Wii PAL and NTSC Region Guide

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The difference between PAL and NTSC region codes and what you need to know.

When you're shopping on eBay sometimes you might find yourself looking at a console or a game from an international seller. Buying from overseas is a great way to get games cheaper than usual but the problem can be that the game you're buying might be programmed to run on a different region. Can you imagine buying a game from overseas and waiting a week or so, then it finally arrives and you can't even play it?

It would be pretty annoying for you I'm sure. So this is why it's really important to make sure you check what region your game is before buying. I'm not sure why they have separate regions but that's how it was done.

The technical difference between PAL and NTSC is this:

PAL runs at 50 hertz and NTSC runs at 60 hertz.

I've done a lot of research on the differences but it get's really complicated and boring from here, so i'll just explain it briefly. 1 hertz means it refreshes once per second. So does that mean that bigger is better? Well PAL and NTSC have their pro's and cons but these days it doesn't really matter. The different regions are just used to release one version of a game in a particular market compared to another.

PAL is for the following markets:

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • South America
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Most of Western Europe

NTSC is for the following markets:

  • Americas
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Burma
  • Some Pacific island nations

So what do you do if you want to buy games from eBay but your are not sure whether they will work or not? Well what I normally do is just look on the front of the Wii game case of games that I already own. In the bottom right hand corner it will have the region and the Nintendo logo next to it.

You can also check on the Wii console box. This is another great way to check, but if you've got games that you're already playing why not just check there first?

Don't Forget This Important Tip!

The important thing to remember when buying games from eBay or any other online store that could be selling international games is to check what region they are first. Most auctions have PAL or NTSC in the title, but if they don't just ask the seller a question through e-bay to find out.

Hackers have found ways to get around region locks, but eBay is strict on piracy so I cannot reveal anything here. If you're interested in learning about making your Wii region free, start researching "Homebrew" on google. I'm  not talking about beer here either ;)

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