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How to Set Up or Disable Nintendo Wii Parental Restrictions

Updated on January 8, 2016
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

If you don't want your kids using your Nintendo Wii to go on a spending spree, access the Internet without your permission, play games without supervision or play games you don't want them to play, you're going to need to set up parental restrictions on the console. Enabling parental restrictions lets you set up a PIN code that will need to be entered before any user can access parts of the console that you've blocked off or play games with a rating you don't approve of. Setting up parental restrictions can be done in a matter of minutes.

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Select "Wii Settings" from the Wii Options menu.Select "Parental Controls" from the Wii System Settings 2 screen.Select "Yes" when prompted whether or not to use parental controls on your Nintendo Wii console.Forgetting the PIN code and secret question answer you set up for parental restrictions means you won't be able to access blocked parts of your console without restoring it.The PIN code is four digits.Select a secret question to answer in case your forget the PIN code you set up.The parental controls settings screen.Select whether to restrict or not restrict specific parts of the console.You can always change your PIN and secret question, as long as you don't forget them.
Select "Wii Settings" from the Wii Options menu.
Select "Wii Settings" from the Wii Options menu. | Source
Select "Parental Controls" from the Wii System Settings 2 screen.
Select "Parental Controls" from the Wii System Settings 2 screen. | Source
Select "Yes" when prompted whether or not to use parental controls on your Nintendo Wii console.
Select "Yes" when prompted whether or not to use parental controls on your Nintendo Wii console. | Source
Forgetting the PIN code and secret question answer you set up for parental restrictions means you won't be able to access blocked parts of your console without restoring it.
Forgetting the PIN code and secret question answer you set up for parental restrictions means you won't be able to access blocked parts of your console without restoring it. | Source
The PIN code is four digits.
The PIN code is four digits. | Source
Select a secret question to answer in case your forget the PIN code you set up.
Select a secret question to answer in case your forget the PIN code you set up. | Source
The parental controls settings screen.
The parental controls settings screen. | Source
Select whether to restrict or not restrict specific parts of the console.
Select whether to restrict or not restrict specific parts of the console. | Source
You can always change your PIN and secret question, as long as you don't forget them.
You can always change your PIN and secret question, as long as you don't forget them. | Source

How to Set Up Wii Parental Restrictions

  1. Click the "Wii Options" button in the lower-left corner of the Nintendo Wii home screen. The Wii Options button is a circle with a blue outline around it that has the word "Wii" in the center of it. A screen appears that has Data Management and Wii Settings options on it.
  2. Select "Wii Settings." The Wii System Settings 1 screen appears. Click the blue right-pointing arrow on the right side of the screen to move to the Wii System Settings 2 screen.
  3. Select "Parental Controls," which appears at the top of the list of options. The Parental Controls screen appears with a message asking you whether or not you want to use parental controls.
  4. Click "Yes." Another message appears, this time notifying you that enabling parental controls on the Nintendo Wii console lets you control who can use certain channels or play games with a specific rating. Another message appears, this time advising that only adults should enable this feature and reminding you that the feature doesn't control who can play GameCube games through the Nintendo Wii with a rating that falls outside of what people without the PIN code you're going to set up can play.
  5. Select "OK." Another message appears, this time advising you that if you forget the PIN code or the answer to the secret question you'll have to set up, you won't be able to access anything that's restricted. However, this isn't true, as you can restore the Nintendo Wii console to its factory settings to remove the parental PIN code. The downside of restoring the Wii console to its factory settings is that all of your personal information such as Mii's, added channels, Internet settings, saved games and more stored on the console's hard drive will be lost and will need to be set up or added again.
  6. Click "OK." A blank white box appears on the screen with a message prompting you to set up a 4-digit PIN code.
  7. Select the white box. A number pad appears onscreen.
  8. Enter a 4-digit PIN code using the number pad and then select "OK."
  9. Click "OK" in the next screen that shows four black asterisks in the white box, representing your PIN code. Alternatively, you can click the white box and enter a different PIN code. Another screen with a white box appears, prompting you to re-enter the PIN code.
  10. Click the white box, enter the same PIN code using the number pad and then select "OK." A screen appears prompting you to enter a secret question to answer in the event you forget your PIN code. Potential secret questions involve your mother's maiden name, your favorite sports team, your favorite movie and more.
  11. Click the up- and down-pointing blue arrows to navigate through the questions until you find one you want to use, then click "OK." A keyboard appears on screen that you can use to enter the answer to the secret question you selected. Select "OK" after entering your answer. The screen appears where you can set up your parental controls.
  12. Select "Other Settings" to set up who can access WiiConnect24, specific Wii channels and the Internet on the console.
  13. Click "OK" when a message appears describing what you can do in this section.
  14. Select "Restrict" or "Do not restrict" for the options presented to you, which let you restrict the use of a credit card, the message board, the Internet channel, the news channel and more. Click "Confirm" when you arrive at the list of options in this section to return to the initial screen for setting up parental controls.
  15. Click "Game Settings and PIN." You can change your PIN and secret question, and the highest rating a user without the PIN code can play on this Wii console. You can change any of these options by clicking them and then either entering a new PIN code, selecting a new secret question and answer, or selecting the highest game rating you want someone without the PIN code to be able to play. Select "Confirm" when you're done making your changes to this screen.
  16. Select "Settings Complete" when you're done setting the parental controls.
  17. Press the "Menu" button on the Wii Remote and then select "Wii Menu" to return to the Nintendo Wii home screen. Your Parental Control settings will be enabled.

How to Disable Wii Parental Restrictions

  1. Follow Steps 1 through 3 in the How to Set Up Wii Parental Restrictions section to arrive at a screen asking if you want to change the parental restrictions you set up on the console.
  2. Select "Yes."
  3. Enter your PIN code in the next screen and then click "OK" twice to arrive at the Parental Controls settings screen.
  4. Click "Clear Settings." A message asking if you're certain you want to clear the parental restrictions that you set up.
  5. Click "OK." A message appears notifying you that all parental restrictions have been cleared on the Wii console.
  6. Click "OK."
  7. Press the "Menu" button on the Wii Remote and then select "Wii Menu" to return to the Nintendo Wii home screen. Your Parental Control settings will be enabled.

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      Max Dalton 5 years ago from Greater St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks, Gatti. I always hope people find my hubs useful.

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      Gatti 5 years ago

      You are really going to get a lot of traffic for this hub with the Wii being such a popular family gaming system.

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