How to hook up a Wii to a TV?

How to hook up a Wii to a TV 1

The Wii is a legendary console of the past, known for its ability to have more interactive controls, especially for sports. A true classic, it gives off a heavy sense of nostalgia; many kids, especially from the 90s and early 2000s will remember countless games that they’ve seen in the consoles of this generation.

Whether it’s your sports-simulating games or the other games at the time that was also as enjoyable as they were in consoles that use traditional controllers. Wii has opened a lot of opportunities for the future of gaming, and will never be forgotten by gamers, especially of that era.

You might be wondering, is the Wii connectable to modern TVs? The answer is yes. From component cables to HDMIs, we are able to connect the Wii console to pretty much any TV that we have. Even those small laptop-like TV setups have plugs that the Wii console is connectable to.

How to Connect a Wii to a TV With RCA Cables

a RCA Cable

an RCA Cable


  • Find an RCA Cable (Yellow, Red, White) and connect to the TV. The Yellow jack is connected to the “Video input right”. The red and white jack is connected to the “Audio input right”.
Connect a RCA Cable to a TV

Connect an RCA Cable to a TV

  • Plug the other side of the RCA Cable (the rectangular part) into the Wii.
Connect Cable to Wii

Connect Cable to Wii

  • Turn the Wii console on then switch the input modes on the TV.
  • Enjoy games on Wii.

How to Connect Wii to TV With Component Cables 

Most TVs have the ubiquitous set of five plugs with colors white, red, blue, and green. These are what we call “component cables,” and the Wii console is connectable through these cables! All we have to do is:

  • Step 1: Find the plugs for the component cables in the TV. Usually, these are found on the back or on the sides of the TV. Look for five holes next to each other, and have the colors white, red and green, and blue on them. The plugs should indicate “input in,” as otherwise, it would not work.
  • Step 2: Connect the rectangular part of the component cables into the digital AV out port of the Wii console. This can be seen on the back of the system.
  • Step 3: Connect the component video cables to the television in this particular order:
    • For audio jacks; red is connected to the “Audio input right” section while white is for “Audio input left.” The white plug can also be called “mono.”
    • For video jacks; Pr/Cr is connected to red, Pb/Cb is connected to blue, and Y is connected to green.

a Component Cable

  • Step 4: If the TV is able to do a progressive scan, you have to enable “progressive scan mode” on the Wii system. Once it outputs a progressive scan, we can move on to the next step.
  • Step 5: Turn the power button on the Wii console once the cables have been inserted. Find the input selection in order to view the game, which can mostly be found by pressing the “input” button on the TV buttons or on the remote. It should move to the input portion of the component cables, which will show the screen of the Wii console. The input button might be called something else, even in other countries that also have English as their official language. If found, keep on pressing the button until it changes to the Wii console screen.
  • Step 6: Remember that component cables are sold separately from the console, and when you do not have one at your disposal, you have to buy it as well. Component cables are very common though and can be seen in many stores that sell appliances and gadgets. Even cell phone stores in your area have the chance to sell these cables for cheap! However, in these times, buying online can be a safe alternative.

How to Connect Wii to TV With HDMI?

While many TVs have component cables in their backs or sides, it has been going out of fashion by the late 2010s. Now, HDMIs and DisplayPorts are becoming more common. High data transfer rate, less wire clutter, and most importantly, they have all audio and video components fitted into one wire jack. Could it get any better than this?

The thing is though, the original Wii does not have the HDMI ports that many modern TVs have today. Who’s stopping you from playing it through the HDMI-exclusive TV, though? Definitely not the Wii. Here are the steps in order to connect the Wii to an HDMI display source:

  1. Connect the HDMI adapter into the back part of your Wii console. Afterward, insert your HDMI cable into the adapter.
  2. Find the HDMI port on the TV, which is usually located by the underside or the back. Plug the other side of the HDMI into the TV.
  3. Afterward, turn the Wii console on and then switch the input modes on your TV. This can be found on your remote control or the buttons of your TV itself. The name has “input” on it, and you just have to press it a few times until your TV scrolls to the screen of your Wii system.


1. Can you convert Wii to HDMI?

Yes. Since the original Wii console has AV and Component Cable plugs only, you have to acquire an adaptor to convert AV cables into HDMI. You are able to get one through online means or may luckily find one in your gadgets store; they are rare, however.

2.  Are we able to view these on our TVs in HD?

The short answer is no. The long answer is that the original Wii is only able to output in 480p 4:3 at most, and in some instances may be 16:9 if the game you’re playing has the programming to do so. However, there are modded versions of the Wii where you can have the HDMI port natively and can display up to 600p and 720p resolutions on your TV. Expect higher prices and a few issues with original Wii support on these consoles though, as they are technically tampered; purchase at your own risk!


Yes, the Wii is very much playable through modern TVs in most instances. Even if the console has seen its prime more than a decade ago, it has games that remind many people of their younger years; whether for the sake of nostalgia or as a pastime. With correct wiring setups and maybe an adaptor, we are able to set up the Wii on these modern display devices, no questions asked.

Author: James Core

I write dozens of helpful informational articles based on topics that I have identified again and again throughout my research and work experience. I am here to help you find the right CABLE AND CONVERTER for your needs.

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