Moving to Germany

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  1. jowan
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    jowan GBAtemp Regular

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    Ok here's the thing, I have an american Wii U (120V) and I'm moving to Germany (220V), has anyone taken a american Wii U to Europe? Do they work? I know the games won't work, I'm not so noobish.
    Thanks :D
     
  2. Slartibartfast42

    Slartibartfast42 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    It basically says right on the power brick, that it need 120V input. Some are universal, but the Wii U isn't. You will need either a voltage convertor, or a 220V Wii U power brick. The later is cheaper of course.
     
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    Ok thanks
     
  4. pwsincd

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    Why wont the games work ?
     
  5. turbotronic

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    region-lock... sadly.
     
  6. Arm73

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    I don't know about a Wii U, but I successfully brought my PS2 (back in the day ) and Wii from the States, and get them to work in Europe just fine.
    With the PS2 it was a little complicated , because back in the day , with CRT TVs, you had a different standard for color transmission, and it was called PAL ( for Europe ) or NTSC ( for North America ).
    Both where not compatible, but if you could get an SCART RGB cable ( quite expensive ) for the PS2, then most modern CRT Tvs ( capable of 60hz display) could work flawlessly with it.

    With the advent of LCD TVs, which are all 60hz no matter in which region you are, then an American Wii console would work just fine with it , regardless of the location.
    The only think you need to worry about is the power supply.
    In fact, I bought a generic 110v to 220v power converter, and it was working just fine with my Wii ( with a bit of overheating never the less ).
    But in the end, I decided to steal my nephew Europen Wii AC adapter( but you could buy an universal one for cheap ), and use it with my NTSC Wii console, and it worked just fine, saving me all the hassle of an external adapter and overheating problems.

    Also NTSC Wii games work just fine on my NTSC Wii console with an European AC adapter and component cables to an LCD TV.

    I never tried PAL games on my console anyway, not sure about the Wii U either.
     
  7. Slartibartfast42

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    Sure, he can continue to play NTSC games over there. With the LCD TV's that is no longer the problem. The problem is that when new games come out, the local shops will have the European Region Locked , PAL, games. He can't take advantage of local game sales. He will have to import the games from the US and they will be much more expensive that way. The companies willing to ship internationally won't have the best prices. Then there is the international shipping. Then there is the extra taxes. Then there is the currency conversion fees.

    Depending on how many more games he plans on buying in the future, and how long he plans on staying in Europe, he might be better off just buying a 2nd Wii U in Europe. Get one used, save some money. If you are just going to Europe for 3 months and only want to play the games you already have, sure take it to Europe. But if you plan on staying in Europe for the next 5 years, and purchase another 20 games, then you should get a European Wii U for the new games, and maybe keep the American for the ones he already has.
     
  8. pwsincd

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    right your reffering to future games he buys and not what he already owns.. ..
     
  9. trigger_ftu

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    Actually. I know this is an old topic. I moved out to Germany myself and I can confirm that the power brick by default can take 110v-220v. It doesn't say on the brick but it will work. All I am using for my wiiu a us to EU power plug directly. Out of curiosity where about in Germany u going? K-town? Ramstein village? Just thought I'd ask.
     
  10. Bobbybangin

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    I'm moving to Australia and was wondering the same thing. I have about 18 different consoles ranging from the Nintendo all the way through the Wii U. They're all American consoles. I was wondering which ones worked and what not. And if I'll need to bring an America TV for my old school consoles? I'll convert a whole room to American outlets if need be.
     
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    Sorry, we havve 230V. 220V is very old.
     
  12. FoulPlay

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    I posted a thread enquiring about something similar, actually...

    When you get to Germany, or if someone moves to Aus' with a NTSC wii, try use the eShop there and tell me if you can still access the American store. I'm unaware if Nintendo use the store via IP or if they just do it via system type. (NTSC, KOR, EUR, JAP)

    I'm considering buying an NTSC-U wiiu, so all would be appreciated in terms of response on this matter.

    Thanks.




    They'll work fine if you get a power converter or a PAL power supply for each of them. You will have a hard time finding a CRT that supports 60hz, but all HD TV's will support it here. 60hz CRT's are somewhat rare, I guess, even though they shouldn't be since they were mass produced in the early 2000's
     
  13. trigger_ftu

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    Out let's should work fine. As long as your TV is an HDTV it should work fine, provided it isn't one of the crazy 21:9 TV's I seen at the promarkt a few years back.
     
  14. raffaaa

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    Posted a Question about the power brick and for me is the oposite! from 220 to 110! and all goes well here too!

    In A Europe wiiu what country has the best eshop?

    thanks
     
  15. EzekielRage

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    Germany. I am from Austria and have a german eSHop, thanks to club Nintendo, really. The eSHop releases are the same in all of europe BUT the club Nintendo of germany has some very cool extras and good service :)
     
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    That would work, but the nazis will get you and turn you into brunsweigger. (witch is delicious btw, prob even more so in germany)
     
  17. trigger_ftu

    trigger_ftu The FantomPhox

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    I would say the USA shop is better. There are no restrictions on content.