Why PAL and NTSC difference?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Rice923, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Rice923

    Rice923 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 7, 2008
    United States
    I was wondering why Nintendo came up with PAL, NTSC U and NTSC J versions of their games. Is there some kind of major differences between them? Also, I noticed that many people who have an NTSC U Wii are downloading the PAL Mario Kart, and some are having issues playing it. What advantage does PAL have over NTSC? Is it simply because Mario Kart came out in PAL first?

    Sorry if this is some ridiculous question, but it was bothering me and I wanted to know [​IMG]
  2. lagman

    lagman I wish I was green.

    Former Staff
    Nov 5, 2003
    Me, To You
    Well, PAL and NTSC are PAL the encoding systems used in different places of the world -Europe and Brazil PAL- -Pretty much anywhere else NTSC-

    And yes, it's because Mario Kart Wii was released -and dumped- first in Europe, and we are all desperate to play it.
  3. Jaejae

    Jaejae Superfly Don't Used

    Sep 23, 2007
    New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Also PAL here in NZ/Aus.
    Just different encoding systems, no technological advantage to either of them AFAIK.
  4. hanman

    hanman I'm a pretty lucky guy

    Nov 27, 2005
    United States
    Galbadia Garden
    NTSC is 60Hz....PAL is 50Hz. PAL has a slightly higher vertical resolution, too, i believe.

    the reason, if memory serves, is that in PAL territories, their AC power is 50Hz, so they needed a 50Hz television system. NTSC territories use 60Hz AC power.