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Tips For Installing Your Nintendo Wii

Jan 20, 2008
Before connecting your Nintendo Wii anywhere, decide first how you would like to position it. You can choose whether you want to lay it flat or let it stand vertically using the Wii console stand and plate that comes with the package. This allows you a little flexibility in terms of storage options so you won't have a lot of concerns when it comes to space. An important thing to note though: position your it to allow enough space for the internal fan to work.

Plugging the console
Next, plug the AC cord into the input connector that is located at the back of the console. The console has an AV (Audio/Video) Multi-Out plug that lets you connect to most TV and VCR units. Connect the AV Cable plugs into the connectors on your TV. Take care to note the color code of the connectors: red for right audio input, white for left audio input and yellow for video input.

After the connectors are in place, turn on the TV and the Wii console. On the TV, look for Input Select, AUX for auxiliary or Source or EXT for external. Use the channel where you're usually tuned in to view videos. Choose the Nintendo game.

Connecting to the VCR
If you want to use the VCR, set the unit to VCR and then put in a tape, press play and then press stop. The game image should show up on the screen. If your speakers are plugged in, the sound should come out from there.

Locating the sensor bar
The Sensor Bar may be placed near the TV, ideally above or below the screen. Insert the Sensor plug into the Sensor connector found on the back of the console. However else you may wish to mount it, make sure the Sensor Bar is aligned close to the TV, preferably in front.

Check the System Setting of the console to ensure that the location option for the Sensor Bar is set accordingly. To check if the location is ideal, take note of the reception and make necessary adjustments.

Using the Wiimote
Two AA batteries are used with the Wiimote. Use the wrist strap to keep the remote snug and fit in your hand. There is no problem about synchronizing the Wiimote that already comes included in your package, but if you are using additional units, you might need to synch them to use them properly.

To synch, you can use the standard mode or the one-time mode. The one-time mode is reserved for Wiimotes you don't usually use with your console and the standard mode is used for additional units.

Nintendo Wii Accessories You Ought to Have
Nintendo is one of the top innovators when it comes to accessories such as controllers and its designs have become a much sought-after industry standard. The Nintendo Wii by itself comes with some simple fun via is Wii Sports game, but if you want to enjoy the experience to the fullest, here are a few accessories you might want to pick up for yourself:

More controllers
Nintendo Wii comes complete with a two-in-one controller : that is, a nunchuk and a Wiimote, but you might want more for two-player games like boxing or tennis. The Wii can accommodate four controllers, but get an extra nunchuk for $20 and another Wiimote for $40 to maximize your game.

GameCube memory cards
Why? If you're playing GameCube games on the Wii, you'll want to save your efforts in case you need to take a break and you can't do that to the Wii's built-in memory. You can only save to a GameCube memory card. Older GameCube cards will do, but if you don't have one, be prepared to shell out about $25.

GameCube controllers
Nintendo Wii has backward adaptability in that it can still accommodate GameCube, although you'll need a GameCube controller to play the game to satisfy your nostalgia. GC controller will cost about $25 or get a wireless Nintendo WaveBird for a few dollars more, although your older GC controllers will suffice.

SD Card
Time will come when you'll use up the Wii's 512MB, so give yourself more space with a new SD card. Although you can buy one from Nintendo, any SD card will do. A good one to get is a 1GB card for all the space you need and that will set you back by about $25 to $30.

Get the rechargeable ones because the Wiimote is a regular power gobbler. It uses two standard AAs which are included in the Wii package and with the controller unit in case you're buying a separate one. You'll need extra battery power for the nunchuk. You can save more if you buy rechargeable NiMH ones and a charger.

Wii Points
Not exactly your hard accessory per se, but this is one of the draws of the Wii's Virtual Console. The Wii Points are good to have if you plan to buy Nintendo's classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Donkey Kong and Super Mario 64. The Wii Points function like real currency and has a dollar exchange rate of 100 points to 1 US dollar. Buy the points via Nintendo's prepaid cards or from its online store.
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