How to Connect Wii to Smart TV Easy Guide

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We are sure we all agree that we need some entertainment in our lives, right? Well, Nintendo Wii is surely one of such devices that can provide a ton of fun and excitement to everyone, starting from kids, to seniors, all can have an amazing time using this console.

However, before anyone can enjoy Wii, it needs to be hooked up to your TV and this is where today’s article comes in handy. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to connect Wii to smart TV with ease. We will cover various alternatives to give you options, according to your preferences and entertainment equipment setups.

By the end of this article, you will know how to connect Wii to smart TV with or even without an HDMI cable. We will cover HDMI cable connection, AV cable connection, SCART connection, component cable connection, and several additional methods. We will also cover connecting Wii to specific TV brands.

That way each and every one of you will be able to use the method that best suits your TV and your preferences, and start enjoying Wii playtime very soon.

So, are you ready to dig in and learn how to connect Wii to Smart TV? Let’s do this.

How to Connect Wii to Smart TV – All Valid Methods

As promised, we will present you with step-by-step instructions on how to connect Wii to Smart TV using various methods. Go with the one that best suits your equipment availability (adapters & cables) and personal preferences.

How to Connect Wii to Smart TV

Note: Nintendo Wii is no longer produced and is as such not the most up-to-date gaming console, which means that it is not extremely HDMI friendly. However, it is still one of the best and most fun gaming consoles made, and there are many ways to connect it to your TV using an HDMI cable or other alternatives.

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Connect Wii to Smart TV Using AV Cable

This method covers the connection option that is originally offered by the Wii console. The thing is that this is a rather old connection method and not all smart TV models may have that connection option. If your Smart TV comes with a standard component AV cable connectivity, you can use the steps below. If not, move on to explore other alternatives (luckily there are quite many options).

To keep things as simple as possible, the AV cable is the one that splits into three connectors – yellow, red, and white (those connectors look similar to audio jacks but are slightly larger). Each of these connectors needs to be plugged into the corresponding plug on your TV.

The steps to follow to use AV cable to connect Wii to a Smart TV:

  1. Make sure to check and confirm that your Smart TV has AV connectors. Look at the back/side/bottom of your TV set and see if you can spot the AV inputs (white, red, and yellow inputs).
  2. Use color matching to plug the right connector into the corresponding input plug.
  3. Now plug the other end of the AV cable into Wii (keep in mind that there is a single plug for that end (Special AV Multi Our plug)).
  4. Turn on both, your smart TV and your Wii.
  5. Use your TV remote to select the proper source/input channel. To view Wii’s menu, you will need to select AV input.
  6. Enjoy playing your favorite Wii games!

If your TV has the AV input option, then this method is without a doubt the simplest and fastest. It also requires no additional cables nor adapters, which means, you won’t need to buy any of those.

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Connect Wii to Smart TV Using HDMI Cable

As mentioned in the note above, Nintendo Wii came out before HDMI and HD TVs became a new norm. As such it doesn’t give you a direct option to connect the console with a Smart TV using an HDMI cable.

Wii’s original connection method is the one using AV component connectors, which we covered above. Moreover, there is no other original Wii cable available. With that in mind, you will need a proper adapter that will enable you to connect Wii to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs.

Considering the above section, you now know that AV connection is Wii’s original connecting option, which means that the adapter of interest will be AV to HDMI adapter. This additional piece of equipment will enable you to use the AV cable from Wii to the adapter, and then an HDMI cable from the adapter to the TV.

These adapters are highly affordable and can be purchase online (Amazon or any other reputable online sellers will have you covered).

Aside from the AV-HDMI adapter, you can go for the aftermarket HDMI Wii adapter, which is plugged into Wii directly.

Here are the steps for an AV-HDMI adaptor (HDMI Option 1):

  1. Use Wii’s AV cable and plug it into your Wii.
  2. Use the AV-HDMI adapter and plug the AV cable’s connectors to the corresponding plugs on the adapter.
  3. Use HDMI cable to connect the HDMI side of the adapter and your smart TV.
  4. Turn on Wii and the TV.
  5. Select the corresponding HDMI input (source) on your TV using your TV’s remote.
  6. Enjoy playing your favorite Wii games!

Here are the steps for the aftermarket HDMI Wii adaptor (HDMI Option 2):

  1. Use Wii2HDMI (HDMI Wii aftermarket adapter) and plug it into your Wii’s corresponding plug (just check the shape of the connector and you will immediately recognize the plug).
  2. Use an HDMI cable and plug it into the adapter on one end and into your smart TV on the other.
  3. Turn on both devices.
  4. Use your TV’s remote to select a proper input/source.
  5. Enjoy your Wii games!

Connect Wii to Smart TV Using Component Cable

Note: Component cable is a special type of AV cable that has 5 different connectors due to having two additional video connectors.

Component cables allow for HD video transition, however, in the case of Wii that doesn’t really matter since Wii is not in HD format. Still, it is a valid option and a handy one, especially if you have a spare component cable lying around.

Using an official Nintendo component cable would be the best choice.

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The steps to follow to use a component cable to connect Wii to a Smart TV:

  1. Make sure to check and confirm that your Smart TV has AV connectors. Look at the back/side/bottom of your TV set and see if you can spot the AV inputs (in this case there should be 5 of them (colors may vary, however, generally there are two red connectors, one white, one green and one blue).
  2. Use color matching to plug the right connector into the corresponding input plug on the TV.
  3. Now plug the other end of the AV cable into Wii.
  4. Turn on both, your smart TV and your Wii.
  5. Use your TV remote to select the proper source/input channel. To view Wii’s menu, you will need to select AV input.
  6. Enjoy your favorite Wii games!

Connect Wii to Smart TV Using SCART Connector

We told you in advance that there are many valid options when it comes to how to connect Wii to Smart TV. Using the SCART connector is another alternative.

To use this option, you need to make sure that your TV has a SCART plug (if you don’t know what SCART is, make sure to help yourself with image results for searching ‘SCART’ using your search engine).

To use this method, you will need an AV-SCART adapter, which is a simple and non-expensive gadget that you can purchase online or in most local electronics stores. You will also need a SCART cable.

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Here are the steps for AV-SCART adaptor:

  1. Connect the AV cable to your Wii.
  2. Connect the other side of the AV cable to the AV-SCART adapter.
  3. Use the SCART cable to connect the SCART side of the adapter and the TV.
  4. Turn on both devices.
  5. Use your TV remote to select SCARD input/source.
  6. Enjoy playing your favorite Wii games!

Connect Wii to Smart TV Using RCA to VGA Breakout Cable

This option is most commonly used when connecting Wii to monitors, however, it may also be used on certain smart TVs. It can come in handy if your TV set is out of more conventional available ports.

If you were to make use of a VGA port, you will also need an RCA to VGA breakout cable. There are many adapters available on the market that convert RCA to VGA. If you decide to use the VGA connection option, you also need to keep in mind that the VGA format doesn’t include audio. That means that you will need a separate cable connected to your TV audio input to transfer the audio signal.

Note: RCA is yet another type of AV format.

Here are the steps for RCA-to-VGA Breakout Cable:

  1. Connect the cable to the VGA input on the TV (or monitor)
  2. Use the AV cable to connect Wii to the other end of the RCA-to-VGA Breakout cable
  3. Turn on both devices.
  4. Select proper input/source (VGA)
  5. Enjoy your Wii experience!

Connect Wii to Smart TV Using S-Video Cable

If you were to use this option, we highly recommend using the official Nintendo Wii’s cable with S-Video out. Though, you may also use breakout boxes that will take Wii’s standard AV cable in and provide an output via an S-Video port.

This is a rather rare method, so no steps are provided here. In general, they are very similar to the ones in the previous steps – properly plug the cables, turn on both devices, and select proper input.

How to Connect Wii to Smart TV – Most Common TV Sets

Before we go into specific TV brands, we need to provide you with additional suggestions that will help you attain the best possible sound and picture quality for your Wii experience.

Ensuring good picture/video quality:

  1. Go to Settings on your Wii
  2. Then ‘Screen’
  3. Select an appropriate screen position (use your eyes, to determine the best option)
  4. Select an appropriate resolution (use your eyes, to determine the best option)

Ensuring good sound quality:

  1. Go to Settings on your Wii
  2. Then ‘System Settings’
  3. Then ‘Sound’
  4. Select mono/stereo sound

How to Connect Wii to Samsung Smart TV

To establish the physical connection, follow one of the steps from the previous section. Once you have connected your Wii and your Samsung Smart TV, use the remote. Most modern Samsung TVs have the “Input” button. Press it and then select the option that suits your connection type and press select.

How to Connect Wii to Vizio Smart TV

Like with Samsung, you will need to establish the physical connection first. Once that is done, use the Vizio remote and its “Input” button to select the right channel.

How to Connect Wii to LG Smart TV

Guess what? The process is no different than for the above two smart TV brands. Establish the physical connection, turn on the devices, and select proper input using the ‘input/source’ button on your remote.

Wrapping Things Up

At this point you know basically all there is to know about how to connect Wii to a smart TV. You know that Wii is an older game console that doesn’t offer a direct HDMI connection and that it comes with an original Nintendo AV cable. You also know that you can connect the AV cable directly to your TV (if it has that type of plugins) or explore other alternatives, which include HDMI converter, RCA to VGA Breakout cable, and SCART adapter, to name the most common ones.

With this knowledge, you should be able to connect your Wii console to any TV set with ease. Also, remember to set the most suitable audio and image setting. After that enjoy your Wii games to the fullest.

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Have fun!