How to Make the Wii Sensor Bar Better

Written by veronica summers
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Unlike other game systems where only your thumbs get a workout, playing the Nintendo Wii you can exercise your whole body due to the Wii's unique control system. Using the Wii Remote, any actions that your arm makes, like swinging a bat or throwing a ball, takes place in the game you are playing. The Wii Sensor Bar is a thin, metal bar that sits above or below your TV, and is critical to getting your best game performance. Since the Wii Sensor Bar is what records your arm movements and transfers them to the game, removing light sources and changing some simple Wii Sensor Bar options can greatly improve your gaming experience.

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  1. 1

    Remove all bright light sources near the Wii console. Because the Wii senses infrared signals from the Wii Remote, any high-intensity light sources can disrupt this signal. Extinguish all candles, flames in a fireplace and Christmas lights. Close curtains or blinds to block out sunlight. Turn off space heaters and only use low-level lamps in the room where you are playing.

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    Adjust the Wii Sensor Bar settings by turning on the Wii and clicking on the Wii button on the lower left of the Wii Startup menu.

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    Select "Wii Settings."

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    Click the blue arrow to view the second page of the Wii System Settings menu. Scroll down and select "Sensor Bar."

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    Select "Sensitivity." On the Sensitivity screen, you can adjust the sensitivity of the Sensor Bar for optimal game performance.

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    Stand where you normally play the Wii with the Wii Remote in your hand. Point the Wii Remote at the Sensor Bar. You should see two blinking dots. If you don't see two blinking dots, adjust the Sensor Bar by pressing the + and - buttons on the Wii Remote until the two dots appear in the grey box.

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    Select "Confirm" to save the new Sensitivity Settings.

Tips and warnings

  • If you see more than two blinking lights, the Wii is picking up background noise from a light source near the console. Look at the TV screen. If any object is causing a reflection on the screen, remove it or turn it off. Refer to Step 1 for other ideas for what may be causing disruptive signals to the Wii Sensor Bar.
  • The Wii Sensor Bar optimally picks up signals from 6 to 10 feet away. You can change the Sensitivity to pick up Wii Remote signals from farther away, but the greater the Sensitivity, the greater the impact that light sources in the room will have on the Sensor Bar.

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