When it comes to connecting your Wii to a TV set, you either go standard RCA analog (YCbCr) or component video (YPbPr) cables. With HDTVs, you also need a component video to HDMI converter for good measure to allow your component cables to connect to the HDMI ports of your HDTV. Regardless, if you want to play your Wii on a non-AV or non-RCA television set, you need to use component video cables or those and an HDMI converter.
Luckily, component cables are about as cheap if not cheaper than standard HDMI cables. You can also get decent converters at good prices from Amazon as well as Mediabridge if you’re willing to do customer-to-customer transactions for them.
With that out of the way, here’s how to connect Wii to tv with component cables.
Connecting Your Wii to a Standard TV with Component Cables
The Wii doesn’t come with its own component video cables, so you need to buy them separately at the electronics store. Don’t worry, they’re quite cheap.
- Preparing to Connect Your Wii to a Standard TV: You need to first locate the AV input jacks and component input jacks of your television. They’re usually found at the back of or behind the unit. They could sometimes end up at the front instead, right below the screen along with the manual controls. There are even some input jacks on the sides of the TV.
There might even be a hidden panel or door on the television you need to open to access these inputs. Look for any inputs marked “Audio In” and “Video In” or “Audio and Video In”. Check your television manual or instructions about the parts of your brand of TV on the Internet for more details. Avoid connecting the system to anything marked “Out”.
- Connect The Component Cables to Your Wii Then Your TV: Get the rectangular plug of your component video cable and stick it into the Digital AV port at the back of your Nintendo Wii. Afterward, connect the component cable to the TV in the right way. Link the right cable connector to the appropriate input jack. The component video’s YPbPr is the analog version of the digital YCbCr color space.
- Green: Y (Green).
- Blue: Pb/Cb (Blue).
- Red: Pr/Cr (Green).
- White: Audio Input Left (or Mono)
- Red: Audio Input Right (for Stereo)
Take note that the Red and White audio cables are bound together with a black band labeled as “audio” since the three RCA connectors cover only the “video” part of the signal. Yes, component cables only carry the video signal, unlike HDMI. You need separate audio cables to carry the audio signal from your Wii as well.
- In Regards to TVs with Progressive Scan: If your television comes with a Progressive Scan feature, you should enable your Progressive Scan Mode after you’ve completed connecting the component video cables to both your Wii and your TV. This will ensure that the console will output a Progressive Scan signal when all is said and done. Incidentally, this feature ensures that all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence for the sake of motion fidelity.
- As For The Input Select for The TV: After you’ve inserted all the cables to your TV, find the “Input Select” for the TV in order to view the Wii and whatever game CD it is playing. You can typically access this command by pressing the TV/Video button on the front panel of your TV’s manual command or on your remote control. If there’s more than one input channel (AV1, AV2, and so forth), keep pressing TV/Video until you get to the display that’s directly from your Nintendo console.
- What If There’s No TV/Video Button? If there’s no TV/Video button on the TV, then that just means the input is labeled as something else. Some common input selects or names to look for with your remote or TV panel includes the following—AV, AUX, EXT, Input, or Input Select. Alternatively, you might need to go to a specific channel to access the video for your Wii, such as Channel 99 or 00. Read your TV’s user manual for more details.
Connecting Your Wii to a Standard TV with Wii AV Cables
- The Nintendo Wii and Wii Mini: Nintendo also released a miniaturized version of the Wii known as the Wii Mini. It’s similar to how the PlayStation 4 has a slimmer version known aptly as the PlayStation 4 Slim. Console makers are always releasing a thinner, slimmer, and more portable version of their previous console successes. In any case, this version of the Wii is only compatible with Wii audio/video (AV) cables. Make sure to only use Wii AV cables that come packaged with the system for best results. They’re the ones with three RCA connectors.
- Using a Normal RCA or Composite AV Connection: If your TV has a composite AV connection then here is what you need to do (works with the Wii Mini as well). Connect the Wii AV cable’s square side into the “AV Multi Out” port at the back of your Nintendo Wii. Connect the white, yellow, and red AV cables on the opposite side of the Wii AV cable unto the white, yellow, and red AV inputs of your TV. Change your TV to AV display mode and turn on the Wii.
- After Your TV Goes Into Video or AV Mode: Wait for the Wii logo to appear on the screen. Once that’s done, you’re now through. The connection is working properly. You can now finish up by loading in the proper settings. Wait for the Wii Channel Menu to load. Select on the channel menu the “Wii” icon at the bottom of the menu then choose “Wii Settings” then “Screen” then “TV Resolution”. Select “EDTV or HDTV (480p)” before hitting confirm. You’ve now set up your Wii to run on your AV connection.
Connecting Your Wii to an HDTV Using Component Cables
Your best bet in running your Wii with a High-Definition Television set is to get composite cables and a component video to HDMI converter to allow them to connect to your HDTV’s HDMI port.
- Component Cables Aid in Connecting the Wii to the HDTV: Yes, you can use the Wii’s AV cables and an AV to HDMI converter instead of component cables and a component video to HDMI converter, but the component connection actually gives off a better, clearer transmission for HD. The component cable and converter combo also work with modern-day projectors with an HDMI port or an HD computer monitor. The converter essentially works as the middleman between the Wii’s component output and the HDTV’s HDMI input.
- A Link To The Future and The Past: The component to HDMI converter, adapter, extractor, or cable serves as a link to the past and SD-standard televisions with component inputs and a link to the future, which are HDTVs and the HDMI standard. Just connect your Wii to the component cable’s rectangular plug then link the green, blue, and red video cables as well as the red and white audio cables to the appropriate slots on the converter. Afterward, just insert the converter’s HDMI connector unto the HDMI port of your HDTV and go to AV or Video mode.
- Turn on The Systems in Order: First off, turn on your component to HDMI converter. Such systems or devices typically require a DC power supply to run properly. Afterward, turn on your HDTV then change the channel to the correct one for AV use (especially if the TV uses two or more HDMI ports). Make sure to go to your HDTV’s menu and select the right HDMI port. Sometimes, all you have to do is switch from AV1 to AV2. Other times, you have to select the specific port before going to Video mode. Some TVs even have Game Mode included. Read your TV’s instruction manual for more details.
- Finishing Up Your Setup: Additionally, once you do get to AV mode, turn on your Wii and wait for the Wii logo to appear onscreen. From there, go through the sequence of menus needed to access and select the “EDTV or HDTV (480p)” option once more to properly setup your Wii for use with your HDTV. Now you can play with your NIntendo Wii. Insert the CD you want to play with (the console typically comes bundled with Wii Sports) and then play to your heart’s content with the upscaled 480p resolution while wondering at the back of your mind why such an advanced system lacked a basic HDMI output.
The Nintendo Wii is in the same generation of consoles like the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Somehow in the era where gaming was moving towards high-definition 1080p gaming, the Wii discarded having an HDMI connection in favor of motion controls and a regular AV connection you’d normally use for PS2, Xbox, or Game Cube era consoles. Again, like with the cartridges versus compact disc debacle of the late 1990s, Nintendo is again one step left behind.
This is ironic, since even without the HDMI connection, the Wii is the best-selling console of its generation, outselling the Xbox 360 and PS3 by a country mile. All the same, cheap component cables are typically the way to go to allow your Wii to play on a non-AV CRT TV or HDTV.