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NTSC Nintendo Wii from USA - Help required please

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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
I'm currently on holiday in Florida and having been in a couple of games shops, it's remarkable to see how cheap the gaming systems are here PS3 etc.

Here's where I am seeking help. The Nintendo Wii is around $250.00 - 125GBP ( aren't they around 200GBP in UK?) but this will obviously be on NTSC system and will not have 240 volt connectors.

There are travel plugs that you can buy in the US for converting to use in UK plug sockets - presumably if I got one of these it would work back at home?

Would the leads - scart be accepted into UK TV's?

I realise that the Wii would only play NTSC games and not PAL but they are cheap enough to buy here and through ebay.

My son currently has a modified PS2 that plays NTSC games - does this therefore mean that modified Wii games would also play on a Wii back home?

We are due to leave on Sasturday, so any help would be appreciated.
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #1
£179.99 in uk, can't mod a wii as yet either
1 Like #2
Hopefully Datel's Freeloader development for the Wii is going well and you may never need to mod your console :)
1 Like #3
I'd go for it if I was you - especially the Wii.

1. It's well cheaper.
2. The Virtual Console games are better on the NTSC Wii - ie. faster and no borders.
3. The Wii games are cheaper, even when importing.
4. Nintendo have shunned Europe in the past in terms of release date and prices (they were done for price fixing in the UK).

Go for it.

You will need a stepdown if you plan to use the USA plug. They are 10gbp on ebay. Or, you can just plug a UK Wii power adapter into your USA Wii and it will work fine - they are availabe for 20gbp from Nintendo.

The USA Wii won't output with a scart lead, you need to use Composite (what it comes with), S-Video or the best - component.
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I wouldn't bother if I were you. Here the nintendo wii is only £179.99 not £240. The nintendo wii is currently not modifiable. It may be in the future but nobody can say for definite. Even if it does become modifiable there's no telling how complicated and expensive it will be to get it done.

All of this is of course is without considering the expense and hassle of importing games from the USA and buying a transformer. Also if something goes wrong with it you won't be able to return it to the shop.

The pound is very strong against the dollar at the moment but that could change. For what you might save on the console price it's not worth it when you factor in everything else. All things considered in my opinion it's not worth it. Not by a long shot.
1 Like #5
TBH i wouldn't bother either not that much differance and does that include tax plus resale will be lower etc plus no garantee.When i go back i would probably look to buy a more portable console like a psp and ds bits as games are compatible
#6
Thanks for the advice.

Bought some DS games already as they are at least half the price of those in UK.

Considering buying a PSP, assume that I'll run into the same power issue on the mains though?

Wouldn't a USA - UK travel plug work for charging purposes on the PSP?

Would the car cigarette lighter charge work too?
#7
On the same subject, my aunt lives in canada, could she get cheaper ds games over there that would work here?
#8
yes ds games are fine lou
#9
Not sure if Canada is cheaper than the UK though mate. Worth checking though.
#10
thank you, worth a try!
#11
Ds games are not region specific and will play on your hand held console. Price wise, in the Uk, for example - Flushed Away costs around 25 - 29.00, in the USA it costs just over $28.00 including tax (about 14.00GBP).

There is also a far bigger choice of games.

I have bought a few pre ownwed games that even after my kids have played with them, I'll stand to get twice the amount back on ebay!
#12
yes i have just looked on walmart my sister brought back loads including cooking mama i like the look of hamsterz and the horse one great value can't wait to go back
#13
Andrewolu
I wouldn't bother if I were you. Here the nintendo wii is only £179.99 not £240. The nintendo wii is currently not modifiable. It may be in the future but nobody can say for definite. Even if it does become modifiable there's no telling how complicated and expensive it will be to get it done.

All of this is of course is without considering the expense and hassle of importing games from the USA and buying a transformer. Also if something goes wrong with it you won't be able to return it to the shop.

The pound is very strong against the dollar at the moment but that could change. For what you might save on the console price it's not worth it when you factor in everything else. All things considered in my opinion it's not worth it. Not by a long shot.


The only good point in that post is you can't return it to a shop.:oops:

Importing games from Canada is cheap and easy - and usually months in advance for a Nintendo console. The exhange rate will not fluctuate that much so a game costing 25bgp shipped from Canada now becomes anywere near the prices we pay here.

The stepdown is 10gbp, you can get them next day from ebay...and if you don't want to use a stpedown, you can get an offical Nintendo power cable direct from them and plug your usa Wii right into your wall socket.
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Hizz
Thanks for the advice.

Bought some DS games already as they are at least half the price of those in UK.

Considering buying a PSP, assume that I'll run into the same power issue on the mains though?



All you'll need to do is change the plug type. The PSP's power charger works everywhere...for example, I use the power cable that came with my old XBOX (I got 2 when they replaced them). I have a Jap PSP for the record.

You can pick one up very cheaply.

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