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Connecting a Wii to Your TV

This article will describe how to connect a Wii gaming console to a standard definition TV.

For instructions on connecting your Wii to the Internet, click here.

Wii Rear Panel

Wii Rear-View 

There are three cables that connect to the Wii: the AC Adapter (a.k.a. power cord); the A/V connector (which has three colored plugs on one end); and the Sensor Bar. The plug of each is distinctly shaped, so each cable plug will only fit in one port in the back of the Wii. (The two small, same-sized ports are for USB devices – ignore them for now). Plug the AC Adapter into the largest of the three ports. Plug the Sensor Bar plug into the small red port. Plug the A/V Cable into the remaining port.

The Yellow connector is for the Video input, the White connector is for Audio Input Left (or Mono), and the Red connector is for Audio Input Right.

AV Cable Connection:

Wii Cable Connection

To connect your Wii to your television, find the sockets on your TV that, like the A/V Cable, are colored yellow, white and red. The sockets are generally on the back of the TV, although you might also find them on the side or front. You may have more than one set of ports, in which case you can use any of them. Insert each plug into a port of the same color.

Once the cables are inserted and the Wii is powered on, you must find the Input Select for your TV to view the game (it is likely not going to be seen on Channel 3 or 4. Typically, this is found by pressing the TV/Video button on the Television’s front panel or remote control.  If you have more than one input channel, keep pressing TV/Video until you see the display from the Wii.

If you do not have a TV/Video button, then the input could be labeled something different. Some other common input selects to look for are Input, Input Select, EXT, AUX or a channel such as 00 or 99.

As the Wii does not yet have high definition games, there are no specific HDMI connections.  Adapters can be purchased to use the Nintendo provided cable on a TV equipped with more advanced connections, but note that Nintendo does not support these connections.

For additional support, refer to the owner’s manual or www.Nintendo.com.

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