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One of the most popular posts on my blog dates back to my early posts and experience with my Nintentdo Wii Remotes and the troubles I initially had getting them to sync. In fact, if you even search in Google for "Wii Remote Won't Sync", my page comes back as the first search result.
Naturally, as you might imagine -- with the release of Wii Fit and the assocatiated Wii Fit Balance Board in the United States this week -- I have received number of questions on issues sync problems between the new Wii Fit Balance Board and the Nintendo Wii console. Based on the number of questions, it made perfect sense for me to follow up with a post on how you can sync and troubleshoot sync problems with your Nintendo Wii Fit Balance Board.
Luckily, the instuctions that Nintendo provides with the Wii Fit Balance Board are much better than the instructions with the Wiimotes, so we'll first cover those instructions of of the box, then talk about a couple of areas where problems can arise.
With those instuctions and in most cases, your Wii Fit Balance Board will now be ready for use. If it is not, thus far there have been two common symptoms that have thus far been identified.
Synchronizing the Wii Balance Board with your Wii Console
IMPORTANT: To operate correctly, the Wii Balance Board must be synchronized with the Wii console using Standard Mode Synchronization. Follow the steps below to synchronize the board to the console.
- This procedure must be followed for each Wii Balance Board compatible Game Disc.
- These synchronization settings will be saved even if the console is turned off.
- This procedure can be completed only if a compatible Game Disc is running in the console.
- Press the EJECT Button on the front of the Wii console and remove any
game disc if necessary. Insert a Wii Balance Board compatible Game Disc.
- Use the Wii Remote to select the Disc Channel on the Wii Menu screen and select START.
- Open the SD Card slot cover on the front of the Wii console.
NOTE: Close the SD Card slot cover when you are finished with the synchronization procedure.
- Remove the Battery Cover on the bottom of the Wii Balance Board.
NOTE: Replace the Battery Cover when you are finished with the aynchronization procedure.
- Press the SYNCHRO Button (SYNC.) on the Wii Balance Board. The Power LED on the board will start blinking (for up to about 20 seconds).
- Press the SYNCHRO Button (SYNC.) on the console while the Power LED on the board is blinking.
IMPORTANT: Do not press and hold the SYNCHRO Button on the Wii console down for more than 10 seconds. This will delete all of the Standard Mode synchronization information for all Wii Remotes that you use with that console.
- The Power LED will stop blinking and light steadily once the synchronization is
complete. You are now ready to play the Wii Balance Board compatible Game Disc. Please refer to the instruction booklet for the Game Disc you are using for further information on gameplay.
- Only one Wii Balance Board can be synchronized to a Wii console at a time. Up to a total of 10 Wii Remotes and accessories can be synchronized to a console at any time with the Standard Mode procedure. If additional synchronizations are made, the oldest existing ones will be overwritten.
- The Wii Balance Board can only be synchronized to one console at a time using the Standard Mode procedure. If you change the console you are using the board with, you will have to repeat the synchronization procedure each time.
- The Wii Balance Board uses the Player 4 (P4) connection. If a Wii Remote is actively using P4, that remote will be disconnected while the board is being used.
Note: If you are experiencing additional symptoms or problems, please post a comment below so I can help you figure out the problem and update this post for others!
These problems are in order of the most to least common:
1. The Wii Fit game must actually be loaded and running. In step 2 above, it mentions to press "Start" for the game that uses the Wii Balance Board before starting the next steps. It should be more clear that you do not only need to start the game, but you must also wait for the game to be running for the sync to occur. If you sync from the Wii Menu or Wii Channel Menu, it may appear to sync, but will not save.
2. Dead batteries. In a couple of cases, the batteries included with the Wii Fit Balance Board have arrived dead. Make sure you have a set of 4 spare AA batteries to try this step.
3. Too much time between hitting the sync / synchro buttons. Make sure you are relatively close to your Wii Console when pressing the Synchro / Sync button on the Wii Fit Balance Board. As soon as you see the power light flash, immediately press the sync button on the Wii Console.