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What do I need when I purchase a Wii?

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Posted on Oct 27, 2012 7:37:48 AM PDT
You need the following for the BEST wii expirience:
1: wii
2: 3 additional wiimotes and nunchucks
3: Games
4: Wii Fit
5: 4 pro controllers
6: Udraw Tablet
7: Skins for all the following
8: a spot to put it
The new wiii is coming out November

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2012 5:17:49 PM PDT
No, you don't softmod the drive, you softmod the console. It's hard to create that paper weight, unless you suck at following directions. I've softmodded several wiis just fine, never had an accident. It's cake. I also reprogram my phone constantly, once every week or two. No serious problems there either.

Every game works. I have a legit copy of Skyward Sword on my bookcase. That disc has never been inside my Wii. I've been playing a backup of that game since before the game came out. I was halfway done playing the game before I bought it. That's the newest Wii game that matters, but I'm sure all the even newer ones still work fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2012 8:49:18 AM PDT
or Right hand, if you are left-handed like myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 3:32:26 AM PST
Running code that flashes a new computer program onto your EPROM chip is tricky in that it's not hard to create a very expensive paper weight. Discs with newer region codes will also fail to play on drives that permit Region 0 (everywhere).

Still, both ways are used.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 12:49:02 AM PST
The tool you linked changes the region on a ripped game file. The simpler solution is to use a softmod that simply makes the Wii region-free.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 12:16:15 AM PST
When I encounter problems with optical media, I like to visit

because it's welcoming to beginners and focuses on practical methods of solving problems.

I wasn't aware that game discs were damaged with the notorious 'region code'. Converting format, such as NTSC to PAL is a different and more difficult problem: but these are reasonable problems users are generally aware of. 'Region codes' are not.

Different countries have different copying laws. Applications from reputable archives may have applications such as this.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2011 7:00:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2011 7:02:27 AM PST
Wii games are region-locked and the consoles output in only one standard-def format. (Edit: If that's confusing, I mean there is a software lock to keep you from playing games published for other regions of the world as well as a hardware limitation on the analog video format.) You can see which region a game is for by looking closely at the back of the package. It should say something like "PAL format, licensed for sale in UK, UAE, ..." etc. If it says "NTSC" or "North America" anywhere, it won't work.

It should still be possible to play the games you bought (North American, I presume?) by softmodding your console. This will void the warranty though and may be against the law in your country.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2011 5:10:54 AM PST
do not get gamefly!

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 4:43:59 AM PST
DJ says:
Help! Bought 4 Wii games (Cars 2, You can Dance, Abba Dance and Dealiest Catch) on amazon and my console says-cannot read discs. I live in the UAE, just bought the console there-Party and Sports bundle and the games that came with bundle work fine. My console manual says it only plays with PAL Wii Discs. Does this mean I can't use the games I bought and how will I know which games are PAL?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 1:03:24 PM PST
Thanks for the info.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 5:33:00 PM PST
It's named after the Okinawan weapon nunchaku. When the "nunchuck" attachment and Wii remote are connected they resemble nunchaku.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:29:00 AM PST
It's the basic attachment for the Wiimote (the controller). Do an Amazon search for "Wii nunchuk," I'm sure they'll have all the information you need on the product page.

You don't actually chuck it, though. You hold it in your left hand.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 10:53:00 AM PST
I read almost every post and the word "nunchuck" was used repeatedly. To a person as ignorant about the Wii as is C.D. Capen and myself, "nunchuck" is meaningless. Can someone explain what it is or what it means, or how it is used?

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 3:40:57 PM PST
Games which require Wii Motion Plus:

Wii Sports Resort
Wii Play Motion with Black Wii Remote Plus
FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus - Black
Red Steel 2

and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with Music CD as OoAK noted. There are a few more which optionally support it.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:15:09 PM PST
Here's a list of MotionPlus games. It's pretty short.

Most of the games that require it actually come with it.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 12:21:00 PM PST
OoAK says:
The motion plus accessory is not required for newer games. The latest game that does require it is The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. There aren't very many games that make use of the accessory, but it will say whether or not the accessory is required on the case when you buy the game.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 11:44:20 AM PST
KW says:
Thank you for this post. Can you tell me is the motion plus adapter necessary to play the new games?

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 6:29:11 PM PST
Just wondering if I should wait to purchase the WII2?

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 2:45:49 PM PST
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. If they have any interest in good games, then get it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 2:22:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2011 3:14:11 PM PST
This advice is good. My choice of products was based upon what was available a year ago and shortly after.

Still, I should insure as many devices capable of being dropped have silicone covers. The acceleration of tapping a hard plastic device on a table is very great. Nunchucks seems to fail rapidly. Remember, laptops were designed to be dropped onto the floor, and we know how well that worked. :-)

I was reminded that my model of Wii has only an analog video output; so one can anticipate only about 480p resolution when streaming video, then interpolated by a digital TV. (Remember, interpolation of 54 Mbps is good.) Computers & digital devices reputably stream 300 Mbps at digital 720p resolution. A Wii yet to appear will do this as well (I'm told).

Also, friends can exchange icons of people (Miis) by carrying their remote to a friend's house. Mark your devices with indelible ink in some obscure place, so remotes don't get confused!

My granddaughter I prevented from joining the Nintendo 'Club' or network because of the quantity of unnecessary information asked.

However, with only a WiFi connection to our home network, she can send e-mail to friends' computers from the Wii Menu, and she has ten 'channels' (think website or cloud application).

One 'channel' displays photos in her e-mail & camera, and others include shopping at Nintendo, previewing applications, creating Miis, entering Miis in a contest (which she greatly enjoys), weather, news, Netflix, trivial questions, and the Opera Web browser (though not very practical). Opera can't run 'Hulu', for there is no Flash player for the Wii's operating system; the Netflix interface is nice, but requires a small monthly fee to Netflix for streaming.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 11:02:13 AM PST
etp says:
Thank you!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2011 7:42:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2011 7:42:21 PM PST
Don't the wiimotes come with silicone covers already now? By the way, they are not as fragile as you think. They're meant to be thrashed around. The covers are to protect people and things in your living room from damage caused by the wiimote, not the other way around.

Monster brand products are a tremendous ripoff. You can get way cheaper cables just about anywhere that will be every bit as good.

If you're setting up a guest Wii for grandchildren, I think all you really need to buy is the console itself and perhaps component video cables if you have an HDTV. The kids can bring their own games and extra controllers to use with it.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 6:03:30 PM PST
Last Christmas we bought a Wii, and found a few inexpensive items were still needed to make it practicable.

First, the Wii is a bit confusing, for Nintendo doesn't describe its hardware well. Mine is white, and is powered by a white wall-plug transformer. It can communicate with the Internet by means of WiFi (54 Mbps) or a USB cable with adapter for your router, for full download speed. My kit didn't supply a USB cable (which should be shielded), and my generic adapter didn't work: however, Nintendo sold an expensive one. The protocol and security offered by the console will determine that used by your home network. It took great research to finally connect mine with IEEE 802.11g protocol and WPA2 Personal security. (I used 19 alphabetic characters in the password.) This is a problem if my granddaughter wants to play against a friend across town, for that requires turning off all devices but the router & console, and temporarily resetting both to WEP security (which is too easily cracked). Though I download at only 54 Mbps, Netflix is sharp when in 'Standard Mode' on the 51" TV is set to maximal sharpness. (For my DVD player, I use an HDMI cable and 'Movie Mode', which turns off artificial sharpness.) Rumour is that 300Mbps (a cable and extra $10 a month to my DSL provider) will stream 720p resolution.

The remotes, held in the hand, use a combination of Bluetooth radio waves to control buttons & such, and infrared light to control where the arrow lies on the screen (assisted by a provided sensor bar to be place above or below the TV). Both are economical modes of communication; but I immediately replaced the AA batteries with rechargeable batteries and an IC (induction charging) cradle by Nyco. 'Wii Resort' is our most used disc, and several sport games require a Nunchuck. I bought a second remote, two Nunchucks, an IC rechargable battery set & cradle (for which I'm having trouble finding replacement batteries). What I bought was of the topmost quality, though.

The last 'hardware' that is almost necessary are soft covers to protect both the remote & nunchuck if dropped. Each device has extremely sensitive acceleration sensors. Even placing one on a hard surface makes me nervous. I acquired two soft, silicone covers, like those sold by Nintendo; and (sadly) thin covers for the nunchucks. Bicycling is apparently hard on the nunchucks, for two failed (partly). If one appears to create problems, compare the sound when shook next to a working one. Wrist straps are provided and very important.

Last, because we have a digital TV, I replaced the composite cable with a 'Monster' component cable to improve the resolution. All agreed it was perceptibly better than the composite cable provided. We also have a plasma screen: Nintendo games use the whole screen, things move, and the screen changes with the game. The Wii menu has changing icons with a light-grey background. (Good thinking ahead.)

We later bought Wii health and the balance board. But, not having skied, my granddaughter doesn't play the ski games. We use it to weigh our cats. Also, for both remotes, I extended their sensitivity with 'Plus' adapters; I assume these are built into newer models of the remote.

In short, two remotes and an IC battery charger is really needed early. Silicone protective covers come soon after. For digital TVs, get a composite video cable. For streaming videos, invest in a shielded USB cable and adapter for your router. Bicyclers will want nunchucks early; and avid skiers will want the balance board after becoming comfortable with the system.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 4:18:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2011 5:51:05 AM PST
As noted above, everything you need for one player to play a game is in the box. You should add:

- rechargeable batteries for the remotes and a charging station --- one of the dedicated induction ones is best.

- as many additional remotes and nunchuks as you will have players playing at one time (up to a total of 4)

- (optional) a gun shell such as the Wii Zapper if you like shooting games (agree that things like tennis rackets are a bad idea)

- (optional) racing wheel shells if you like racing games

- (optional) the Wii Balance Board if there are games you want which use it

- more games --- just always research games carefully, finding reviewers whose tastes match yours.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 2:57:14 PM PST
I would like to purchase a wii for my grandchildren to use at my house. They mostly play just dance and will bring that with them. What do I need to purchase? I would really rather not purchase things they will not use.
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