How to Manage User Profiles on a Nintendo Wii U

1 Manage Profiles

Having a Nintendo Network ID and Local User profile on Wii U will enable the console to store your saved game data, achievements, screenshots and video to the cloud as well as remember your preferences.

What you need before you start:

  • The Nintendo Wii U should be connected to a reliable Internet connection.

? What would you like to do?

  1. Create a Nintendo Network ID
  2. Create a new user profile
  3. Delete a User Profile
  4. Nothing, I'm done
  5. Create a Child's Account
  6. Edit Parental Controls

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Having a Nintendo Network ID and Local User profile on Wii U will enable the console to store your saved game data, achievements, screenshots and video to the cloud as well as remember your preferences.

What you need before you start:

  • The Nintendo Wii U should be connected to a reliable Internet connection.
  1. On the Wii U Menu, select the Mii character in the upper-left corner to access the User Settings.
    Wii u gamepad showing Mii selected.

  2. Select Create / Link Nintendo ID.
    Wii u gamepad screen showing create a new id

  3. Select Next to proceed through the screens.
  4. When asked if you already have a Nintendo Network ID, select No.
    New user creation screen highlighting the No button.

  5. You will be prompted to link a Nintendo Network ID and create a Mii character or select one that has already been created.
  6. Follow the on screen instructions.
  7. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to complete the e-mail verification process.
  8. The Nintendo Network icon should now appear next to your Mii on the User Select screen.

A New User account (local account) can be linked to a Nintendo Network ID at any time after it is created. Once a Nintendo Network ID is linked to the account, the system's online features will be available.

  1. On the Wii U Menu, select the Mii character Mii character icon in the upper-left corner to access the User Settings.
    A wii u gamepad showing the mii character selected

  2. Select Switch User.
  3. Select Add New User.
    Wii u add new user button

  4. Select Next to proceed through the screens.
  5. When asked if you already have a Nintendo Network ID, select No and select Next.
    Wii u new user page

  6. Once the Mii has been registered, select Next.
  7. When asked if you would like to create a new Nintendo Network ID, select Later.
  8. When asked whether you would like to enable Parental Controls for this account, select Not Now if Parental Controls aren't needed.
  9. Once the process is finished, you will be brought to the Wii U HOME menu.
  1. On the Wii U Menu, select the Mii character Wii u mii icon in the upper-left corner to access the User Settings.
    Nintendo wii u gamepad showing mii icon highlighted

  2. Select the User Account that you want to delete and select Delete This User.
    Wii u screen showing delete user button

  3. The nickname and Nintendo Network ID associated to the account will display.
  4. Select Next to continue.
  5. Select Understood to agree to delete the save data and play times associated with the user.
  6. Select Next to continue.
  7. Select Delete. Your Nintendo Network ID will not be deleted, and can be relinked to the same system in the future.
  8. Select OK to return to the Wii U HOME Menu.

If you already have a Nintendo Account

  1. Sign In to your Nintendo Account at "http://accounts.nintendo.com".
  2. Select Parental Controls.
  3. Select Create an account for a child.
    Nintendo parental control page showing create an account for a child highlighted

  4. Next, enter information for the child who will use the account.
  5. After confirming the content, select OK.

If you do not already have a Nintendo Account

  1. Visit "http://accounts.nintendo.com".
  2. Select Create a Nintendo Account and follow the instructions on screen.
  3. After creating the parent or guardian's Nintendo Account, follow the instructions above to create a child account.
  1. From the Wii U main menu, select Parental Controls.
    Wii u parental controls icon
  2. Tap Next.
    Parental controls starting up
  3. Tap Next.
    Make sure there are no kids around when you configure your controls
  4. Create the 4-digit PIN.
    Creating the 4 digit pin
  5. Enter the PIN again.
    Entering the PIN a second time for confirmation
  6. Select OK.
    OK button
  7. You'll need to select a secret question. This is in case you forget the PIN.
    Selecting a question
  8. Type in your answer.
    Nintendo Wii U secret answer
  9. Tap OK to confirm your answer.
    Confirming your answer
  10. Select OK.
    Confirmation of set PIN and question
  11. Another fail safe if you forget your PIN, is signing up an email address. You can select Next to type in your email address or select X No E-mail Address.
    Deciding whether to sign up an email
  12. You're now ready to set your Parental Control Restrictions.
    Parental control main page
  13. Using the Gamepad, select the Mii of the user you want to adjust the Parental Controls of.
    Mii user selection
  14. You can adjust game ratings, online interactions, apps, and shopping. If a restricted user tries to access the item, they will need to input the saved PIN.
  15. You can adjust these settings at any time using the PIN. You can also delete or reset all the settings at once by using the Delete All Settings button.
    Wii u parental controls delete all settings button
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