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Can my son play the Nintendo Wii without an internet connection?? Please HELP!!

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Initial post: Dec 2, 2009, 7:47:37 PM PST
Mrs. Real says:
Hi. I need some help. I will be getting a Nintendo Wii for my son this christmas and need to know if he will be able to play with it, no problem, right out of the box without an internet connection.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009, 7:48:55 PM PST
yes all u do is buy it. but it is important to hav a tv with that

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 7:50:03 PM PST
J. Nestor says:
Absolutely...the internet connection is only to play online against other people. For instance, you can race people all over the world in Mario Kart...or...you can just play the game against the computer or people in your house. NO INTERNET CONNECTION NECESSARY!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 7:52:19 PM PST
Mrs. Real says:
Thank you. So if I want to have it connected to the internet is optional but not neccesary. Wohooo!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 7:52:43 PM PST
Mrs. Real says:
Thanks for your help ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 7:54:30 PM PST
DEEZUS says:
Its not necessary for any of the systems.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 8:01:30 PM PST
J. Nestor says:
One thing though...Nintendo like all of the other console companies do software updates to their systems. The Wii will run just fine out of the box, but to get the most current up-to-date versions of the wii software, you will need and internet connection.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 8:10:56 PM PST
Mrs. Real says:
Oh, ok. I guess I can do that later on then. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2009, 8:26:50 PM PST
DEEZUS says:
I'm not sure about the Wii, but if an update is necessary for certain games, PS3 games have the update info on the game disc. I figure all the systems are like that, but I don't know for sure.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 6:18:56 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
While you can definitely play the Wii without an internet connection with no problem, I recommend you set up a wireless connection in your house. The Wii has some pretty neat features, not the least of which is downloading games you can't buy in stores.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009, 7:00:37 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
Sony systems are honestly the only time I've seen the firmware update required for games. In the case of the PSP, at least they're usually on the disk.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:03:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2009, 7:04:04 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
PS3 has them on the disc as well, although the only game I know of that actually required an update to run was Ratchet & Clank Future: ToD.

But tons of Wii games require firmware updates too. New Super Mario Bros. Wii triggered an update when I first played it. So did Metroid Prime 3, Super Paper Mario and Super Smash Bros. They were all on the discs.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:07:40 AM PST
TC says:
We have had a Wii for more than two years, and it has never been connected to the internet. Some new games when played the first time will have updates included. You'll get a message saying system updating, and it will take just a few moments. We live in the boonies, and only have dial up or satellite as options for internet. Neither of which is good...

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:13:11 AM PST
M. McFly says:
Have you considered what system you should get, a wii, ps3 or a 360? Suprisingly that thread has never popped up around here, you might want to consider that before you buy a wii.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:18:42 AM PST
K Archer says:
I just connected my Wii to the net two days ago. Had it for a year, no problems. Then again, I never had any multiplayer Wii games until now (or at least soon...getting Mario Cart for X-mas)

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:19:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2009, 7:24:21 AM PST
*Edit---whoops....posted that on the wrong thread...deleted.

I'm slow today. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009, 7:25:28 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
Heh. I guess it's just since I'm not really the person predominantly playing the Wii in the house. I've never really seen it need the update for the game.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:35:08 AM PST
For the most part, updates are to fix glitches and adjust/streamline online, so it's almost unnecessary to get them. While hardcores would notice some glitches, kids usually work around them thinking they're part of the game. It's not overly necessary to worry about them, in my opinion, unless they're showstoppers(game freezes at certain point), but I don't think Nintendo games have those very often, if ever.

Basically, if you're offline the entire time, the online updates could be moot. Could someone correct me if I'm wrong? I never read about things like this regarding Nintendo games.

(there, that's better. I mixed up 2 different responses in one before.) lol

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:47:54 AM PST
Siklootd says:
If you do come across mandatory updates, they are always built onto the disc. I encounter this all the time with PS3 and Xbox 360 games. For example: The God of War Collection for PS3 made me update my console with the built in update that was located on the disc; BlazBlue for the Xbox 360 made me update my 360 with the update located on its disc and Super Smash Bros. Brawl also made me update the Wii with the update located on its disc. So, really, you may never need to connect the Wii to the internet in order to enjoy playing it.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009, 7:55:34 AM PST
M Lewis says:
The Wii does occasionally have some updates included on the discs for various first party games. Most of their updates don't really add any functionality (or little) but are more focused on blocking homebrew software (although Nintendo doesn't like to admit that). Bottom line though is you don't ever need to hook up the Wii to the internet if you don't want to. It will still work fine without it. However, there are some online features that are worth it. The Nintendo Channel lets you watch movies of upcoming and current games. You can get news and weather. The shop channel has new and classic games available for download. The system has wireless built in so it is easy to hook up if you have a wireless router in your house if you want to.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009, 7:56:22 AM PST
"Basically, if you're offline the entire time, the online updates could be moot. Could someone correct me if I'm wrong? I never read about things like this regarding Nintendo games."

Most of the updates I've downloaded on the Wii involved updating the interface, the channels, or parental controls. I can't think of any game related patches I've had to download.

Like Garion said, some games come with updates on them... but these seem to be separate from the ones you download. My system was definitely up to date with everything online when I first played MP3, but it still had to install an update from the disc. I don't really know what that's about.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009, 12:34:31 AM PST
jnjmcc says:
the only thing the wii is good for is the virtual console,and mario and zelda other then that pass
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