How can I fix my Nintendo Wii?
A couple of nights ago, we had one of those little power hiccups. The power went off for a second ... just long enough to require all the clocks to be reset. We didn't think too much about it, it's a pretty common occurrence here in Florida.
Later that evening my son went to play his Nintendo Wii and discovered that he couldn't power it on. That's when we remembered the boys had been playing their Nintendo video games shortly before the power surge, now the wii wouldn't power on! There were no power lights, no standby light, nothing. We checked the surge protector that the Wii was plugged into, we reset it and tried again. Nothing. We unplugged the console and tried plugging it into a different power outlet; it still didn't work. The situation didn't look good. I was beginning to think we'd be buying a new Wii console very soon and it was certainly not in the budget.
My Nintendo Wii won't Power On!
Why won't my wii power on? Nintendo Game Consoles
I decided to do a search online to see if I could find any ideas on how we might fix this problem. I found many posts from users with the exact same problem, but the solutions were bleak. Everything from taking the Wii apart, to sending it in to have it serviced. But, what it came down to was the console was fried and there wasn't much we could do about it. That was about what I had expected. So, we did a search on Amazon to see what a new Nintendo game consoles would cost and it was about what we expected, more than we could spend at the time. Well, I wasn't going to purchase anything at the moment, so I did some more searching ... and lo and behold, I came across a very simple fix!
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Reset the AC Adapter for your Nintendo Wii
Here's how we solved our problem and I hope it might help someone else who is experiencing the same issue.
- Unplug the Wii AC adapter at both ends (from the back of the Wii system and from the wall outlet or power strip).
- The AC adapter must remain unplugged at both ends for a full 2 minutes. We had unplugged the Wii several times, but the trick was leaving it unplugged for the entire 2 minutes!
- Unplug anything connected to the USB ports and the Nintendo GameCube Controller ports (such as LAN Adapters, keyboards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, etc.).
- 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 this did not fix your problem, here are some other things you might want to check:
- Make sure that the word "Wii" and the model number "RVL-002 (USA)" are 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.
If resetting the AC Adapter did not fix your power issues, you might find a fix at Nintendo's Support site.
EDIT: We've had a tremendous amount of feedback from so many people who have experienced this exact same problem with their Nintendo game consoles - we're always happy to hear when our solution has saved your Nintendo we look forward to hearing from many more of you!
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Makinseythemagic on June 05, 2016:
Thank you so much. I have a wii in my room separated from the rest of the house when I found out it wasn't working I had to try and watch t.v. on everyone else's schedule.
Lamme (author) on February 23, 2016:
I'm so glad to hear it worked for you!
Kcorra on February 23, 2016:
Omg!!! Thank you so much!!!!!
pmp48035 on January 18, 2013:
All I can say is that you are a GENIUS! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! Being a mom to a 6 & 9 year old, I often use banishment from the Wii as a punishment. After a month long ban (for painting their bedroom wall on their own with RED fabric paint), my boys were excited to play their Wii system again. It worked for one day and then the next morning, no power. I searched and found this page. I am THRILLED that I followed your steps and IT WORKED!! Again, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!
Jennyrlm on December 28, 2012:
Thank you so much! My daughter is thrilled to use her new Wii Just Dance 4 game! :-)
Kealnt7 on December 13, 2012:
Late to the Party,.. but this still works! Thanks! Its Christmas and I couldn't afford yet another expense. Whew.
animaguskid on November 24, 2012:
I didn't think this would work but it did!! Thanks a million!
macandemsmom on September 13, 2012:
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! IT WORKED!!
Jewels on June 03, 2012:
Thank you so much!!!!!
JG on May 27, 2012:
It worked!!! Thanks for saving us some money!!!
Binkzz on May 16, 2012:
This was awesome!!! I was freaking out...worked like a charm!! Thanks
chrizzana on May 14, 2012:
oh my goshhh thank u sooooo much... i thought my wii wont work anymore..my daughter is crying coz she cant watch netflix and play wii games thank u so muccccchhhhh
rock9400 on May 06, 2012:
I was skeptical too, but it worked. It was only broke for 15 minutes before I did a search for a cause. I learned long ago to check the web first.
Thanks for your site!
A. Gray on April 25, 2012:
Thank you so much! This worked perfectly:) The Wii is saved!!!
fish on April 20, 2012:
Worked for us too!!!!!!!!!!!
jose Milio on April 17, 2012:
YOu are the best, thanks a lot guys.
Berta on April 07, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this information. You are helping so many people including my family
Destiny on April 06, 2012:
I was balling over my wii when my friends son like a boss looked this up and he was laughing so hard that I was crying over a game
Mikki on April 05, 2012:
You saved my daughter's birthday
Bubs on March 27, 2012:
Holy Moly I can't believe this worked. Nintendo must not like you because you just saved yet another Wii owner from having to buy a new console. Best tip ever.
Jess on March 24, 2012:
wow this worked! I was so bummed because I thought our WII was done!!!!!!
jstone514 on March 08, 2012:
That is awesome it worked for me. I almost went out and bought a new wii for 150.00 but I decided to look on the internet and see what I could do and lo and behold I found out this awesome trick and it worked great thank you very much
Amanda on March 04, 2012:
Worked for me too! Grateful!!
KIM on March 02, 2012:
Wow!! Thanks so much, it worked for us. I thought it was fried and we were going to have to buy a new one.
luluolala on February 19, 2012:
Great posting!!!!! It worked right away :) I am so happy now.....thank you so much!!! LOVE YOUR SOLUTION!!!
callshan on February 15, 2012:
Thank you SO MUCH!!! I was so sad when the wii wouldn't power up.... one of several electronics that "broke" within a week's time! This solution worked and I thank you!!!
Captcolumbus on February 12, 2012:
Thank you so much for posting this, it looks like it worked! Now off to play WII bowl with my kid on a cold day!
Jess & Tim on February 05, 2012:
Like everyone else, we too thought our console was junk. Had a power surge this morning, went to play wii this evening and got nothing... THANK YOU for the solution!! My husband was getting frustrated at the thought of buying a new console =)
shandan on January 28, 2012:
OMG! It worked! Thank you for sharing! :)
dragonflychic70 on January 19, 2012:
love it ! worked fantastic. remembered we lost power 2x this week.the solution worked !! thanks so much.
Lamme (author) on January 18, 2012:
It's wonderful to see how many people are finding our site and getting great results with this simple fix! Thanks for all your comments!!!
Deedee on January 18, 2012:
I was so upset when I thought I would have to tell my kids the wii is broken from a power surge. I thought I should look online for a solution and this was the first one that came up. Tried it and it worked!!! Thank you!!
tim on January 17, 2012:
Holy crap, it worked!!!!
Thanks a bunch on January 10, 2012:
worked like a charm thanks
Shirlgirl on January 08, 2012:
This worked for me too!! Thank you so much! You saved me a lot of frustration and money :)
SdWheeler2 on January 08, 2012:
Thank you so much for putting this information online. My Wii was "stuck" and wouldn't load a Nexflix movie. I unplugged it to try and restart it and it wouldn't power on after I did this (Ooopps! I found out I'm not supposed to do this!) I thought we were going to have to go without our Wii for a while until we could buy a new one, but I googled our problem and your site came up. We unplugged the AC adaptor for over two minutes and then plugged back in to the wall outlet and it started back up. Thank you for taking the time to share this!
Royalty on January 07, 2012:
It worked,It actually worked!
Rebecca on January 06, 2012:
Thank you, thank you thank you tack så mycket. I'm another happy reader.
Joyce G. on January 05, 2012:
Thanks so much for your information. When I noticed my wii was not lit up, I tried to turn it on, unplugged it and plugged it back and nothing. I had my daughter try to no avail. I thought I was going to have to buy a new one so I went online to see if the prices have come down. But decided I could not buy another one anytime soon. I decided to see if there was information online about my problem then found this. I did what you said and waited over 2 minutes then plugged it in and it lit up..so glad to find this fix...thank you so much.
mhanna on December 29, 2011:
WOW! Thank you for posting! I hadn't used my wii in a long time & was so sick to my stomach that I may have to buy a new one!! WHAT AN EASY FIX!! Thank you!
Jill on December 29, 2011:
Thank you! We thought our console was fried!
Amy on December 19, 2011:
Very Helpful! Thanks!
Bridgman on December 03, 2011:
OMG it worked thank you so much. I am so glad I searched for this before getting a whole new system!! Thanks again
jo09jo on December 01, 2011:
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I was quite sceptical when reading this suggestion, but lo and behold, it turned right on!! Thank You!
erica.brehm on November 27, 2011:
So so so so so thankful for this information. My Wii now works again!!!
Gabs on November 26, 2011:
It worked! Thanks so much
UntitledCopy on November 24, 2011:
Thank you SO much! My power light wasn't on and I was resetting everything and it wouldn't work! I found this, and it is fixed now! THANK YOU!
ThisPerson on November 22, 2011:
Oh my god, thank you so much! I actually had a game in the Wii, and it was completely trapped. Thank you so much for helping me save it! Thank you thank you thank you! :D
Nicole on November 20, 2011:
THANK THANK THANK YOU!!!!! Life saver!
Lamme (author) on November 10, 2011:
Kenblu, I'm so glad you gave this fix a try! So many people think that it is some kind of scam, LOL
Kenblu24 on November 10, 2011:
Hehe, thought this was one of those fake sites where they try to get you to beleive it's a legitimite news site to get you to buy one of those fat products.When you said "I found a simple trick," right next to it there was an ad for a free wii.I hoped that was a joke and scrolled down.AND THIS ACTUALLY WORKED!!! THANKS!!!
Brent on November 09, 2011:
Thank you so much... this solution worked perfect!!!
Luke on October 30, 2011:
Thank You So Much!!!!! It worked for me!
Bobbi on October 26, 2011:
OMG Thank you so much. We have been without our Wii for like a month. I just assumed that I was going to have to take it in and have it fixed. I had a free minute and saw your solution first. SO I thought what the heck can't hurt to try, right? So I did what you said and it worked perfectly. Thank you so very much.
Paula on October 24, 2011:
This happened to me and our Wii didn't work for 2 weeks and I saw this and did exactly what it said to do and our Wii works again. THANK YOU!
Justice for Jeremy Kye Gibson on October 23, 2011:
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much. It worked just as you said it did for me and now I'm going over to the grandparents house to fix theirs too. Can't thank you enough, you saved our family from spending money we didn't have or have to spend at a difficult time in our lives. We would have found a way to do it though so the kids could have something to help them get through but YOU saved us!!!! From my family to yours- - - THANK YOU!!! Justice For Jeremy Kye Gibson. Forever Loved Never Forgotten! 7/3/85 - 7/6/11
z on October 20, 2011:
OMG Thank you! I had tried everything.
Thankful on October 16, 2011:
Thank you!!!!!! It worked!!!!!
chelsya2011 on October 15, 2011:
Thank you SO much for finding this solution! We tried everything and this is the only thing that worked!!
jesproul on October 14, 2011:
wow it worked! thanks
Knippel's on October 12, 2011:
I can't thank you enough, I thought about getting rid of it and get a new console and then I found your posting. It save me $100 buck
Garcia's on October 10, 2011:
Thank you so much. Works great again. Thought about getting rid of it, now we are playing again.
Malinda on October 10, 2011:
I really can't thank you enough! I've been searching all morning for a way to fix our wii. I thought it was hopeless and a new wii was going to be in our near future. Thank you so much for posting this and helping so many! I feel $200 richer today :)
sneks on October 05, 2011:
Thanks for your post. It was very helpful.
Chris on October 03, 2011:
"BooYa!! Thanks dad"... Need I say more... :)
wii user pb on September 30, 2011:
tried it and it worked. thanks!
BakerGirl on September 29, 2011:
Thank you so much for the tip. It worked like a charm when nothing else would!
teejay on September 26, 2011:
Thank you so much for the tip!! It work just like you said it would. I was sooooo worried that i was going to have to but a new one but this fix worker. Thanks again. BC Canada
Lynn on September 25, 2011:
Thank you so much for posting this solution. We thought our console was a gonner. Hurricane Irene took out our power for just a few minutes and the Wii bit the dust!! What a simple solution! You are the BOMB!!
Leyla from London on September 25, 2011:
Thank you so much it worked first time! A big worry off my mind.
Nes on September 25, 2011:
All I can say is Thank you!!!!!
Alison on September 24, 2011:
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! IT WORKED!!!
Cesarin on September 23, 2011:
Hi, I just wanted to say thank you very much for the tip. I normally am pretty good at finding the solution for an electrical problem but I couldn't figure this one out. I had it close though. Before I got online to look this issue up, I just unplugged the power cable from the back of the Wii but left it plugged in at the other end. I had no idea that box in the middle had some kind of "brain" and all you had to do is unplug both end and wait a couple of minutes. No doubt you always learn something new everyday. And the best part is I didn't have to invest money on a new Wii console !! Once again thank you very much !!
ranmanross on September 23, 2011:
Thanks for the tip. I couldn't believe that worked!!!
Lisa on September 23, 2011:
This worked like a charm!!! Thanks so much
Jessica on September 23, 2011:
I am so glad I stumbled on this! I thought my Wii might have been a goner, but I tried everything you said and it worked! Thanks so much!!
Mary on September 22, 2011:
Wow! clicked on several sites that suggested calling Nintendo. We've had our for years and I didn't want to pay for a fix. It worked. Thank you!!
Alycia on September 22, 2011:
OH MY GOSH! Thank you soo much! I was so worried that my wii had crashed! :D I really appreciate it! :)
mikeyy90 on September 17, 2011:
It worked!! You saved me from thinking i had to buy another one. Thank you so much!
joeandmeg99 on September 16, 2011:
You saved us SO much trouble and money! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Melissa on September 15, 2011:
This worked great! Thank you for posting this!
Lily on September 10, 2011:
Thank you so much!! You really are a life saver!! :D
Megan on September 10, 2011:
Thanks for posting this fix! It worked!
travis on September 10, 2011:
thanks so much for the help! we started out our day with no water to our house, the city shut it off so.. no showers for anyone this morning after being in a hot car for 6 hours yesterday.. it was no rose garden in here. then about noon, it starts back up and alas, our washer doesn't work to get into some clean clothes and to wash everything from our suitcases. so we work on the washer, turn the water off to it, bang on the pipes, sware at it, and nothin works so we flip all the breakers to see if that would help. and whether or not it did, we eventually got it fixed by detaching the hot and cold hoses and blowing on them hahahahaha. BUT by filpping the breakers we surged our wii, and thought our day couldn't get any more filled with problems. yet with my lightning fast reflexes i dashed to my laptop to search for an answer, YOUR answer!!!! and it was amazing that it actually worked!! i thought we'd have to get a new wii!! Thank you so much for the advice!
-the Travis Household
Army Wife on September 05, 2011:
THANK YOU!! It worked for me also!!
paulosfm on September 05, 2011:
It worked! Thanks for the recommendation. I unplugged the power supply and let it rest for 5 minutes, just to be on the safe side. Plugged into a wall outlet. Bingo. Switched to the power strip. Bingo. Lots of relief here, knowing the recent power surges did not fry the Wii.
bobs on September 05, 2011:
it worked!! thanks!! I live in south florida and those power blips are quite common.
Baby J on September 04, 2011:
Awww thank you baby jesus! Thank you!
Jennifer on September 04, 2011:
Thank-you so much! Came home from work and the lights on my wii weren't working. The wii has become our pride and joy as we don't have cable. My girls just watch netflix. Seems funny that we have to rely on a game console these days. Your solution worked and the we are watching netflix again. Your a life saver!
Drew on September 04, 2011:
Thank you so much!!!!!!! Why isn't this posted all over the Internet??
LordPuddingCup on September 03, 2011:
Thanks so much! It worked perfectly for us... we had Netflix and a ton of data saved on the wii!
V on September 03, 2011:
It worked!!! Thank you, I was already stressing out about how much it was gonna cost me to get it working again!!!
katiebugwho on September 03, 2011:
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was afraid my bad luck with electronics had gotten me again but this fix worked perfectly.
Titus on September 03, 2011:
Thank you so much for sharing this simple solution! Yours was the first one I found when I googled up the problem, used and it worked!
Chuck B on September 03, 2011:
Perfect solution, it worked! We had an electrician come over and fix some problem outlets (not where the Wii was) and he turned a few breaker switches on and off. We hadn't played the Wii since then, and the kids were bummed this morning to find it wouldn't work - tried other outlets, unplugging and replugging. Nothing. Followed your advice and we're immediately up and running after leaving the adapter unplugged for just over 2 minutes. Happy boys, happy dad! Thank you.
OB on September 03, 2011:
Awesome... Ours has been sitting for over a year. This worked. Grandchildren will thank you!!!
MikeBullet on September 03, 2011:
It worked thanks
Helen on September 03, 2011:
Thanks so much for this, we've just returned from holiday to find our Wii apparently dead (there was a power cut a few days ago according to the neighbour). Googled the problem and fixed it with your tip!
Mary on September 03, 2011:
Thank you so much! I tried the reset before searching online and just didn't leave it unplugged long enough. I have a 3 year old with a Netflix addiction who thanks you greatly (as does my sanity!) Can't go a day without our morning episode of Yo Gabba Gabba :)
Sarah on September 03, 2011:
Thank you for this! I thought my Wii was dead for sure.