Datel's Freeloader for Wii met its sad demise many moons ago. At the time, witnesses at the scene claim they saw Wii Menu Update 3.3 standing over the fallen bootdisk, a bloodied machete in hand. But is there a chance we could see a newer version, allowing us to get back to playing imported titles months early? Er, no, actually.

N-Europe reader 'ThePigMarcher' took a break from parading porkers to contact Datel and ask what was happening on the Freeloader front. And, if the past was grim, the future isn't exactly glowing. "At this early stage," replied Datel, "we are not sure when, if ever, we will be able to release a new version of Freeloader that will run on consoles that have been updated with the version 3.3 firmware." Oh well. The dream looks to be over, but it was fun while it lasted, right?

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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