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How To Connect The Wii To An HDMI Adapter

by: Dabe ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Connecting the Wii to an HDTV is a pretty standard affair, however less tech saavy people may struggle to theorise on how it may be done, hence this guide to using a HDMI adapter and the Wii's component cables to connect into an HDTV. Read on for the requirements and individual steps...

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    Using A Wii HDMI Adapter

    Sacrificing technical progress for the self-proclaimed “revolutionary" motion control system, Nintendo created the Wii console, with an experience tailored towards interaction. Unfortunately, this choice to focus on the abstraction of control methods led to the Wii being absent of true HD gaming, which has been championed by rivals Microsoft and Sony since their respective consoles were released inside this gaming generations bracket.

    The Wii’s native resolution of 480p can still be connected to an HD television however with the use of a Wii HDMI adapter. This is imperative given the rise in high-definition television’s across the globe and being able to use a Wii-HDMI adapter connection will help to alleviate the fear of having to stave off that brand new HD television or needing two TV’s to play on all three consoles of this generation.

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    Connecting The Wii-HDMI Adapter Link To An HDTV

    This guide should show all the simple steps you need to do in order to connect your Wii to an HDMI port. Before we list those required steps however; there a couple of points that should be noted. Wii 002   Firstly, as stated above the Wii has the limited capability of producing a 480p resolution and nothing higher, which pales in comparison to other consoles like the PS3 which can run at 1080p.

    Furthermore, this Wii-HDMI adapter-HDTV connection won’t magically give you better graphics or higher fidelity when playing games on the Wii. It should be noted that a common use of this method is for people who own more than one console and only one TV. Using the HDMI input with a Wii-HDMI adapter combination can alleviate this problem if there are not enough input spaces on your TV.

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    Wii HD, Is It Possible?

    Wii 003   Also, note that an HDMI adapter can be found in most electronics stores and can easily be purchased on the internet for a decent fee (around the $10-20 range). Remember, you need a working HDTV, component cables for the Wii, an HDMI adapter and the Wii console itself to complete this guide. So, with all that said, here’s the list of steps to take in order to connect your Wii to a High Definition TV through the use of an HDMI adapter.

    1. Connect the component cable, 5 separate input jacks with 3 for video and 2 for audio, to your Wii console using the AV port on the back of the console.
    2. Connect the 3 video jacks (the ones colored red, blue and green) into the HDMI adapter.
    3. Connect the HDMI adapter to an HDMI cable
    4. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI input port on your television.
    5. Power on the HDMI adapter; usually via DC supply.
    6. Power on the HD TV and switch to the component channel.
    7. Turn the Wii console on and play the Wii console through your HDMI port.
    Have fun running the Wii console on a larger, lovelier screen, in it's full capacity and native 480p resolution. Remember, the Wii-HDMI adapter will have to be bought from an electronics outlet before proceeding through these steps, although they are widely available so that shouldn't be too much trouble.