released in Japan.
    Actually that is probably not true :
    The future Wii versions for China, HongKong, Taiwan and Korea will most likely be compatible with the JP Wii (basically it is a japanese Wii with localised interface).
    There is no such thing as a Chinese Wii at the moment but


    it should come this year. You can check this thread for more information :
    http://www.wiichat.com/nintendo-wii-...-speakers.html

    This is not a confirmed information but it has been the case for all consoles (from NES until Xbox360) of all brands, and was the case for the Gamecube. I don't see Nintendo changing that and making a China/Taiwan/HongKong specific version, and judging by their annoucements it won't be the case.
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    Yep, which is what I said

    If there was a Chinese Wii, it'd only play Chinese games. But it's probably a Japanese Wii.

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    No, a chinese Wii could play chinese as well as japanese games.
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    In the US version we can change the settings to English, Francais, or Espanol.
    1. Maybe the Chinese console would have English as an option?
    2. Would the power supply work in th UK?
    3. I switched to Espanol and although the core wii menus were in Spanish, all of the text within the game was English.
    4. Is it still that difficult to get one in the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnaud
    No, a chinese Wii could play chinese as well as japanese games.
    Ooooh, gotcha. Minor details

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnaud
    2. You can only play NTSC/J games with a japanese wii. At the moment that means japanese games in japanese only. However, with the launch of asian version wiis for Chinese new year (Mid feb 07), asian version games (compatible with japanese wii) will be released. Most of these games will feature english language.
    There are alerady quite a few asian version gamecube games that are in english and work with the japanese wii.
    interesting... didn't know about this. could you please point me to the right direction? i'd like to buy one of those "asian version gamecube games that are in english and work with the japanese wii". i just came back to gaming when Wii was released and i'd like to play some gc games while waiting for upcoming wii releases.

    thanks!!!

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    I will try to tell you as much as I can about these asian games…
    These are GC games tailored for the asian market : usually games released in US, made compatible to JP/Asian systems and repackaged with a manual in local language (Korean in Korea).
    That means that you will not find japan exclusive games in asian version : The “asian game” catalogue is usually a smaller version of the US catalogue.
    But they’re in English, and they’re compatible with my Japanese system, and that’s all I care about !

    After a quick look at the Internet, it looks like they are hard to come by on the net. This is probably due to the availibility of a freeloader for GC (who would care to buy an Asian version game in english when they can play the US version directly on their japanese GC thanks to their freeloader…).

    Anyway, I found Super mario sunshine here :
    http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-14-71-ge-49-en.html
    I am surprised there isn’t anymore because retailers in Korea have quite a few…

    Personally I just (yesterday) bought Zelda Windwalker, Super Smash Melee, Metroid Prime and Super Mario Sunshine second hand at 15-20 USD per piece (the korean won got really strong…).
    Although the manual is in Korean, the games are fully in english so it’s no problem. And they work very well with my japanese Wii…
    They had a few other titles available (like mario kart double dash, but too expensive…).
    Notably, titles that were not available in Asian version (only in JP or in US version) were Resident Evil and Final Fantasy. Now, I didn’t see them in the shop I went to, that does not mean they are not available at all.
    I am sorry that I cannot find any more asian version GC games on the Internet, but let me know if you do !
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