Troubleshooting a Wii With No Power

By Ryan Voss

Updated September 22, 2017

The Nintendo Wii is a tremendously popular and innovative video gaming console. The system is simple to set up and run. Generally, the Wii will have no issue operating properly. As with all electronics, however, it is possible for the Wii to malfunction occasionally. One common issue that can occur is the console itself not receiving any power; this is indicated by the lack of any colored light on the power button.

Check the Cord

If your Wii is not receiving any power, check the power cord. Make sure it is plugged in securely to both the power outlet and the back of the Wii and will not wiggle in further on either end. You should also check--especially if you have any pets--to make sure the power cord itself is not split or otherwise damaged.

Check the Outlet

Check the power outlet itself. Make sure the outlet is turned on if it has a switch, and that there is not a blown fuse or circuit breaker. Test the outlet by plugging another working appliance into the same plug. If you have the Wii plugged into a power strip or surge protector, make sure it is on and functioning. If there has been a power surge recently, your surge protector may need replacing.

Reset the System

If the Wii is still not receiving power, you should allow the system to reset. To do this, leave it unplugged for at least 2 full minutes, and then plug it back in and attempt to turn it on. If all the power connections are solid and nothing has significantly damaged the console itself, doing this should restore the Wii's power. This reset will not erase any of the console's internal memory or save files.

Contact the Manufacturer

If, after going through all these steps, the Wii is still not receiving any power, you will likely need to send it back to the manufacturer for repair. Do not take the Wii back to the store you purchased it from unless it never worked to begin with; they will exchange the Wii for a new one rather than repair it. Any saved data, including the record of any games you purchased and downloaded, will be lost. Instead, contact Nintendo through its website for instructions on sending the console in to be serviced.