Please note: The Nintendo Wii uses game ratings designed by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Like the MPAA and movie ratings, the ESRB divides games into age-based categories, including E for Everyone, T for Teen, and M for Mature. For more information on the ESRB rating system, visit their Web site.
Step 1: Turn on your Wii. It should open to the Wii menu. If it automatically plays a game, press the "Home" button on your remote and return to the Wii menu.
Step 2: Enter the "Wii Options" menu.
Step 3: Enter the "Wii Settings" menu.
Step 4: Select the right arrow button to enter the "Wii System Settings 2" menu.
Step 5: Enter the "Parental Controls" menu.
Step 6: Select "Yes."
Step 7: Enter a 4-digit PIN. This number will be used to lock down the Wii so it doesn't play unacceptable games. Use a number that you can remember, but not one that your children can guess.
Step 8: Select a question you want the Wii to ask if you forget the PIN.
Step 9: Enter the answer to that question. Again, make it something that you can remember, but not one that your children can guess.
Step 10: Enter the "Game settings and PIN" menu.
Step 11: Select "Highest game rating allowed."
Step 12: Using the arrows on the right side of the screen, select the highest ESRB game rating you want the Wii to play without prompting for your PIN.
Step 13: Select "OK."
Step 14: Select "Confirm." Your Wii is now set to only play games of your preferred ESRB rating or lower. If anyone tries to load a higher rated game, the Wii will ask for your PIN.