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.

507 thoughts on “When Your Nintendo Wii Won’t Turn On”

  1. mine went out this evening after a storm came through and nothing I did worked. Was getting online to find a power cord and instead searched Wii won’t turn on it sent me to you!! Just tried it and it worked!! Thanks so much for supplying this information!

  2. Jordan you are a definite lifesaver, Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! You are awesome, my son thanks you too!!!

  3. Thank you!! Our power went out the other night and apparently knocked out the Wii. My boyfriend started checking plugs and swearing at it, upsetting the dog. I looked up Wii won’t turn on and saw this, so glad I did! Despite reading all the other people’s responses who had the same thing happen and said this worked my boyfriend was still skeptical. It worked like a charm, saving us money, time and frustration! The dog thanks you too, he hates when “dad” swears 😉

  4. My Wii would not come on. I looked in the Internet “Wii won’t turn on”. This was the first article that caught my attention. Although I was very skeptical, this really worked. Wow, the things you learn from the others willing to help. I got very happy, but you should have seen the faces of two of my grandchildren (2 & 6), they are now playing the games thanks to you for directing us to these instructions. You are “The Bomb”. lol. Thank you a million times

  5. thanks so much for the advice! I did the firt step and it worked perfectly:) That saved me a lot of time to figure out what the problem was!

  6. I was a little skeptical of this… I have worked in the IT field for years and never heard of resetting a power supply like this before. The Wii came on last night before bed, it was powered off properly. My TV, Xbox, AC unit are all on the same breaker and it wasn’t tripped so I doubted this would work. I wen’t to the toolbox to grab Fluke, my trusty multimeter and couldn’t find it anywhere. In a last ditch effort I googled “Wii no power” and found this. I let it sit for 5 minutes just to be sure and when I plugged it in, VIOLA! I have never been so happy to see a little red LED!!! Thank you very much from my daughter and myself!

  7. Thanks sooooo much! I started freaking out when mine wouldn’t work after a power outage… This definitely works!

  8. I also googled wii wont turn on, and came to this advice. It worked, my wii works. Would never have known an adaptor can be “reset” Great article!!

  9. Thank you. This was the best info we found and it worked after a power surge at our house! The Wii thanks you too! It was very dusty! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! My 13 year old said she loves you…LOL. Was going to start looking for another tomorrow, thinking all of the kids (mine and the nieces and nephews) broke it. However, with a stroke of brilliance on my part, I decided to type in Wii won’t turn on in ask.com. It took me to you. Once again, thank you. You saved me a bundle of cash!!

  10. oh my god you are the best guy in the world. my wii was working fine yesterday and then i remember triping over the power cable and it disconected then after i plugged the cord back in my wii didnt turn on i was totally devistated. but the i went to the internet and i found this and it was like if god send me an angel it was fixed right after i did all of these exact steps thank you very much.

  11. THANK YOU!! Worked like a charm!!! I initially panicked when it wouldn’t gone!! I followed your instructions & it powered up immediately! Many Thanks!! : )

  12. It worked man! Whoa. Phew. Just got skyward sword and was a bit concerned I wouldn’t get to play it. Thanks a ton! I’m glad this came up early on Google, I typed in “wii won’t turn on” and actually found a solution. Thanks again.

  13. i want to say that im game illiterate, and electronically challenged !!! my granddaughter lives in texas i live in fl, for her bday she got mario kart cuz she likes to play with me at my house and tonight we were going to try and play together… then i had no power. YOU SAVED THE DAY!!!!!! we played for an hour it was such a treat for me , thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂

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