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Datel FreeLoader (GameCube/Wii)

by Datel Direct Ltd
GameCube, Nintendo Wii
 Ages 7 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Launch and play import GameCube games
  • No need to modify your console--keeps your warranty intact
  • Play US and Japanese games on a PAL GameCube
  • Fast and easy to use
  • PAL- and NTSC-compatible TV required
  • If you intend to play Japanese games please see the Product Description below for important information regarding memory card data
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Game Information

  • Platform:    GameCube, Nintendo Wii
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00006FRD9
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1.5 cm ; 23 g
  • Release Date: 7 Feb. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,136 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 6 years. For use under adult supervision
  • Warning: To be used under the direct supervision of an adult

Product Description

Product Description

Play GameCube games from anywhere in the world using the FreeLoader, a GameCube-sized disc that lets you load and play import GameCube games without modifying your console (so your warranty is kept intact). It's fast and easy to use--just load the FreeLoader disc, then replace it with your chosen game when prompted. Important note for customers intending to use the Freeloader to play games imported from Japan: It's not possible to save both Japanese and UK/US game data on one memory card; if you try to use your existing memory card with Japanese games it will automatically be reformatted. Likewise, if you try to save UK/US game data onto a memory card which contains Japanese game data, the card will be reformatted. Therefore, if you intend to play Japanese games with your Freeloader, you should use separate memory cards for UK/US game data and Japanese game data, making sure you remove the other card from the console before play. If you do not intend to play Japanese games then you should not be affected, as there are no known issues regarding saving US and UK game data onto the same card.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Tired of having to wait months for games to get released in the UK? Angry that some games don't get released here at all? Datel's FreeLoader could be your gateway to import heaven. It looks like an ordinary GameCube disc but once you stick it in your machine you'll instantly be able to play any game from any country in the world. It allows you to play US and Japanese games on your UK GameCube without having to get your console "chipped" or make any physical changes to it whatsoever. You just pop the FreeLoader disc in, then replace it with the game you want to play at the prompt and you're away. What's more, if you were impatient enough to buy a US or Japanese GameCube then the FreeLoader will now enable you to play UK published games on your machine as well.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, there are a couple of catches, but they're only minor. Although all current games work with the disc there's the possibility that future ones won't. However, as long as you keep an eye on Datel's Web site you can find out about new versions of the disc to make sure you're as up-to-date as possible. Also, you'll need to use separate memory cards for Japanese and UK/US game data (see the product description below for more information). Oh, and you'll need at least a moderately new telly that can handle 60Hz and NTSC signals, but that really is it. Get FreeLoader and embrace the world of international gaming. --David Jenkins

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great product with a few minor issues. 5 Mar. 2003
I've had Freeloader for a few weeks now and I recommend it very much. Tired of waiting for the PAL release of Metroid Prime, RE:0 and Animal Crossing? Then wait no longer as this makes your gamecube completely region free.
If you have a PAL gamecube, then it will play American NTSC games no problem and at the speed the game was designed for (60hz). It is impossible for a PAL gamecube to output NTSC, but games will run at PAL 60. Therefore make sure your TV supports 60hz (NTSC compatible is not needed). Playing the NTSC games in PAL 60 is very sweet. Freeloader works flawless, with no slowdowns and displays games full screen.
The 2 page manual states a few ways for booting games, and says that almost every game should boot by just a straight swap of the disks. However, I found that nearly all my games needed a manual region select (by pressing Z button and selecting either the US, EU or JPN flags). However, thats just a small inconvience as the games run perfect once that is out of the way.
Another problem I've read about is if you have a imported JPN/US gamecube and want to play PAL games. Because PAL standard is 50hz, JPN/US gamecubes will output as NTSC 50 (does this even exist?). This results in most TV's displaying the game in black and white. There are two solutions, if the PAL game has a 60hz mode (hold B at bootup to activate) this should solve it. If the game doesn't have this then you will need to buy a modified RGB cable (the one for JPN/US, not the PAL one) which will then put it in full colour. Although these can be quite expensive...
Apart from these minor issues, Freeloader works great, and I'm happily playing many US games on my PAL gamecube... Now only a few weeks to wait for Zelda.... :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly great product, since you can play import games months in advance without "chipping" (and invalidating your warranty) like you would do with a Playstation 2. However, be careful when buying this product as earlier versions are ropey. I have had issues with F Zero GX and Soul Calibre 2 (both US). Yet if you email Datel support and send in your copy of the Freeloader (if its duff), you will get the latest release for free. Also JAP games WILL format your memory card, so have a dedicated memory card for games of this region. e.g. Winning Eleven etc..
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
... let me tell you, it was worth the wait!
It is so easy to use. All you do is put the FreeLoader disc into the disc tray. Turn on the Gamecube. In about 5 seconds it prompts you to swap the disc with the import disc, you close the disc tray and hey presto! It loads in a matter of seconds!
There is no picture, colour, or sound distortion at all.
It allows ANy region game, to be played on ANY Gamecube! i.e. US or JAP games on PAL Gamecubes, or PAL games on JAP or US Gamecubes! That means no more waiting for games to come out in your region.
One slight problem: PAL and US games can be saved on the same memory card BUT saving a JAPENESE game will wipe the data. So you will need one memory card for PAL and US games, and one for Japenese games.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb disc 20 May 2004
I absolutely love the Freeloader, its so simple to use and should work with nearly all US & Japanese games. I must admit I only own 1 US Gamecube game but I still wanted to get the Freeloader just incase a title should come along and not get released in Europe (Animal Crossing being a prime example of this, at least for now). There are a few issues with Japanese memory cards and with their incompatability with formatting them etc but the instructions clearly state how to go about doing this. This is by far the best and easiest device I've ever come across that lets you play foreign games without the hassle of having to re-wire anything or tweak the inside of your console. I remember in the early days with the N64's import players in which you had to do the odd tweaking eher & there which totally put me off. But thanks to this ingenious device theres no worry of your Gamecube screwing up in any way.
My only slight gripe is when you've finished playing your game & when you go back to switch your gamecube on you have to constantly keep changing discs everytime you do that. But for a disc thats so simple to use and can work on nearly all Gamecube games, I dont see it as a major bother when you look at it in the long run.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Works well until you upgrade the WII to the latest version of the firmware (version 3.0) when this version of freeloader will not work. BE WARNED
Apart from this, I have had NO problems with this on my WII running an NTSC version of Animal Crossing, it was worked 100% of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time to import cheap games! 24 Dec. 2012
By Vaughan
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Have you ever wanted to dig out your old GameCube and think to yourself about all those games you never got a chance to play? But when you look them up you find all the copies that'll play on your GameCube are really expensive? Good news! Now you can import cheap US copies and play them on your PAL region console!

The FreeLoader really is a retro gamer's dream come true. PAL region GC games are expensive, and some of them are pretty rare. A copy of Twilight Princess will set you back $60-$90. Metroid Prime will cost you $30. I felt really jealous of the US when I was looking around eBay for old GC games that I never got a chance to play. See, the US has a very well established retro video games industry that does very well buying and selling old games and classic consoles, Australia, sadly, does not. And I don't imagine the UK does either. As a result older video games within PAL region countries have been mostly snatched up by collectors who aren't going to part with their near mint copy of Zelda Windwaker without getting a large sum of money in exchange. Thankfully some clever people designed and made the FreeLoader!

I'm not entirely sure how it works, but I have theories, but I wont go into it here. All you need to know is this, it works easily and quickly on my GameCube, and from what I've seen it's almost completely compatible with all titles on the GC. I hear it has some problem running GC games on the Wii, but I believe that you can only play a GC title on the console itself, not a backwards compatible next gen console.

If you want to get some cheap US games to play, get one of these disks! You wont regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on Wii.
Got a PAL GameCube and want to play a Japanese or American import? Then get this you fool!

It doesn't work with the Wii, It's been fixed now. Bad times.
Published 12 days ago by Biggmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Very Quick. Thank You Very Much. Josh
Published 1 month ago by Joshua H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
spot on
Published 1 month ago by simon ingleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful, great tool.
Fantastic product if you need to play other region games on your PAL console without modifying it in anyway, very pleased with it.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Brooke
2.0 out of 5 stars Does it load up games from other regions? ..Nope it does not. (Not for...
Doesn't work, tried loading up Super Smash Bros Melee (NTSC) on my Gamecube (PAL) ..would not happen. I also attempted loading it up on my Wii (PAL) ..again it did not happen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared but it worked
I was a little nervous when I first ordered this Freeloader incase it didn't work or it was too much hassle to use every-time I played imported games, but thankfully it works fine... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell Deasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with item
Published 4 months ago by may walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Works okay with my Wii.
I like to import games as some are only aviable somewhere else than in the pal region or too expencive in it. This one fixes the problems. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nenna
3.0 out of 5 stars Damaged case :(
Product works, however the case was damaged so i'm not very pleased by that
Published 6 months ago by Carl-Johan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome product fits purpose expertly thanks
Published 7 months ago by Bassila
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