The Nintendo Wii video game console can be connected to the Internet for access to a variety of features and content such as multiplayer gaming, online communication including the exchange of user created content, news, weather, game downloads, and web browsing.
News, weather, multiplayer gaming and online communication are free using Nintendo Wi-Fi. To play online and interact with others, Wii users must manually exchange friend codes generated by playing Internet-enabled games. The use of friend codes doesn't always ensure your children are playing with someone they know because codes are often posted publically to message boards and blogs by users looking for other game players.
In addition to the free features, users have the option of purchasing video games for download as well as Nintendo's Web browser for Internet surfing. These purchases are made using Wii Points which can be bought at retails stores or online. To learn more about the purchasing and use if Wii Points visit: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wii/en_na/channelsShop.jsp.
Wii Parental Controls
Nintendo Wii offers parental controls for both the individual video game playing experience and the Internet connection.
You can select the 'highest rated video game' acceptable for your children to play on the Wii console. The Wii's video game rating selections reflect those of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and include Early Childhood through Mature-rated games with the default setting allowing all to be played. Keep in mind that Nintendo GameCube games can be played on the Wii, but can not be controlled by Wii Parental Controls. You can learn more about the ESRB ratings by visiting: http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp.
If your Wii is connected to the Internet, you can restrict your children from:
- use of the web browser (if it has been downloaded)
- use of Wii Points (Note: Nintendo Wii Parental Controls does not restrict the purchase of Wii Points.)
- access to news
- sending and receiving messages
- exchanging user generated content
To learn more about Nintendo Wii Parental Controls, visit: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wii/en_na/settingsParentalControls.jsp.