Buy Japanese WiiWare games with a U.S. Wii

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Mar 7, 2009
  1. Knocks
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    Is this possible?
     
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    It used to be, but the update stopped it from being possible, so don't change your Wii region to jap
     
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    What if you downgrade?
     
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    It's an update to the shop, so it won't make a difference
     
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    You can still do this with the new shop channel. I'm running 3.2u with the shop channel update and it worked fine for the japanese tv channel. You can use any region changer to change the shop channel, but this will format your shop channel account and you will loose anything you have already downloaded. You would have to dump your nand and extract the wads to keep any wiiware or vc titles that you have already download. You also have to have the region free channel hack enabled with either preloader or starfall, so i guess you really have to be on 3.2 for this to work. If you don;t have the region free hacks installed you can still download the japanese titles, but they won't work. Lastly if you switch your shop channel back to usa you will again have to format your wii shop account loosing all the fun japanese stuff that just bought, unless you dump your nand again. I left my shop channel japanese since i don't use it very often and just wanted to play around with the tv channel. Not sure if there is any issues with buying japanese wii points. i've only messed around with the free japanese channels. Hope this helps.
     
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    That's very helpful, thank you. I've never bought anything from the U.S. store (other than downloading the worthless Opera channel), so I have nothing to lose. I just want to play Mr. Driller since there is no US/PAL date announced, and the "sceners" almost never dump good Japanese WiiWare games, at least not on the trackers I've seen.

    If I have to switch the Shop channel back to U.S. in the future, I'll just rip my purchases to wads--I guess that means the license will be lost, but who cares as long as the content is backed up on my hard drive. There are tons of great Japanese WiiWare games, and I want to play them!
     
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    yeah i haven't seen much good japanese stuff floating around either. and the opera browser was the only thing i had gotten from the shop channel too. It's a horrible browser and i had no problems with loosing it when i switched over the shop channel.
     

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