How to Hook Up Your Wii to a TV

by Chappy Sinclair ; Updated September 22, 2017

Unlike other high definition video game consoles such as the PlayStation 3, the Nintendo Wii does not support HD connections. Instead, a standard AV cable is bundled with all Wii consoles. The only other video option is component, which is ideal if you're using an HDTV and want to get the most out of the Wii graphics-wise. Using the Wii component cable gives you the option of enabling progressive scan, which makes games and applications look slightly better.

Composite AV

Connect the square side of the Wii AV Cable into the "AV Multi Out" port on the back of the Wii.

Connect the red, white and yellow AV cables on the opposite side of the Wii AV Cable into the red, white and yellow AV inputs on the TV.

Change the TV to the AV display mode. It may be referred to as "AV," "Input" or "Video," depending on the TV. Turn the Wii on; the Wii logo appears on the screen.

Composite Connection

Connect the rectangular side of the Wii Component Cable into the "Digital AV Out" port on the back of the Wii.

Connect the larger green, blue and red component cables on the opposite side of the Wii Component cable into the green, blue and red component inputs on the TV. Connect the smaller and separate red and white audio cables into the red and white AV inputs.

Change the TV to the Component display mode. Turn the Wii on; the Wii logo appears on the screen. Wait for the Wii Channel Menu to load.

Select the "Wii" icon on the bottom of the Wii Channel Menu. Select "Wii Settings," then "Screen," then "TV Resolution." Select "EDTV or HDTV (480p)" and select "Confirm."

About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.