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Setting limits on appropriate content and communications is incredibly simple on the Nintendo Wii, even if control options are relatively limited.
Nintendo designed content control for the Wii and Wii mini around ESRB ratings, allowing parents to set the highest possible content rating usable without inputting their PIN. You can also restrict unapproved access to:
In order to prevent tampering or accidental damage, activating Wii parental controls will automatically block access to key administrative settings. Users will no longer be able to modify Internet or WiiConnect24 settings, apply system updates, or format system memory without inputting a PIN.
ESRB ratings are set based on the most mature elements present in the final release of a game and the frequency with which they are encountered.
If you set the content control level of your Wii to “Everyone 10+”, any content rated “Teen” or higher will require direct approval by PIN each time it is accessed.
Games appropriate for very young users and designed for their use. This designation was discontinued in 2014 and folded into the “Everyone” rating but may be an option on older consoles.Examples: Jump Start Pet Rescue, Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover!
Excepting mild, cartoonish violence, these games avoid controversial or potentially offensive content.
Examples: Wii Sports, Mario Kart
While not severe or graphic, the violence in these games is slightly more realistic than in those rated “Everyone”. They also tend to be more complex and could be frustrating for younger users.
Examples: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Skylanders
“Teen” is where games begin to feature content most often considered inappropriate for children. Violence is increasingly realistic, though not gory, and users will likely encounter strong language, suggestive themes, or crude humor.
Examples: Metroid Prime, Super Smash Bros Brawl
These games are intended only for older teens and adults. They frequently contain explicit sexual content, realistic and intense violence, or mature themes.
Examples: Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles, No More Heroes
Unlike the Nintendo Switch, content control setup on the Wii is entirely local and can be completed without a Nintendo account or smartphone app.
If this is your first time accessing the Parental Controls menu, you will be prompted to set a four-digit PIN (and a secret question to recover it) before continuing.
Once you’re set up, you’ll be returned to the main parental controls menu.
If you want to control additional features on Internet-connected Wii consoles, select Other Settings from the parental controls menu. This is where you can allow or restrict access to web browsing, online communication, the News channel, and use of Points in the Wii Shop.
When you are finished, select Settings Complete from the main parental controls menu to save and apply your choices.
It’s possible to reset your Wii’s parental control PIN on Nintendo’s website if you forget both it and your secret question. Nintendo will provide you with a twenty-four hour “Master Key” which your Wii will accept as a valid PIN, allowing you to reset your PIN and secret question from the Parental Controls menu.
There is a charge of $0.50 for this service to help prevent children from resetting your PIN.