Company Website: What is Wii U?
The Wii U is the 2012 successor to the wildly popular Nintendo Wii gaming console. It’s the first Nintendo system to support HD graphics, designed to compete with the Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox One. According to Wikipedia: “The system’s primary controller is the Wii U GamePad, which features an embedded touchscreen, and combines directional buttons, analog sticks, and action buttons. The screen can be used either as a supplement to the main display or in supported games, to play the game directly on the GamePad independently of the television.”
Wii U Set-up Step 1: Set up OpenDNS on your home’s router (this is necessary in order to filter web content, since the Wii U doesn’t have a content filter of its own, yet it obviously does connect to the Internet).
Wii U Step 2: There is a decent suit of parental controls for turning off the browser (recommended), setting time limits (recommended), and setting game rating limits (recommended). It’s a lengthy process, but worth the time to set it up correctly, once. You can read about the controls in this article, or watch the video below.
Note: If you forget the 4-digit pin and your answer to the secret question, you can reset the parental controls, but it will require a $0.50 payment to Nintendo by credit card. This means it’s possible for a kid to hack the parental controls, but the need for a credit card does help as a mild deterrent to young kids.