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    Wii problems and Christmas

    So, I bought a Wii for my kids, and am now nervous and want to make sure that it works on Christmas morning. I fired up the system, played a game of Wii sports, and it was great! My wife was all over my case to put it away for Christmas morning, so I did. Lately, I've read about updates that need to be downloaded, etc. Do these only apply to online access for the virtual console? I did not try out that functionality, but I'm thinking if that doesn't work out of the box, my kids can still play Zelda, Wii sports, Monkeyball, etc. Or am I missing something? Should I try the system more extensively than the 10 minutes or so, or should that be sufficient? How prevalent are problems with the console itself?

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    Tough call, how old are your kids? Im guessing they are young enough to not really care about the online gaming or virtual console aspect just yet.

    If i were you i'd leave 'as is' let your kids enjoy the games over xmas and the new year, then when they go back to school or whatever i'd connect to the online service, install the updates and then if you do encounter any issues or errors you can get the console replaced by Nintendo without risking problems for Xmas.

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    So it sounds like the updates are mostly for the VC and online stuff, but COULD affect the rest of the console (ie, cause it crash for "normal" gaming purposes). And how does one find out about the updates? Does one get prompted when connecting to the Wii online stuff?

    My kids are too young to even know about the online stuff, nor will they care as long as they have other games to play. If I can get by without risking the other games, that's the best solution to me.

    Thanks much for the reply.

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    I am pretty sure you need to download updates before gaining access to the WiiConnect24 service, and in some cases that has produced system error codes - but not having received my Wii yet (UK) i can'be be 100% sure.

    Hopefully someone will chime in with first hand experience

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    Yes the updates are only for WiiConnect24, so when your children want to play online, you must download them, the time it takes is very minimal, and i have not had any error codes with my Wii that i got on launch. So i wouldnt worry to much about this issue as ive only heard about it rarely. Your kids will be very pleased to play their game system on Christmas.
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    the updates install automatically once you connect the wii online. although, there really hasn't been many due to the system being so new.

    the first was when i first connected. this first update included something for the wii shop channel (i assume to make it connect and work properly). see, i wasn't really paying attention because it took a while. the second update was something concerning the parental controls. i believe this just updated the dialogue so it would state the parental controls do not include/operate on the gamecube games. why the wii's parental locks do not carry over to the gamecube games is beyond me. you'd figure that the parental lock would be usuable on all games played on the wii. but that depends on the user, and seeing as i am the primary user, it doesn't matter much to me. although for you being a parent, watch out. if you use parental locks on games you may want to double check on the game being played. kids can be dubious.

    routers are tricky, and a source for many issues connecting the wii. but there are sites with info on how to get around the error codes, and make your wii connect online wirelessly. i prefer the nintendo wi-fi usb connector (about $30) myself because i had no problem connecting my wii online using that device. i did, however, run into problems with my router and gave up. basically, i figured i had the usb connector and may as well use it for something.

    the updates will not result in the wii crashing or malfunctioning. at least that's what i believe. the issues with the wii seem to be internal and occur very remotely. but if something is wrong with your console you can have nintendo either fix the system and restore yours to working or order, or have them replace it with a new machine for free. but be warned as replacing the machine means you lose all wii points, downloads, game saves, etc. (note: you can back up your game saves only on a sd card if need be.)

    other than all of that your kids will be happy. the system works great and is easy to figure out. just make sure to read the instruction manual (something most people do not do), and ask questions if you need. there is always someone out there waiting to help around this site.

    sit back and enjoy. your wii is waiting.
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    We're talking literally 3 minutes for the Wii Updates when connecting the Wii to an internet source for the first time. It's something that can be done right after setting up the Wii. No biggie!

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    Like everyone else said, you are fine on games. Once you start to get online you will have to do updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBuck
    So, I bought a Wii for my kids, and am now nervous and want to make sure that it works on Christmas morning. I fired up the system, played a game of Wii sports, and it was great! My wife was all over my case to put it away for Christmas morning, so I did. Lately, I've read about updates that need to be downloaded, etc. Do these only apply to online access for the virtual console? I did not try out that functionality, but I'm thinking if that doesn't work out of the box, my kids can still play Zelda, Wii sports, Monkeyball, etc. Or am I missing something? Should I try the system more extensively than the 10 minutes or so, or should that be sufficient? How prevalent are problems with the console itself?
    lol dude just admit it! you want to play more... Go on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBuck
    So, I bought a Wii for my kids, and am now nervous and want to make sure that it works on Christmas morning. I fired up the system, played a game of Wii sports, and it was great! My wife was all over my case to put it away for Christmas morning, so I did. Lately, I've read about updates that need to be downloaded, etc. Do these only apply to online access for the virtual console? I did not try out that functionality, but I'm thinking if that doesn't work out of the box, my kids can still play Zelda, Wii sports, Monkeyball, etc. Or am I missing something? Should I try the system more extensively than the 10 minutes or so, or should that be sufficient? How prevalent are problems with the console itself?

    HAHA sounds like a case of i wanna play my kids toy more!!

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