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When Your Nintendo Wii Won’t Turn On

Mark went to turn on the Wii today and it was a brick.  Instead of panicking, I found this FAQ from Nintendo and it came back to life.

    Most power issues with the Wii can be fixed by resetting the AC adapter. You can easily reset the AC adapter by following these steps:

    1. Unplug the Wii AC adapter at both ends (from the back of the Wii system and from the wall outlet or power strip).

    2. The AC adapter must remain unplugged at both ends for a full 2 minutes.
    3. We also recommend you unplug anything connected to the USB ports and the Nintendo GameCube Controller ports (such as LAN Adapters, keyboards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, etc.).
    4. While you’re waiting, check the AC Adapter for the following:
      • Make sure that the word "Wii" and the model number "RVL-002 (USA)" molded into the AC adapter. Unlicensed products are not fully compatible and may not work correctly.
      • Check the AC Adapter for physical damage. Physical damage, such as frayed wiring or a cracked housing can cause the system to shut down. If your AC Adapter shows signs of physical damage and needs to be replaced, you can purchase one from Nintendo’s online store.
    5. After you’ve waited 2 minutes, plug the AC adapter into the Wii system and directly into a wall outlet, not a surge protector or power strip. If the power light comes on and stays on, then it appears resetting the AC Adapter worked.

      If resetting the AC Adapter did not fix your power issues, please continue reading:

      • Avoid the use of unlicensed products such as memory cards, controllers, and cheat devices. Some of these products are poorly manufactured and may result in damage to your system. If one of these products is attached to your system, remove it and try resetting the AC Adapter (see above).
      • Check any accessories that connect to the Nintendo GameCube Controller ports or the USB ports of the Wii — whether licensed or not — for physical damage. Physical damage, such as frayed wiring or a cracked housing can cause the system to shut down. Remove any damaged products and try resetting the AC Adapter again (see above).
      • Make sure the Wii has good ventilation. Avoid operating the Wii while it’s on carpeting or inside an enclosed space. If you have the Wii placed in a vertical position, make sure the vent on the bottom is lined up properly with the hole in the plastic stand and no foreign material is obstructing that hole.
      • Check the vents on the back and side of the Wii for dust build up. The system will shut down if it cannot vent properly to prevent overheating. If there is a build-up, remove it using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment.
      • Make sure that your wall outlet works. To check it, try plugging a lamp into the same outlet where your system was plugged in. Turn the lamp on the verify the outlet works. Also, make sure you are not using an outlet that is operated from a wall switch. If you do, make sure the wall switch is in the ON position.
      • Make sure the AC adapter is attached properly. Firmly plug your AC adapter into the back of the Wii (the port is labeled 12V IN) and into a working wall outlet (not a power strip or surge protector). Click here for detailed instructions.
      • Once plugged in, check the power light on the Power button to see if the system is receiving power.

    If the power is still continually shutting off regularly, please click here for repair options. For this particular symptom, it is best to include your Wii console’s AC Adapter with your system. This will help our technicians ensure they are able to resolve your issue.

I posted it here as I had a huge problem finding it via Google and several game boards I found linked to a dead URL.

472 Comments

  1. Liz Hunt says:

    Thank you! Now I have to go apologize to the kids for yelling at them for messing with the Wii :-/

  2. Elaine says:

    Thank you! I cleaned the vent at the bottom and now it turns back on :)

  3. kelly says:

    Thank you! Lol mine turned off last night and i thought i was looking at needing a whole new one glad that worked

  4. Lori Robson says:

    Works perfectly now. Thank you!!

  5. Jean R says:

    I haven’t used my Wii in years. Tried to turn it on and it was dead. Was ready to go get another power supply but looked on Internet first trying to trouble shoot. Thanks. Saved me gas, time, and money. Worked like a charm.

  6. Erin says:

    Thank you! I just had to reset the adapter, and all is well now. I was thinking I’d have to replace a part after hunting through not-so-helpful websites to figure out what was wrong. Easy fix with a clear explanation. You made my day.

  7. Seirra says:

    Omg! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! Saved us!! God bless you!

  8. Andre' says:

    Yes this absolutely works. We were lost and out of ideas for about a week now then I stumbled upon this and was successful. Thanks a million.

  9. Lee Binder says:

    The Binder family thanks you for taking the time to post this information. Last night we had a big lightning storm and lost the wii. With the two minute reset all is better. Thanks again, Lee

  10. rod says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

  11. Pam says:

    Sending you thanks from Port Richey, FL! Saved me a lot of aggravation, time and money! Happy 4th!

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