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Wii - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers 6.0 (Read Before Posting)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of contents (count)
-What’s a “Wii”?
-Why call it “Wii”?
-What do I get when I buy it?
-What are the system specifications?
-What are the exact dimensions of the Wii?
-How do I save games?
-What kind of SD cards can I use with the Wii?
-What’s the maximum size SD card I can use?
-What about external hard drives?
General information (cont.)
-Can the Wii play DVD movies?
-How much will Wii accessories/games cost?
-What’s a “component cable”?
-Can I use the GC/SNES/N64 component/RF cable instead of having to buy the Wiis?
-Does the Wii display in HD?
-Will there be parental controls?
-What’s up with that blue light I’ve seen?
-Can the Wii be stood vertical/horizontal?
-How do I load the discs?
-How do you turn the Wii completely off?
-Why does my Wii get hot when its not on?
General problem solving
-Weird lines/dots on screen
-Lights on Wii Remotes don’t come on/flash when a button is pressed
-Power light on the Wii changes colors (Red/Yellow/Green)
-Disk slot glows blue/flashes irregularly
General problem solving (cont.)
-Channels/Games wont load, screen fades black and Wii Remote turns off
-Pointer jumps around the screen
-Pointer isn’t aiming exactly where you are pointing
-Pointer works, but swings don’t register
-Sending Wii messages to email accounts and vise-versa
-You spelt nunchuck/nunchaku wrong!
-How does the Wii Remote work?
-Can the Nunckuk do all of that too?
-Sensor bar? What’s that?
-Can I place the sensor bar__?
-How long is the cord for the sensor bar?
-I heard you can use candles in place of the sensor bar....
-Do I need a special TV to play the Wii?
-How long is the cord between the Wii Remote and the Nunckuk?
Wii Remote/Nunckuk (cont.)
-Does the Wii Remote/Nunckuk have rumble?
-What’s this I hear about a speaker?
-How do you adjust the volume on the Wii Remote’s speaker?
-Can I hold the Wii Remote in my left hand?
-What powers the Wii Remote/Nunckuk?
- Wii Zapper (light gun shell)
--Can the Wii play Gamecube games?
--How can it play Gamecube games?
--Where do I insert the disc?
--What about controllers?
--Can I use the Classic Controller for Gamecube Games?
--What about my old game saves?
--Can I save Gamecube games to the Wii’s internal memory/an SD card?
--Can the Wii use the GBA player?
--Can it use the Gamecube/GBA connector cable?
--Can I play online-enabled Gamecube games online mode with the Wii?
--After playing a Gamecube game, can how do you get back to the Wii Menu?
--Will my Gamecube Action Replay/Gameshark work with the Wii?
Backwards compatibility (cont.)
--What’s a “Virtual console”?
--What systems can I download games from?
--what are “Wii points”?
--Can I use points cards from other countries?
--Wait, wont the internal memory fill up fast?
--How many games can I store on the Wii?
--What happens if I accidentally delete a game/my system breaks?
--So does this mean they could add online play/bonus features to some games?
--What’s that button for at the top of the controller?
Backwards compatibility (cont.)
-Virtual console (cont.)
--Is X controller compatible with X game?
--How do you save VC games?
--When will new games be released?
--What games are coming out next?
--GameFAQs could really use a Virtual Console board...
-How do I get the Wii online?
-Can the Wii get a virus?
-Does the Wii have online play?
-What’s a friend code?
-Where can I find my friend code?
-Can I browse the Internet?
-What’s this “wiiconnect24”?
-What’s a “Wii channel”?
-How many channels are there?
-Is there a music channel?
-So, does that mean custom sound tracks?
-What about a video channel?
-How do I delete images off the message board?
-Can I use the USB ports to....
-I have a strange channel called “???”...
Wii Channels (cont.)
-The different channels.
Wii channels (cont.) (Miis)
-Check Mii Out Channel
-Wait, what’s a “Mii”?
-Where can I get this channel?
-What can the opera web browser do?
-List of Wii compatible sites
-Can I play games?
-What about watching movies like Youtube?
-How do I type?
-Can I use a mouse?
-When will Nintendo update the Flash player?
My Nintendo Channel
-What is the My Nintendo Channel?
-When is it coming out?
-Can the Wii play games from other regions?
-Will another regions Wii Remote work with my Wii?
-What about freeloader mods?
-What do I need to play a Wii from X country in X country?
RightSaidFred’s Game Save FAQ
pokemaster252 WiFi FAQ
Foxarwing42 HDTV FAQ
--------------- General information ---------------
The Wiis packaging box
The SD card slot
The back of the Wii
Top of the Wii (Gamecube ports)
What’s a “Wii”?
The Wii (pronounced “we”) is Nintendo’s 7th generation (2006) video gaming console. It was previously codenamed “revolution.” The name was changed to Wii on April 27th 2006.
Why call it “Wii”?
Quote: “Wii sounds like 'we', which emphasizes that the console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii.”
United States USD $249.99
Canada CAD $279.95
Japan JP ¥25,000
United Kingdom GB £179
What do I get when I buy it?
1 Wii Remote
Wii Sports Game
2 AA batteries
Composite (red/white/yellow) cables
512MB internal flash memory
What are the system specifications?
512MBs internal flash memory
Built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capability
One SD memory card bay
AV multi-port: S-video, composite, component Analog (left/right) audio / DPLII
Four GameCube controller ports
Two GameCube Memory Pak slots
Two USB 2.0 ports
Compatible with up to four wireless Wii-motes
Self-loading media drive
Accepts 12cm Wii and 8cm GCN discs
Specs. that are often mistaken as fact:
729 MHz IBM PowerPC "Broadway" CPU
243 MHz ATI "Hollywood" GPU
24MBs "main" 1T-SRAM
64MBs other 1T-SRAM
3MBs texture memory on GPU
The last set are mere rumors. Nintendo has not disclosed the exact system specs yet. They simply leave it at: “About 2x more powerful then the Gamecube,” which would make it about 1.5 times more powerful then the original Xbox.
What are the exact dimensions of the Wii?
157mm x 215.4mm x 44mm. The size comparison chart above is outdated, but very close. I used it mainly as a rough comparison to the 360/PS3/GC/PS2/Xbox.
How do I save games?
As listed above, the Wii comes with 512 MB internal flash memory which functions like a hard drive. It will be used for game saves, VC downloads, and just about anything else.
If you need more space, you can expand the memory via SD cards.
What kind of SD cards can I use with the Wii?
Standard SD cards, MiniSD cards, and MicroSD cards. You do NOT need the Nintendo brand SD cards.
Memory Sticks (like the PSP uses) or any other form of flash memory will not work.
What’s the maximum size SD card I can use?
A variety of sizes has been reported to work, up to and including 8gig. if you want to be safe, I know 2gig and below work fine.
What about external hard drives?
Not at this time. Nintendo has said the USB ports cannot be used for external hard drives. This could change via a firmware update through wiiconnect24 though.
Can the Wii play DVD movies?
No. The Wii does not feature DVD playback.
How much will Wii accessories/games cost?
Wii Remote $39.99
Classic controller $19.99
Component cables $29.99
First party games $49.99 or less
Wii Remote $44.99
Classic controller $24.99
Component cables $34.99
First party games $54.99
Wii Remote £29.99
Classic controller £14.99
First party games £44.99
Wii remote $69.95
Classic controller $29.95
Component cables $59.95
First party games $99.95 - $109.95
Wii Remote ¥3800
Classic controller ¥1800
First party games ¥6800
What’s a “component cable”?
Red/blue/green/white/red, as opposed to red/white/yellow. Component cables allow the Wii to display in 480p, which is vital if you have an HDTV. Without component cables, the Wii will look terrible on an HDTV.
If you don’t have an HDTV though, you don’t need to worry about component cables. However, if your TV has component input (look for Red/blue/green colored holes), component cables will give you a slightly better picture.
Can I use the GC/SNES/N64 component/RF cable instead of having to buy the Wiis?
No. The Wii has a different AV port then all other Nintendo consoles.
Does the Wii display in HD?
No. The Wiis maximum resolution is 480p. Which is EDTV (Enhanced Definition).
Will there be parental controls?
Yes. In the Wii channels interface, you can select what rating of games can be played on that system.
What’s up with that blue light I’ve seen?
Taken from nintendo.com:
The Disc slot light illuminates briefly when:
The Wii console is turned on
A Game Disc is inserted
WiiConnect 24 has received new data, such as messages, and you have selected "Bright" or "Dim" in the "Slot Illumination" settings for WiiConnect24. The light will blink until the Wii Console is turned on.
The Disc slot light does not stay illuminated during game play or using other features of the Wii console.
With a recent update, the blue light will stay on even when the Wii is on, and will stay on until you check the new message.
Can the Wii be stood vertical/horizontal?
Either or. The Wii comes with a stand to set it up vertically, or you can choose to lay it horizontal.
How do I load the discs?
It’s exactly like a car CD player. You put the disc part-way in the slot and the drive will grab it and pull it in. If you have the Wii standing vertical, the label on the CD should face to the right. If you have it sitting horizontal, the label on the disc should face up.
How do you turn the Wii completely off?
Either turn WiiConnect24 off in the options menu, or press and hold the power button until the light turns red.
Why does my Wii get hot when its not on?
If you have Wiiconnect24 on, the Wii can get warm because the WiFi chip is still running, but the cooling fan isn’t.
It rarely gets hot enough to break the Wii. If you don’t feel comfortable with it getting warm, you can turn Wiiconnect24 off in the options menu (refer to your operations manual).
--------------- General problem solving ---------------
Error codes is the Wii’s way of telling you what’s wrong with it. Most error codes pertain to online functions, which is why its in this section. Error codes vary greatly; and it would be almost impossible to list them all here, not even Nintendos site lists them all. Instead, here is a web site that does:
Power light on the Wii changes colors (Red/Yellow/Green)
Red light: Wii is off, Wiiconnect24 is off.
Yellow light: Wii is off, Wiiconnect24 is on.
Green light: Wii is on.
Lights on Wii Remotes don’t come on/flash when a button is pressed
If you have a Wii Remote that was synced and working, but now only the LED lights flash and then go off, or a new Wii Remote that has never been used, try the following:
1. Turn the Wii console on and wait until the "Health & Safety" screen appears (don't press A).
2. Open the SD Card slot cover on the front of the Wii console, just below the disc drive, and press and hold the red SYNC button for 15 seconds. This will clear all synced Wii Remotes from the console.
3. Resync the Wii Remote by removing the battery cover and pressing the red "SYNC" button. Do this for all Wii Remotes you wish to use, and test for proper response.
4. If the steps above do not work, remove the batteries of the Wii Remote and leave them out for at least 2 or 3 minutes. Reinsert the batteries and sync the Wii Remote again. Test for proper response.
If after removing the batteries for several minutes, and resyncing the Wii Remote, your still unable to get the Wii Remotes to work, try syncing another Wii Remote if available.
* If another Wii Remote works, then your previous Wii Remote will need to be repaired. Please click here for repair options.
* If multiple Wii Remotes do not work, or you only have one Wii Remote, a repair of the Wii console is necessary. Please click here for repair options (In order to ensure the problem is resolved quickly and correctly, please be sure to send in your Wii console, Wii Remote(s), and Sensor Bar).
Also try: Unpluging the Wii for a few minutes, then plug it back in, then turn it on using the Wii Remote
Weird lines/dots on screen
This happens sometimes. If you’re playing a Wii game, sadly, it means you’ve fried your GPU. There isn’t a fix, but if you call Nintendo, you can send your Wii in to get a replacement and they should be able to transfer your VC games and gamesaves over to the new Wii.
Disk slot glows blue/flashes irregularly
You’ve got mail. Seriously, the blue light means you have a new message in the Wii Message Board. The irregular pulsing is part of the firmware update 3.0 and is completely normal. Sadly, you cant change it back to it’s old fading effect.
Channels/Games wont load, screen fades black and Wii Remote turns off
I’m not sure what causes this, but it seems to happen whenever the Wii is left off and unused (or unplugged) for prolonged periods. Basic fixes:
1) let it sit at the black screen for a few minutes to see if it loads.
2) if not, hold down the power button, turn it back on, let it sit at the Wii menu for a bit, then try to reload the channel.
3) if you’ve done the above a couple times and it still doesn’t work, unplug it for 10 minutes or so, then try again.
Pointer jumps around the screen
Check for any sort of IR interference. Windows, heaters, certain types of lights. Basically turn off anything that could be emitting anything, and try again.
Next, try sitting closer/farther away from the screen.
Finally, you can check your sensitivity options in the Wii Options menu. Some games also have their own calibration settings you can change that may help.
Pointer isn’t aiming exactly where you are pointing
This is because you aren’t pointing at the screen, you’re pointing at the sensor bar. Because the sensor bar has to guess at the size of your screen, it wont always be able to line your cursor up exactly where you are actually pointing. Your distance from the screen can also greatly effect the accuracy.
Pointer works, but swings don’t register
Your accelerometer is stuck. Turn the Wii Remote over and hit it on the back a few times, hard. If that doesn’t work, call Nintendo.
Sending Wii messages to email accounts and vise-versa
Go into your address book, register a new friend, and tell it that it’s a PC/mobile phone. Type in the email address. It will send a confirmation message to the email account. Check your email (it might take a while) and follow the instructions in the email (I think alls you have to do is respond to the email or something).
--------------- Wii Remote/Nunckuk ---------------
You spelt nunchuck/nunchaku wrong!
Apparently its easier to copyright “Nunckuk” then “nunchuck” / “nunchaku”
How does the Wii Remote work?
The Wii Remote has two motion sensing technologies in it.
First off, it has 3 accelerometers. A quote from a developer:
"When you wave around the new Nintendo controller, two tiny, flat pieces of silicon inside it, each weighing about a millionth of a gram, flex against silicon springs that hold them in place," he said. "The movements are minute, or to put it another way, they are on the scale of 10 to 100 hydrogen atoms stacked side by side. But these tiny movements can be measured with incredible accuracy."
He continued, "A charge is applied between the moving pieces of silicon and two nearby sensors. Faint fluctuations in that charge, as small as that of 10 electrons, are picked up by a chip that translates it into an understanding of how the controller is moving.
"The two moving weights, which fit together on an area less than a millimetre square, have different roles. One has two sets of springs, which allow it to move from side to side and back and forth. The other weight is a flat piece anchored almost like a trampoline. It senses vertical movement. This way, the chip can distinguish motion in all three dimensions of space."
The next is an IR sensor. The IR sensor interfaces with the sensor bar (which emits IR light) to track its position in 3-D space, relative to the sensor bar. This allows the Wii Remote to function as a pointer.
Can the Nunckuk do all of that too?
Not all of it. The Nunckuk only has the three accelerometers.
Sensor bar? What’s that?
As said, it allows the Wii Remote to function as a pointer. Its about the size of a pencil and plugs into the back of the Wii.
The Sensor bar does not actually “sense” anything. It actually sends out a field of IR light for the Wii Remote to find.
It accomplishes this via eight Infrared lights (four on each side).
Can I place the sensor bar__?
The sensor bar can only be place above or below the TV. It also has to be able to “see” the Wii Remote, so make sure nothings blocking it.
How long is the cord for the sensor bar?
The sensor cord is about 10 feet long.
I heard you can use candles in place of the sensor bar....
This is true. This is because all the sensor bar is is two contrasting sources of IR light. You can use an large source of IR light as a sensor bar, such as an open window, or even a space heater. The sensor bar is still better at this job, as it is actually designed to be used with the Wii Remote.
Do I need a special TV to play the Wii?
No. Any TV will work. This is because the Wii Remote interfaces with the sensor bar, not your TV. Think of the sensor bar as a mouse pad and the Wii Remote as a mouse.
How long is the cord between the Wii Remote and the Nunckuk?
About three feet.
Does the Wii Remote/Nunckuk have rumble?
The Wii Remote does, but not the Nunckuk
What’s this I hear about a speaker?
The Wii Remote has a speaker in the Remote itself. This is to add and enhanced level of immersion.
Example: in the legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess when you draw your bow, you can hear the draw string being pulled back through the Remotes speaker. Once you let go of the arrow, the sound of the arrow flying slowly fades from the Wii Remote and into the TV.
How do you adjust the volume on the Wii Remote’s speaker?
Press the home button, then Remote settings, you can change the volume and rumble from there.
Can I hold the Wii Remote in my left hand?
Yes. Taken form Nintendo’s web site:
Because the Wii Remote and Nunckuk controllers are only relatively dependent on each other, players are free to hold them in whichever hand is most comfortable. The ambidextrous nature of the Wii controllers grants accessibility seldom seen in game controllers.
What powers the Wii Remote/Nunckuk?
The Wii Remote is powered by 2 AA alkaline batteries. The Nunckuk attaches to the Wii Remote and “leaches” power from its batteries. If you want to use rechargeable batteries, it is recommended you use NiMh (nickel metal hydroxide).
Wii Zapper (light gun shell)
(pictured above). The Wii Zapper is nothing more then a shell that the Wii Remote and Nunchuk slid into. It provides easy access to the Z, C, and B (trigger) buttons, as well as the joy stick. You can also use the nunchuk outside the shell if the game requires. It also comes packaged with Links Crossbow Training. Some prefer to use third-party gun shells, however.
How do I turn the Remote off?
If you press an hold the power button to turn off the console, the Remote will turn off with it.
Alternately, just sit the Remote down and don’t touch it for a few minutes.
--------------- Backwards compatibility ---------------
----- Gamecube games -----
Can the Wii play Gamecube games?
Yes. All Nintendo Gamecube games can be played on the Wii.
How can it play Gamecube games?
The Wii has very similar architecture to the Gamecube, so similar that it can play Gamecube games with out the need for additional software. This makes it much more reliable then software emulation like the 360 has.
Where do I insert the disc?
Same place you put Wii game discs.
What about controllers?
You can only use Gamecube controllers for Gamecube games.
Can I use the Classic Controller for Gamecube Games?
What about my old game saves?
The Wii has two Gamecube memory card ports right beside the controller ports. Thus, you don’t have to restart any of your games.
Can I save Gamecube games to the Wii’s internal memory/an SD card?
No. This is not a hardware issue though, it’s a software problem. Gamecube games only know of two places that they can save games to: slot A and slot B. Thus, they don’t know how to save to internal memory or SD cards.
Can the Wii use the GBA player?
Can it use the Gamecube/GBA connector cable?
Can I play online-enabled Gamecube games online mode with the Wii?
No. For some reason, Gamecube games cannot connect to the internet via Wiis online.
After playing a Gamecube game, can how do you get back to the Wii Menu?
You cant. You have to press the power button on the Wii console, then turn it back on.
Will my Gamecube Action Replay/Gameshark work with the Wii?
Not if you have Firmware 3.0 or higher. You can check your firmware by going into the Wii System Settings menu. Right beside the header you should see “Ver. #.#” (followed by a letter representing region).
----- Virtual console -----
What’s a “Virtual console”?
The virtual console is an online store that you can buy and download old games from.
What systems can I download games from?
NES, SNES, N64, TurboGrafx 16, and SEGA Genesis for now, more could be added at a later date. TurboGrafx CD and MSX games are also confirmed, though no games from these systems have made it outside Japans VC yet.
NES = 500 Wii points
SNES = 800
N64 = 1000
SEGA Genesis = 800
TurboGrafx 16 = 600
TurboGrafx CD = 800
MSX = 700
Neo Geo = 900
These are base prices and will fluctuate from game to game.
What are “Wii points”?
Its Nintendo’s online currency. Basically, 1 Wii point = $0.01. Wii points can be purchased in a “gift card” form from most stores.
Can I use points cards from other countries?
No. Wii points are region locked.
Wait, wont the internal memory fill up fast?
NES = 200 KB or right around there
SNES = 1-2MB
N64 = 8MB, most were 16MB, a few were 32MB.
The Wii has 512MB internal memory, that’s a lot of games, especially with the enhanced compression we have today.
There is also an ongoing series of topics tracking VC game sizes on the Virtual Console board:
How many games can I store on the Wii?
Every time you download a game it becomes it own channel. There can be a total of 41 VC games can be stored at any one time. If you want to download a new game, but all the channels are full, you can delete a game and re-download it later at no extra cost.
What happens if I accidentally delete a game/my system breaks?
Your games are tied to an online account that keeps track of what games you have purchased. If you accidentally delete a game, your system breaks, or you simply want to free up some space, you can re-download the game at no extra cost.
So does this mean the could add online play/bonus features to some games?
They could, and might in the future. But the first wave of VC games will be direct ports. So if the original game didn’t have online, the VC version wont. If the original game didn’t have a save function, the VC version wont.
(pictured above) The classic controller can play all VC games. It plugs into the Wii Remote, so it doesn’t need batteries.
What’s that button for at the top of the controller?
It releases two clips in the holes on the back of the controller. This may be used for future attachments.