The Gamecube utilized a regional lockout protection which was governed by the IPL ROM (Gamecube "BIOS") to prevent the console from playing out-of-region titles(imports).
Since the hardware is mostly 100% identical across all regions (apart from NTSC/PAL hardware differences for video output), several universal methods exist which can bypass the lockout protection. These methods include:
- Region Switch - NTSC-U & NTSC-J only hardware mod to allow NTSC-U models to play Japanese titles, or vice versa.
- Freeloader - Bootdisc based solution for original titles without modifying the Gamecube.
- Modchip - Hardware based solution installed to the Gamecube.
- Homebrew - Particularly Swiss, this will allow imports from all regions to be played.
|Gamecube Regions||Region Lock Bypass Methods|
( USA )
| Region Switch for NTSC-J |
( Japan )
| Region Switch for NTSC-U |
( Europe & Australia )
| Freeloader |