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Question:

How do I set up Rock Band 2 for Wii?

Answer:

Hello to all the new Wii Rockers!


We've put together a pretty comprehensive step by step walk through for setting up Rock Band 2. All of this info is included in the Rock Band 2 instruction manual and the instrument specific manuals in the Rock Band 2 bundle, but we wanted to put it all in one place for easy reading. These instruction manuals will prove to be invaluable during set up, so be sure to check them often for reference when you need to. Let's begin!


  1. Open Box.

  2. Remove the bright pink sheet of paper that contains your warranty info. Make sure you don’t throw this out with the rest of the packing in case you need it later.

  3. Pull out the Rock Band 2 disc. The instruction manual inside will contain info that will help you with set up and game play.

  4. Pull out the guitar in the long white box in the center of the bundle.

  5. Make sure to read the instrument instruction manual first. It will give you more detailed instructions on how to proceed with the next few steps, including how to:

    • Attach the headstock to the neck of the Fender guitar.
    • Insert batteries into the compartment on the back of the guitar body.
    • Attach the guitar strap.
    • Turn on the guitar using the switch on the back.
    • Sync the Rock Band 2 guitar to the Wii using the dongle.
  6. To sync the guitar peripheral to your Wii you’ll have to plug the white dongle into one of the Wii’s USB ports. Press down the guitar icon button until it flashes blue. Press and hold the sync button on the dongle and then press and hold the sync button beneath the whammy bar on the guitar. The Wii will then assign the guitar to one of the open controller profiles and you can start shredding.

  7. Remove the Rock Band 2 mic from the pouch tethered to the inside of the bundle.

  8. Insert the mic into one of the free USB ports on the Wii.

  9. The mic won’t need to be synced like the guitar, but you will need to have a Wii remote handy to sign the mic into game play, navigate through menus, and change vocal settings. Once your mic is plugged in and your Wii remote is synced to the Wii you will be able to start belting out the tunes.

  10. Next come the drums. Everything left in the bundle should be part of your drum kit at this point.

  11. In between the legs of the drum kit and the side of the box you’ll find a plastic pouch containing the Rock Band 2 drum instruction manual as well as a sweet set of Rock Band 2 stickers. The manual will provide an illustrated walkthrough detailing how to:

    • a. Set up your Rock Band 2 drum kit.
    • b. Insert batteries into the compartment on the underside of the drum pads.
    • c. Sync your drum set to the Wii.
  12. Remove the dongle from its pouch and plug it into a free USB port, either on the Wii or another dongle.

  13. Set out the base / legs for the drum set and connect them with the support beams.

  14. Slide the legs to the drum set into the base. Adjust them to an equal height using the latches on the side.

  15. Place the drum pads on the legs and lock them into place using the latches on the back.

  16. Rest the kick pedal on the support beams and connect the pedal by inserting the plug in the orange slot on the back of the drum pads.

  17. To connect the drums to the Wii, you will need to turn on the drums using the switch on the bottom of the pads. Press the drum icon button until it flashes blue. Press and hold the sync button on the dongle and then press and hold the sync button on the underside of the drum pads. The Wii will then assign the drums to one of the open controller profiles and you can start whaling.

  18. With all three instruments synced to the Wii you’ll be set to rock out as a full band. The instruction manual included with your Rock Band 2 disc will walk you through the main menu and point you to Quickplay, World Tour, and all the other juicy play modes in Rock Band 2.

  19. If you have any problems getting your instruments synced or experience any problems with hardware, check out the bright pink sheet you found way back at step number 2 for EA Customer Support info. They should be able to walk you through any issues you may experience. You can also check out the Tech Support section of the RockBand.com forums for more helpful info.

    LET THERE BE ROCK!

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