How To Identify The Wii Model
By Justin Hazelton
Updated September 22, 2017
As of January 2010, the Nintendo Wii comes in three different models, named V1, V2 and V3, with the "V" meaning version. Knowing your version is important when your Nintendo Wii needs repair because while the three models look the same, each has specific, unique parts. Knowing your model helps you solve problems much more easily and quickly.
Look for the serial number. Every Nintendo Wii has a serial number on the side of the console beneath the UPC (Universal Product Code) and next to the console's fan.
Write down the serial number. The number will begin with LAH and end with an eight-digit number. Your Nintendo Wii serial number cannot be below 10000000.
Determine your version. If your LAH number is between 10000000 and 10160000, your Wii is a first-generation model, or V1. If your LAH number is between 10160000 and 10875000, your Wii is a second-generation model, or V2. If your LAH number is 10875000 or higher, your Wii is a third-generation model, or V3.
Justin Hazelton has been writing professionally for three years, and writing academically for four years. He has freelanced for EMCBlue.com, PoshGlam.com and Demand Studios, and has worked in editorial for the "Highlander" at the University of California, Riverside.