How to Set Up a Wii

by ContributorUpdated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wii/TV cables

  • Nintendo Wii

  • Power strip

The Nintendo Wii is a video game console featuring motion sensing controls and a wealth of family-friendly games. However, while it may be a system geared towards parties and large groups, even hardcore gamers can find plenty of great competitive games. First, you need to set up your Wii console! Fortunately, this is a snap to do and doesn't take a lot of time.

Place the Wii either horizontally or vertically, setting it in the included stand if you choose the vertical position. Simply lower the Wii into the stand's brackets and slide it backwards until you hear it click into place.

Connect the power cord into both the Wii and the wall socket/power strip. The DC adapter plugs into the Wii near the bottom of the back of the console.

Connect the sensor bar to the back of the Wii. It is the red port above and to the left of the adapter port.

Mount the sensor bar either on the top or at the base of your television. You can use sticky pads to ensure it is secure, or simply remove the protective covering off of the foam that is already present on the sensor bar.

Plug the Wii end of the video/audio output cables into the Wii, and then into your television/receiver/VCR. If you want to lead your audio to different equipment, like directly into a stereo, the wires can be peeled to give you the slack you need.

Turn on the Wii console to ensure everything has been done correctly. Remember to set your television's channel to the proper output setting or you won't see video.


Use a power strip with a surge protector to set up your Wii. This will prevent the circuits from being damaged in the event of a power surge or a blackout. Consider using the sensor bar's stand if your TV is positioned particularly close to or directly on the floor. The lower the sensor bar, the less responsive your Wiimote will be to downward motion or actions on the bottom of the screen.


If there is any concern that your Wii will be unstable in the vertical position, it's better to lay it flat instead. While the base provides great stability, your Wii can still be damaged if it is heavily jostled.

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