Freeloader fails Mario Kart Wii fans

Basically, it doesn't work

Cancel your import orders, Americans. That that Freeloader disc you invested in, probably purely for some early Mario Kart Wii action, will let you down when the racer hits shelves this week.

It has emerged that Datel's import-enabling disc is completely incompatible with the Japanese version of Nintendo's flagship racer.

This unfortunate news comes from import retailer Play-Asia (via Nineinchsandwich), who has sent a warning message to everyone who pre-ordered the game. It reads:
"This is an important email update regarding your pending preorder of Mario Kart Wii (w/ Wii Handle) (Nintendo Wii Japan, NTSC J).
"We received the first small delivery today for testing and unfortunately we have to inform you, that the game is not compatible with the Datel Freeloader (US and PAL Version)."

The game is out in UK and Japan this week, while the US release follows on April 27.

Although it is yet to be confirmed, we suspect this is the intentional work of Nintendo, which has never been a fan of importing.

There doesn't appear to be any mention of the problem on the Datel or Code Junkies sites, and it is unconfirmed whether or not the Euro version of Mario Kart Wii is compatible.

We seem to remember it being said that, should Nintendo take action to prevent the Freeloader working it magic, Datel would, after having worked out a fix, send replacement discs to all purchasers.

Time to get on the blower, we think...