How to Hook Up a Wii Game to a HDTV Monitor

by Aramenta Waithe

The Nintendo Wii is a video game console that was first released in 2006. Upon its release, the Wii quickly earned a strong following due to its unusual motion-based control system. While the Wii does not support high-definition video output, you can connect it to your HDTV monitor, and it operates as if it were connected to a standard television. In most cases, you can achieve acceptable video quality with a Wii on an HDTV using the included cables. Nintendo also manufactures a higher-end component video cable specifically for HDTV monitors.

Basic Connection

Connect the gray plastic end of the Audio/Video or Component Video cable to the Audio/Video port on the back of the Wii. The connector is asymmetrical and can only be inserted the correct way. If the cable does not go in easily, turn it around.

Connect the red and white plugs on the other end of the cable to the red and white audio input jacks on the back of the HDTV. If you have a Component cable, which has two red plugs, use the red plug closest to the white one.

Connect the green, blue and red video plugs to the "Y," "Pb/Cb" and "Pr/Cr" video inputs on the back of the HDTV if you are using a Component cable. Each video input matches the color of the plug on the cable. If you are using the standard Audio/Video cable, connect the yellow plug to the "Y" video input. If you do not have a Component video input on your HDTV monitor, connect the yellow plug to the yellow-colored video input.

Turn the Wii and HDTV monitor on and set the HDTV to receive video from the Component or auxiliary video input. If you do not have a button labeled "Component" on the remote control, look for a button labeled "Aux" or try changing the channel to "0" or "99." If the video is in black and white and you are using the Audio/Video cable included with the Wii, you may have to troubleshoot.


Look for a video input jack on the back of the HDTV monitor that is green on the inside, and yellow on the outside. If you find one, move the yellow plug of the Audio/Video cable to this input. If the HDTV has multiple red and white audio input jacks, move the red and white plugs to the audio inputs closest to the video input that you are now using.

Try all of the input options available on your remote control. Some televisions have two input selections for one set of Component video inputs: one that looks for all picture information from a single cable, and one that requires all three Component inputs to be used.

Check the on-screen menu system for your television to locate the configuration options for the Component video input if you still see a black and white image. You might find an option with wording such as "Component Input Type," which you can change to "Standard A/V," "Composite" or "RCA."

Items you will need

  • Nintendo Wii Audio/Video cable or Component Video cable

About the Author

Aramenta Waithe has been a professional writer and ghostwriter since 1989. Her work has appeared in Florida's "Sun-Sentinel" and the "Miami Herald." She writes about a variety of subjects from home improvement to medicine. Waithe attended the University of Massachusetts and Florida Atlantic University, majoring in oceanographic engineering.

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