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    Default Wii's Beginner Guide

    Wii News and Updates
    25th April 2011 - Wii's successor confirmed - details at E3
    21st/22nd June 2010 - System Menu 4.3 released. :<)

    Tutorial Contents & Index:
    • FAQ
    • Hardware
    • Wii Peripherals
      - Wii Speak
      - Wii Balance Board
      - Wii MotionPlus
      - Wii Wheel
      - Classic Controller
    • Technical Specifications
    • Wii Channels
      - Photo Channel
      - News Channel
      - Wii Shop Channel
      - Forecast Channel
      - Check Mii Out Channel
      - Nintendo Channel
      - Internet Channel
      - Everybody Votes Channel
    • Settings
    • Other

    • Q: What is the Wii?
      A - The Wii is a seventh generation gaming console made by Nintendo

    • Q: How much does the Wii cost?
      A - The MSRP of the Wii is $199 USD, ¥20,000 or €199.

    • Q: When was the Wii released?
      A - The Wii was released on November 19, 2006 in North America, December 2, 2006 in Japan, December 7, 2006 in Australia and December 8, 2006 in Japan.

    • Q: What does it come with?
      A - The package contains one Wii console, one remote and nunchuk (controllers), a sensor bar, two AA batteries, instruction manuals and Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort (in certain cases).

    • Q: Does the Wii have backwards compatibility with older games?
      A - The Wii has backwards compatibility with Gamecube games. It can also play games released for older systems such as the NES through the Virtual Console.

    • Q: Does the Wii support SDHC cards?
      A - Yes, the Wii supports both SD and SDHC cards.

    • Q: Does the Wii display games in high-definition (720p+)?
      A - No, the Wii cannot output in high-definition. The highest resolution it can output is 480p.

    • Q: What is Nintendo Selects?
      A - It is a line of Wii games rereleased at a much lower price. It is similar to the Sony's "Greatest Hits" and Nintendo's "Player's Choice" line. Games currently available in the Nintendo Selects line are The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports.


    The Wii isn't very powerful when compared to the other seventh generation consoles in terms of technical specs. Nintendo makes up for this with the Wii's control scheme, motion-controls. The fact that the Wii isn't as powerful as the other seventh generation console doesn't prevent developers from making good games for it. The developers simply have to work within the Wii's constraints. The developers are still able to make Wii games look good. They're just not able to display games in high-definition. The two games below are examples of Wii games with graphics that are visually pleasing.

    Metroid: Other M and Red Steel 2 Images

    [title:Red Steel 2]

    The Wii's control scheme is it's main claim to fame. The Wii Remote is a controller that resembles a television remote that allows the Wii to sense your position. It does this through a accelerometer. The Wii Remote has one speaker near the middle of it and several face buttons.

    The secondary controller for the Wii is called the nunchuk. The nunchuk has an analog stick and two trigger buttons. It's similar to the Wii Remote as it also has an accelerometer for motion sensing.

    Pictures of Wii Remote and Nunchuk

    Wii Peripherals

    Wii Speak

    Wii Speak is a microphone accessory for the Wii. It allows for voice chat in compatible games. It connects to the Wii console through the USB ports at the back of it. It is compatible with a number of games notable ones being Animal Crossing: City Folk and Monster Hunter Tri.
    [title:Compatible Games]Animal Crossing: City Folk
    Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep
    NHL 2K10
    The Conduit
    The Grinder
    NBA 2K10
    NBA 2K11
    Monster Hunter Tri
    Tetris Party Deluxe
    Wheel of Fortune
    Mix Superstar

    Wii Balance Board

    The Wii Balance Board is a balance board peripheral for the Wii. It requires two AA batteries to power it. It uses multiple pressure sensors to measure the user's center of balance. It is compatible with a number of games notable ones being Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus.
    [title:Compatible Games]Academy of Champions: Soccer
    All Star Cheer Squad
    All Star Cheerleader
    All Star Cheer Squad 2
    All Star Cheerleader 2
    Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3
    Don King Boxing
    EA Sports Active
    EA Sports Active: More Workouts
    G1 Jockey Wii
    Go Play: Circus Star
    Go Play: Lumberjacks
    Go Play: City Sports
    Gold's Gym Cardio Workout
    Imagine Fashion Party
    Lexis Numerique
    James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
    Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009
    Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010
    Marble Saga: Kororinpa
    Kororinpa 2: Anthony to Kiniro Himawari no Tane
    Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
    My Fitness Coach 2: Exercise and Nutrition
    NewU Fitness First Mind Body, Yoga & Pilates Workout
    NewU Fitness First Personal TrainerPunch-Out!!
    Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party
    Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip
    Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage
    Skate City Heroes
    Skate It
    Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll
    Tetris Party Deluxe
    Tetris Online
    Walk it Out
    We Ski
    We Ski & Snowboard
    Wii Fit
    Wii Fit Plus
    Wii Music
    Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge
    Zumba Fitness

    Wii MotionPlus

    The Wii MotionPlus is an accessory for the Wii Remote controller. It supplements both the accelerometer and sensor bar capabilities of the Wii Remote. It allows for more accurate motion sensing capabilities through the use of a dual-axis tuning fork gyroscope and a single-axis gyroscope. It is compatible with a number of games notable ones being Red Steel 2 and Wii Sports Resort.
    [title:Compatible Games]Academy of Champions
    All Star Karate
    Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers
    Conduit 2
    Crazy Mini Golf 2
    Deca Sports 3
    The Garfield Show: Threat of the Space Lasagna
    Grand Slam Tennis
    Hooked! Again: Real Motion Fishing
    James Cameron's Avatar: The Game
    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    New Carnival Games
    NewU Fitness First Mind Body, Yoga & Pilates Workout
    NHL 2K10
    NHL 2K11
    Racquet Sports
    Red Steel 2
    Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage
    Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time
    SpongeBob's Truth or Square
    The Grinder
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
    Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids
    Virtua Tennis 4
    Virtua Tennis 2009
    Wii Play: Motion
    Wii Sports Resort
    Zangeki no Reginleiv
    Zumba Fitness

    Wii Wheel

    The Wii Wheel is an accessory for the Wii Remote that comes bundled with Mario Kart Wii and later editions of Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing. It does not provide any extra functionality to the Wii remote and is solely intended to make holding the Wii Remote as a wheel easier. As it does not add any function besides ergonomics, it works with any Wii game.

    Classic Controller

    The Wii Classic Controller is a controller for the Wii console designed for use with Virtual Console and other games. It resembles a traditional game controller. It connects to the bottom of the Wii Remote. It is compatible with a large number of games (too many to list, list over here).

    Technical Specifications
    • IBM 729 MHz PowerPC CPU ("Broadway")
    • ATI 242 MHz Graphics Processor ("Hollywood")
    • 91 MB of on-board memory
    • 512 MB built-in flash memory
    • 2 USB 2.0 ports
    • A proprietary output for video and audio
    • 4 Gamecube controller ports and 2 Gamecube memory card ports
    • Slot loading optical drive compatible with standard DVD and GameCube sized discs
    • SD memory card slots
    • WiFi by Broadcom, with 802.11b & 802.11g support

    Wii Channels (Applications)

    Photo Channel
    Photo Channel

    The Photo Channel is the application that allows you to view photos on the Wii. Photos can be sent to the Photo Channel via an SD Card and email. With the Photo Channel you can turn your photos into a nifty puzzle or mosaic to play around with. The most productive part of the Photo Channel is the ability to play the pictures as a slideshow. The Wii automatically adds a pan and scan effect to the slideshow and will play music on the SD Card. If there is no music on the SD Card, it will play it's own music.

    Easter Eggs!
    Try to grab the cat (press both A+B), and it'll give you tips
    In Fun mode, you can do a 192 piece puzzle by holding down the 1 button.
    During a slide show, hold UP or Down on the D-Pad and a blur circle will appear. You can resize the circle by moving the remote closer or further from the screen.

    Playing a Slideshow

    Select the appropriate option based on whether you want to view photos on the SD card or from the Wii Message Board.

    After clicking 'View' select the Slideshow option at the bottom-left of the screen!

    News Channel
    News Channel

    The news channel is an application for the Wii that allows you to view the latest news headlines. Headlines are submitted by the Associated Press, The Canadian Press, Agence France-Presse and Goo (Japanese News Agency). The news channel is quite helpful for checking the news because of the News ticker. You can easily check the newest headlines straight from the Wii Menu. You should visit the News channel every once in a while since the News ticker disappears if the channel isn't visited for some time.

    Playing a Slideshow

    Select the slideshow option on the bottom left of the screen.

    Viewing the Globe

    After selecting a headline, select the Globe option at the bottom-left.

    Hold the A button and move the Wiimote to navigate the globe!

    Wii Shop Channel
    Wii Shop Channel

    The Wii Shop Channel is an application that allows you to download WiiWare and Virtual Console games. The games are purchased using Wii points which can be purchased in store. New games are added every Monday in North America, Tuesdays in Japan and South Korea, and Fridays in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

    Easter Egg
    While downloading a game, if Mario is wearing his Fire Flower Suit you can press A to shoot a fireball!

    Gifting Someone

    Select the WiiWare option on the top-right of the screen

    Select the game you would like to send

    Select 'Gift'.

    Select a Wii Friend you would like to send it to. Write a message and select OK/Yes on the confirmation screen after. If it sends successfully, congrats! You have good karma!

    Forecast Channel
    Forecast Channel

    The Forecast Channel is the application that allows you to view the weather. Visit the channel every once in a while just like the News Channel so the icon showing the weather remains there.

    Viewing the UV Index and 5 Day Forecast

    Select the 'UV Index' option at the top of the screen.

    To view the 5 day Forecast select 'Tomorrow' at the bottom of the screen.

    Accessing the Globe

    Select 'Globe' on the bottom-right of the screen

    Wasn't that simple?

    Check Mii Out Channel
    Check Mii Out Channel

    The Check Mii Out Channel allows you to import other people's Mii's and to enter and judge contests. It's a great deal of fun!

    Importing Mii's

    Select the 'Posting Plaza'.

    Browse through the Mii's and when you find one that you like, click it.

    Select 'Import Mii'.

    Nintendo Channel
    Nintendo Channel

    The Nintendo Channel allows you to view game videos, trailers and download DS game demos.

    Browsing Nintendo Channel

    Select the video you would like to watch. If you want to download DS game demos click the [acronym=Two Rectangles on top of each other]DS logo[/acronym].

    Internet Channel
    Internet Channel

    The Internet Channel allows you to browse the internet.

    Select 'Web Address' to enter a [acronym=address" of a web page]URL[/acronym]. 'Favorites' to go to your favorites and 'Search' to search the web.

    Everybody Votes Channel
    Everybody Votes Channel

    The Everybody Votes Channel allows you to participate in polls.

    Select the poll you want to participate in.

    Select an answer by moving your Mii to the answer.

    Click Yes.

    [title:Adjusting Screen Settings]
    Adjusting Screen Settings

    Select 'Widescreen Settings'. You will be presented with two options, 4:3 and 16:9. If you don't know what aspect ratio your television is, follow the following guidelines. If you have a HDTV, choose 16:9. If you have a SDTV choose 4:3. If 4:3 doesn't display correctly, choose the other (16:9) and vice-versa.

    Select TV Resolution. Two options will be presented, 'Standard TV (480i)' and EDTV (480p). If you purchased component cables, choose 'EDTV' but if you use the default cables that came with your Wii for video output select 'SDTV (480i)'.

    Select 'Screen Burn-in Reduction'. Select 'Yes' if it isn't already on to prevent screen burn-in.
    [title:Adjusting the Sensor Bar and using Parental Controls]
    Adjusting the Sensor Bar and using Parental Controls

    Select 'Parental Controls', if you want to set restrictions on what games can be played on the Wii. Select 'Yes'. Make a 4 digit pin. Be sure to make a pin that isn't easy to guess. Make a secret question. Be sure to remember the secret question in case you forget your pin. Select 'Game Settings and Pin'. Select 'Highest Game Rating Allowed'. Scroll down selecting the maximum rating you would like your child to play.

    Select 'Sensor Bar'. Select 'Sensor Par Position' and select whether the sensor bar is above or below your television.

    Select 'Sensor Bar'. Select 'Sensitivity'. Press '+' and '-' on the Wiimote to set sensitivity of the Wiimote. Move the cursor around the screen to check sensitivity.

    • I advise you purchase an SD Card if you plan on downloading a lot WiiWare/VC games. The SD Card menu allows you to transfer WiiWare and Virtual Console games to the SD card and run them from there.
    • If you haven't already, delete the 'Get Connected Channel'. It takes up quite a lot of space and may prevent you from installing other applications on your Wii.
    • If you want access to homebrew for the Wii, I suggest you hack it using ModMii.
    • If you want to play the Wii with your friends using local multiplayer, I suggest you purchase an extra Wii Remote and Nunchuk
    Last edited by SoulSnatcher; 06-17-2011 at 05:22 PM.

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    The link to the CSG should be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overlord Nadrian View Post
    The link to the CSG should be
    Changed it.

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    Sorry about that, cleaned up this thread and just stickied it. Good work Soul!

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    Updated it a lot.

    Should be much more comprehensive now!

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