Setting Up Your Wii

From Basic Connections to Homebrew

Wii Console and Wii Remote (black)


Once you've bought a Wii, you just need to get it hooked up and running. Below are links to various Wii to-do articles, covering everything from basic TV and internet connections through improving the experience all the way to advanced topics like hacking your Wii.

The Essential Set-Up Guides

  • How to Connect Your Wii to Your Television - The first thing you need to do when you take your Wii out of the box is hook it up to the TV. This article offers step-by-step instructions. 
  • How to Get Your Wii Online - Step-by-step instructions on setting up an internet wired or wireless connection on the Wii. Necessary for online gaming, browsing the internet, and eShopping.

The Little, Cool Set-Up Guides

  • How to Make a Mii - The Mii is your virtual representative on the Wii, identifying you and sometimes appearing as your avatar. Learn the ins and outs of creating and customizing your Mii, whether you want to make it look like you or your favorite star.
  • How to Surf the Internet on Your Nintendo Wii - Nintendo offers a handy Wii Internet Browser that lets you surf the internet and even play free flash games. Here's a step-by-step guide to installing and using Nintendo's browser.

Accessory Information

  • What Accessories Do I Need to Play Wii Games? - A guide to help in deciding which Wii control devices you need, may need in the future, or might just plain enjoy.
  • A Guide to Wii Remote Chargers - Nintendo's Wii remote takes batteries, but if you want a rechargeable controller, there are many charging systems to give you just that. This is a comparison chart with links to my charger reviews.
  • Putting Together the Ultimate Wii - Advice on getting the most out of your Wii, covering better cables, essential peripherals, and handy extras.


  • What Can I Do if My Wii Can't Read a Disk or a Game Crashes? - Having trouble playing a game. Read this before you throw away the disk or send the Wii off for repair.
  • Wii Safety FAQ - Wii Dangers and How to Avoid Them - The Wii encourages a much more active form of gaming than other consoles and waving that Wii remote around has its dangers. Here's some advice on avoiding breaking your possessions or injuring yourself while playing.

The Super-Advanced Set-Up Guide

  • How to Install the Wii Homebrew Channel - This tells you how to hack your Wii. This is a much more advanced sort of set-up that most people will never do, but if you know what homebrew is and are curious about it, here's what you need to know.
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