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Your Nintendo Wii is older than your TV, and now you’re struggling to connect it. Could this mean sacrificing progress on Super Mario Galaxy, or is there something you’re missing?

Despite first impressions, several methods of connecting the Nintendo Wii to a TV are available, via component, AV, S-Video, even HDMI. If your new TV is short of legacy inputs, or you have multiple devices vying for the same ports, the following instructions – intended for HD (high definition) and HD Ready TVs should help you to connect your Wii to pretty much any type of television.

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The Nintendo Wii’s Default TV Cables

Shipping with the Nintendo Wii was a proprietary cable, the Wii AV Cable. This is designed to connect to the Nintendo Wii at one end, and the RCA TV inputs – red and white for audio, yellow for the picture – at the other.

Once connected, and the Wii switched on, you will be able to view the picture from the Wii using the TV/Video button on your remote. If this is unavailable or doesn’t work, look instead for Input Select, EXT, AUX, AV, or browse to a channel such as 00 or 99.

In the vast majority of cases, this brief instruction should be all you need to get your Nintendo Wii connected to a TV set.

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S-Video Cables and the Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii can also be enjoyed with an S-Video cable to your TV.

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This cable, when bought, will almost certainly include the RCA connectors as well, giving you the option to use either depending on your TV. For S-Video connections, however, you’ll need the red and white audio cables to be connected to your television as well as the S-Video. Typically, these will be grouped together on the back or side of your TV (occasionally hidden behind a door).

Once connected to the TV and the Wii, and both devices are switched on, you will be able to use the Input Select or similar button on your remote control (see above) to find the signal from your Wii and begin enjoying your game.

Using a SCART Connector with the Nintendo Wii

Want to use the SCART connector on your TV? If you’re limited for ports, this might be a good option, as the SCART is also easily extendable, supporting splitters and switched hubs for multiple connections, in some ways like a USB hub.

But the Nintendo Wii doesn’t come with a SCART connector, does it?

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Well, no. But RCA to SCART adaptors are quite common, and very compact. A device like this comes with three inputs, red, white and yellow, and once the RCA cable is plugged into these, you can then connect the SCART to the back of your TV, switch Input mode, and on your TV browse to the SCART input channel.

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You’re now ready to continue Lego Star Wars (or whatever game you’re currently playing).

Connecting the Nintendo Wii to a VGA Monitor

Using the same principle of adaptors and cables, you can also connect your Nintendo Wii to a VGA monitor. This is particularly useful if your Wii has been relegated to a back room, for instance, or you’re using it as a PC after installing Linux Not Just For Desktops: 10 Devices You Can Install Linux On Not Just For Desktops: 10 Devices You Can Install Linux On If you're looking for a new Linux project take a look at this list of devices you can install Linux on. Read More .

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Again, simply connect the cable to the VGA input on the TV or monitor, hook it up to your Wii, switch on the display device, and ensure that the input select option is set to VGA.

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Using Component Cable Input with the Wii

Available for under $10, a component cable will connect the Nintendo Wii to the component input jacks on the back or side of your TV. This is an increasingly rare collection of five inputs, two for audio, three video.

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If you purchase a device like the one shown, you’ll begin by connecting the red and white audio connectors into the matching inputs, and the green, blue and red likewise. In the rare but occasional absence of matching color coding on the inputs, you’ll need to pay attention to the labels.

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For audio, this means red is right, left is white. For video, green is Y, blue is Pb/Cb, and red Pr/Cr. With the cable connected at both ends, select the correct input mode on your remote control; note that if the TV has Progressive Scan, this will need to be enabled before you can see images from the Nintendo Wii. You’ll also need to open Settings > Wii Settings > Screen and set the TV Resolution setting to EDTV or HDTV (480p) and Widescreen Settings to Widescreen 16:9, clicking Confirm after both changes are made.

This video explains in more detail:

Note that component inputs, are regularly found alongside the RCA inputs, as the red/white audio cables can be used for both. Make sure you get the right cables in the right ports!

Be aware, however, that with the advent of HDMI, component is an increasingly rare collection of inputs.

The Nintendo Wii and HDMI

Originally, the component cable option was the only way to connect the Wii reliably to a HDTV. Happily, it is now possible to use a HDMI converter for audio and video to produce a good quality image on a HD or HD Ready TV.

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It’s a quick, simple solution to connecting your Nintendo Wii to any available HDTV using the most popular modern video connection standard.

Dolby Surround Sound Options

Although digital audio isn’t present for the Nintendo Wii, you can still get good sound. Mono, Stereo and Surround – specifically, Dolby Prologic II Dolby Digital, DTS, THX: Surround Sound Standards Explained Dolby Digital, DTS, THX: Surround Sound Standards Explained Although there are only three main players in the surround sound industry, each has their own subsets of technology as it relates to surround. Read More – are available, the latter providing a simulated surround sound ideal for entertainment systems with a surround sound setup.

To switch between these options, open Settings > System Settings > Sound, and make your choice. Remember to Confirm your choice when you’re done.

Do these TV connection options work for you? Have you managed to connect your Nintendo Wii to an input we haven’t covered here? Tell us about it in the comments!

  1. Mag
    September 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    What are the options for the new wii u console?? No hdmi on my tv

    • Christian Cawley
      September 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      You should be able to use the old-style Wii AV cable on the WiiU.

  2. Maxine
    September 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Got an hdmi converter for my wii. Have picture but no sound.

  3. Chels
    August 8, 2016 at 4:04 am

    My tv doesn't have the yellow plug? What else can I do to connect my wii?

  4. Karen Larkin
    July 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Is there a way to connect the Wii using the USB port? It's the only open option on my TV. Thank you!

    • Christian Cawley
      July 21, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Sadly not, Karen - if you have a USB port on your TV, it's typically for engineers to run updates, or with newer models, to view media stored on a USB device.

  5. laura
    May 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Thanks for this article. I just ordered the HDMI converter from Amazon. Crossing my fingers that it works.

  6. likefun butnot
    February 5, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I've found that the Wii emulates just fine on a decent PC. Its peripherals are bluetooth.
    Why bother with a noisy console with outdated connectivity options at all?

    • Christian Cawley
      February 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

      It's a fair point! But emulation isn't always an option that's open.

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