6 Ways to Connect Your Nintendo Wii to Any Type of TV
Your Nintendo Wii is older than your new TV, and it looks as though you can’t connect the two. Will you have to sacrifice progress on Super Mario Galaxy, or are you missing something?
You can use all sorts of cables to connect your Wii to your TV, like RGB, VGA, and HDMI. So, in this article, we’ll explain how to connect your Nintendo Wii to your TV, regardless of what type.
My Wii Doesn’t Have the Right TV Port
You’re concerned that your Nintendo Wii doesn’t have a TV-out option that fits your new TV. However, despite first impressions, several methods of connecting the Nintendo Wii to a TV are available. These rely on the standard AV cable, which can be used to connect the Wii to a TV via:
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 and HD Ready TVs) should help you to connect your Wii to almost any type of television.
Note that whichever solution you use, you’re limited to the Nintendo Wii’s maximum output resolution of 480p.
1. The Nintendo Wii’s Default TV Cables
Shipping with the Nintendo Wii was a proprietary cable, the Wii AV Cable. This connects to the Nintendo Wii at one end, and the RCA TV inputs at the other. (Red and white are for audio; yellow is for video.)
Once connected, and the console switched on, you will be able to view the Wii using your remote’s TV/Video button. Can’t find this? Look instead for Input Select, EXT, AUX, or AV. You might also try browsing to channel 00 or 99.
This brief instruction should be all you need to get your Nintendo Wii connected to any compatible Smart TV.
2. S-Video Cables and the Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii can also be enjoyed with an S-Video cable connected to your TV.
The RCA connectors might also be included, giving you the option to use either depending on your TV. For S-Video connections, however, connect the red and white audio cables to your TV 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).
With both TV and Wii powered up, use your remote control (see above) to find the signal from your Wii.
3. 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. SCART is easily extendable, supporting splitters and switched hubs for multiple connections, much like a USB hub.
RCA to SCART adapters aren’t as common as they used to be. If you were lucky, one might have been included with your Nintendo Wii. Otherwise, you’ll need to buy a new one.
With three inputs (red, white, and yellow) once the RCA cable is plugged in, you can connect the SCART to the back of your TV, switch the input mode, and view the SCART input channel on your TV.
4. Connecting the Nintendo Wii to a VGA Monitor
Again, using an adapter, you can also connect your Nintendo Wii to a VGA monitor with an RCA to VGA breakout cable. 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 PC.
Yes, that’s right, the Wii is one of the devices on which you can install Linux.
Here, simply connect the cable to the VGA input on the TV or monitor, then to your Wii’s RCA cable. Switch on the display device, and ensure that the input option is set to VGA.
5. Using Component Cable Input With the Wii
Available for under $10, a component cable will connect the Nintendo Wii to the component input ports behind your TV. This is an increasingly rare collection of five inputs, two for audio, three for video.
With a device like the one shown, connect the red and white audio jacks into the matching inputs, and the green, blue, and red likewise. In the rare but occasional absence of matching color coding on the inputs, pay attention instead to the labels.
For audio, this means red is right, left is white. For video, green is Y, blue is Pb/Cb, and red is 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). Next, set Widescreen Settings to Widescreen 16:9, then click Confirm.
This video explains in more detail:
Note that component inputs are 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!
6. How to Connect Your Nintendo Wii to a Smart TV With an HDMI Adapter
Originally, the component cable option was the only way to connect the Wii reliably to a HDTV. However, a Wii to HDMI adapter also produces a good quality image on a Smart TV.
Just connect one to your Nintendo Wii, hook up a HDMI cable and plug it into your TV. View the output on the HDMI channel using Input Select or a similar option on your TV remote.
It’s a quick, simple solution to connect your Nintendo Wii to any Smart TV using HDMI.
Dolby Surround Sound Options
Although digital audio isn’t available on the Nintendo Wii, you can still get good sound. Mono, stereo, and surround—specifically, Dolby Pro Logic II—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.
(Not sure about audio options? See our guide to surround sound standards .)
Easily Connect Your Nintendo Wii to Any TV
It doesn’t matter that you no longer own the TV you connected your Wii to all those years ago. Whether you’re using an old TV with SCART or relying on a HDMI converter, you can still connect your Wii to your TV.
Although 480p is the best quality resolution it can manage, all of your old games will be ready to play. Not only that, you can enjoy some classic video games with these great emulators for the Nintendo Wii .