Wii Parental Controls

Well, today is Easter.  That means, if anything is going to go wrong with the kids’ gaming system, today is the day.  Why?  Because you can’t call tech support on a holiday (or a weekend for that matter) and get help.

My son wanted to play on the Wii and download one of the games that requires Wii Points.  Like any responsible parent would, I enabled Parental Controls on the Wii when I set it up.  And like 90% of the parents out there (based on the google searches I found), I somehow managed to forget the PIN.  After trying every combination of numbers I could think I’d ever use, the Wii decided I’d gone too far, and asked me my recovery question.  “What is my favorite movie?”  Now, this should not be a hard question!  But… every attempt in that area failed too!  Still no Parental Controls unlock.

At some point, the Wii said, call consumer support, give them this 7 digit number and they’ll give you a master password.  Wii Support is closed.  Luckily, being a man of resources and desperate to stop the crying (me), I turned to my trusty search engine.  It didn’t take me long to realize that I was not alone in my plight… I found a website that indicated a guy named Marcan had written a script that would provide a code.  I obligingly clicked the link, which presented a very simple page, enter the number and today’s date.  Viola a Parental Controls Master Password!

Now comes the test, I run downstairs with the number and enter it into my Wii… and… Life is good again!

The program to generate the code can be found at:  http://wii.marcansoft.com/parental.psp

Now, I do have to say that I am a little confused as to what number I might have originally picked, or what movie for that matter… but it’s up and running now, and I’ve made sure to tell my wife the info as well.  I now also have a nifty program GPass, which lets me store and encrypt passwords.  So I just need to remember the key to unlock that program.

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