My Wii won't turn on! Why won't my Nintendo Wii power on?

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.

  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. We had unplugged the Wii several times, but the trick was leaving it unplugged for the entire 2 minutes!
  3. Unplug anything connected to the USB ports and the Nintendo GameCube Controller ports (such as LAN Adapters, keyboards, Nintendo GameCube controllers, etc.).
  4. 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.

Nintendo Wii Support

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 8 months ago

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.

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Lamme 12 months ago Author

I'm so glad to hear it worked for you!

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Kcorra 12 months ago

Omg!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

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pmp48035 4 years ago

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!!

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Jennyrlm 4 years ago

Thank you so much! My daughter is thrilled to use her new Wii Just Dance 4 game! :-)

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Kealnt7 4 years ago

Late to the Party,.. but this still works! Thanks! Its Christmas and I couldn't afford yet another expense. Whew.

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animaguskid 4 years ago

I didn't think this would work but it did!! Thanks a million!

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Jewels 4 years ago

Thank you so much!!!!!

JG 4 years ago

It worked!!! Thanks for saving us some money!!!

Binkzz 4 years ago

This was awesome!!! I was freaking out...worked like a charm!! Thanks

chrizzana 4 years ago

oh my goshhh thank u sooooo much... i thought my wii wont work daughter is crying coz she cant watch netflix and play wii games thank u so muccccchhhhh

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rock9400 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

Thank you so much! This worked perfectly:) The Wii is saved!!!

fish 4 years ago

Worked for us too!!!!!!!!!!!

jose Milio 4 years ago

YOu are the best, thanks a lot guys.

Berta 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this information. You are helping so many people including my family

Destiny 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

You saved my daughter's birthday

Bubs 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

wow this worked! I was so bummed because I thought our WII was done!!!!!!

jstone514 4 years ago

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 4 years ago

Worked for me too! Grateful!!

KIM 4 years ago

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 5 years ago

Great posting!!!!! It worked right away :) I am so happy now.....thank you so much!!! LOVE YOUR SOLUTION!!!


callshan 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

OMG! It worked! Thank you for sharing! :)

dragonflychic70 5 years ago

love it ! worked fantastic. remembered we lost power 2x this week.the solution worked !! thanks so much.

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Lamme 5 years ago Author

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Holy crap, it worked!!!!

Thanks a bunch 5 years ago

worked like a charm thanks

Shirlgirl 5 years ago

This worked for me too!! Thank you so much! You saved me a lot of frustration and money :)

SdWheeler2 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

It worked,It actually worked!

Rebecca 5 years ago

Thank you, thank you thank you tack så mycket. I'm another happy reader.

Joyce G. 5 years ago

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 glad to find this fix...thank you so much.

mhanna 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thank you! We thought our console was fried!

Amy 5 years ago

Very Helpful! Thanks!

Bridgman 5 years ago

OMG it worked thank you so much. I am so glad I searched for this before getting a whole new system!! Thanks again

jo09jo 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

So so so so so thankful for this information. My Wii now works again!!!

Gabs 5 years ago

It worked! Thanks so much

UntitledCopy 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

THANK THANK THANK YOU!!!!! Life saver!

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Lamme 5 years ago Author

Kenblu, I'm so glad you gave this fix a try! So many people think that it is some kind of scam, LOL

Kenblu24 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thank you so much... this solution worked perfect!!!

Luke 5 years ago

Thank You So Much!!!!! It worked for me!

Bobbi 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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

5 years ago

OMG Thank you! I had tried everything.

Thankful 5 years ago

Thank you!!!!!! It worked!!!!!

chelsya2011 5 years ago

Thank you SO much for finding this solution! We tried everything and this is the only thing that worked!!

jesproul 5 years ago

wow it worked! thanks

Knippel's 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thank you so much. Works great again. Thought about getting rid of it, now we are playing again.

Malinda 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thanks for your post. It was very helpful.

Chris 5 years ago

"BooYa!! Thanks dad"... Need I say more... :)

wii user pb 5 years ago

tried it and it worked. thanks!

BakerGirl 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the tip. It worked like a charm when nothing else would!

teejay 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thank you so much it worked first time! A big worry off my mind.

Nes 5 years ago

All I can say is Thank you!!!!!

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Cesarin 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I couldn't believe that worked!!!

Lisa 5 years ago

This worked like a charm!!! Thanks so much

Jessica 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

OH MY GOSH! Thank you soo much! I was so worried that my wii had crashed! :D I really appreciate it! :)

mikeyy90 5 years ago

It worked!! You saved me from thinking i had to buy another one. Thank you so much!

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joeandmeg99 5 years ago

You saved us SO much trouble and money! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Melissa 5 years ago

This worked great! Thank you for posting this!

Lily 5 years ago

Thank you so much!! You really are a life saver!! :D

Megan 5 years ago

Thanks for posting this fix! It worked!

travis 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

THANK YOU!! It worked for me also!!

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paulosfm 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

it worked!! thanks!! I live in south florida and those power blips are quite common.

Baby J 5 years ago

Awww thank you baby jesus! Thank you!

Jennifer 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thank you so much!!!!!!! Why isn't this posted all over the Internet??

LordPuddingCup 5 years ago

Thanks so much! It worked perfectly for us... we had Netflix and a ton of data saved on the wii!

5 years ago

It worked!!! Thank you, I was already stressing out about how much it was gonna cost me to get it working again!!!

katiebugwho 5 years ago

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was afraid my bad luck with electronics had gotten me again but this fix worked perfectly.

Titus 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Awesome... Ours has been sitting for over a year. This worked. Grandchildren will thank you!!!

MikeBullet 5 years ago

It worked thanks

Helen 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

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 5 years ago

Thank you for this! I thought my Wii was dead for sure.

stefanie 5 years ago

I could just kiss you!! Our wii wasn't turning on at all. We went to have movie night with our kids and couldn't because I couldn't get netflix through our wii. But thanks to we can now have movie night. Thanks!!!

Sandi Bona 5 years ago

Thank you sooo sooo very much, and your sight was the first one that came up when I googled!! YEAH!! Take care

Jennifer 5 years ago

thank you so much for posting this...Irene took our power, some trees and many of the roads in our area but it couldn't take our Wii (thanks to you I have my sanity until school starts)

Dean in CT 5 years ago

Thanks for the help!! It worked.

waiting the whole two min's was the trick.

all these notes saved me the cost and headache of going to the repair place.

Not to mention the complaining from the kids.

Ray 5 years ago

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Jessie 5 years ago

Thank you!!! My boys were ready to sell their belongings to replace their Wii!!! It worked!

blockeye4 5 years ago

Thank you so much! We just got our power back from Hurrican Irene! Now we have the wii back too!!! Thanks again!

fibbermigee 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this idea! It totally worked. We didn't have a power surge in our situation. It just stopped working one day. So I'm glad that this solution helped and we didn't have to buy a new one...because we probably wouldn't have!

Kelly 5 years ago

Dude, ur awesome!!!! Like u, I cant afford a new wii. This worked the first time fir me!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

GFraser 5 years ago

almost gave up hope and my kids were driving me nuts but your little trick put me right back on track thanks

April 5 years ago

Wooot wooot! I have power! Thanks!

DLM 5 years ago

Just worked for me as well!! Thanks so much for the tip!!!!!!

frankiefrank 5 years ago

thank you so saved my wii...

LP 5 years ago

Thanks! Another Wii fixed. You're the best!

kdawg 5 years ago

Thank you thank you thank you!

Jls1988 5 years ago

OMG! This actually worked! I thought my wii was dead lol. Thanks for the great advice!

Amber 5 years ago

Thank you so much!! You saved me! :D

Laura 5 years ago

Thank you sooooooo much! Worked like a charm!!!!! :)))

Mike 5 years ago

You saved mine too, thanks a bunch sir!!!

Dylan 5 years ago

OMG that you so much. there was a rented game in my wii. it worked.

mjt 5 years ago

Score another one for Lamme! This simple fix did the trick. Gotta wait those 2 full minutes for sure, though--at least. Thank you!!

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Lamme 5 years ago Author

@ Bernard, did you unplug everything from the wii console? Make sure everything is disconnected and the cord is unplugged at both ends. Wait 2 minutes and try again. If that doesn't work, check the outlet or surge protector ... hopefully your wii hasn't been permanently damaged. I sure hope this works for you!

Paige M 5 years ago

Thank you so much! You just saved my life... this would have been the only bad thing Hurricane Irene would've done in NH.... but after your little trick it has SAVED my wii! Now it works perfectly well... so happy and excited

Bernard 5 years ago

Had been away for afew months and did the AC reset & it worked fine for a few day, including this morning... after coming back from work tried to power it on and nothing. Tried the 2 minute AC reset and nothing. did it again and nothing... Any ideas anyone...!!!!

Happy Kid!!! 5 years ago

OMG... Thanks sooo much! You saved my wii!!!! :)

HappyMom 5 years ago

Thank you sooo much. IT WORKED YAY!

TheRock 5 years ago

Nice! Thank you!

gkt4me 5 years ago

Dude... You ROCK! It worked. I owe you a beer ;)

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smiley 5 years ago

Thank you! It saved the day!

ScorpioKing 5 years ago

Thanks that really worked.

RichmondMatt 5 years ago

THANKS SO MUCH. this worked like a charm. Now we can enjoy watching Netflix during Hurricane Irene

Neil 5 years ago

You're a lifesaver. Thanks!!!

Dan 5 years ago

Thank you thank you thank you!! Didn't even realize that a power surge was the issue, my landlord doing work upstairs must of set the power off cause the dig. clocks were blinking when i came home. Then a few days later I went to play the wii and NO lights and wouldn't turn on. Did exactly what you said and BAM! It worked. Thanks again.

Carrie 5 years ago

Just tried it and it worked. thanks!

DJ in MN. 5 years ago

We just had this very same problem with our WII...thanks so very much for this excellent information! It was very much appreciated!

Chris 5 years ago

THANKS... that worked...!!! you would think Nintendo would advertise this fix for this problem, it has happened twice to us.

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Lamme 5 years ago Author

@Debbie, I think your power strip is probably still OK. One you get your wii working, try plugging it back into the power strip and it will probably work. Thanks for reading and posting a comment.

Cindy 5 years ago

OH MY GOODNESS!! You are the best. I just tried your steps and they worked! I thought my Wii was a goner and we were very upset :( Thank you soooooooo much for posting this!

Debbie 5 years ago

Thank you so much. It worked for us and we were just about ready to get a new one. Can I use my power strip again or not?

Andrea 5 years ago

We had a couple brief power outages today and our wii wasn't working. Thank goodness we found this page. Your instructions worked like a charm. Thanks!!!

Dustin 5 years ago

Worked perfectly after our Wii wouldn't turn on after a power lights or anything!

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Ed 5 years ago

Thank you so much! My wii is back! I would have paid for this information!

Megan 5 years ago

THANK YOU!! My 4, 6 and 9 year olds thank you too. Wonderful!

ritchie 5 years ago

thank you that was really helpful you are awesome

Rovabr0 5 years ago

I just found my hero thank you so much

Lauren 5 years ago

Thank you so much!!! Can't tell you how much we appreciate the help!

Katrina 5 years ago

Thank you....worked great! Saved an argument between my husband and I! :o)

delinlin 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this info. It worked!

father of 5 5 years ago

You have a standing ovation from our family! Thank you for helping us get the wii back in action!

Gamergrl89 5 years ago

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I thought my Wii had broken from not being used! Thank you for posting this! It was a lot of help!

Shelbi 5 years ago

Thanks a million~! Our Wii is most of our intertainment with netflix. When it wouldn't power up today I felt like crying, but as usual I thought I would try Google since we did just have a storm last night and I found your post. Thank Goodness! We now have a working unit again :-) Its so thoughtful that you took the time to share this helpful info - Thanks again!

Shelbi 5 years ago

Thanks a million~! Our Wii is most of our intertainment with netflix. When it wouldn't power up today I felt like crying, but as usual I thought I would try Google since we did just have a storm last night and I found your post. Thank Goodness! We now have a working unit again :-) Its so thoughtful that you took the time to share this helpful info - Thanks again!

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Melanie 5 years ago

You're my hero! Thank you for such a concise, easy-to-find solution. My kids love you too!

Sharon Clausell 5 years ago

God Bless You! I thought I had to buy another system. We use it to watch Nexflix. I did exactly what you said to do and It worked. Thank God for the internet.

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charolaj 5 years ago

Thanks Lamme, your fix worked great!

sarrah 5 years ago

thanks soo much

jody 5 years ago

It worked! Also, I had it plugged into a power strip, and I noticed the plug it was plugged into still doesn't work, even though the other plugs on the power strip work. Playing it safe and getting rid of the power strip. Thanks!!!

Belinda 5 years ago

OMG you Just saved my LIFE..well indirectly, because my 4 year old would have drove me INSANE wanting to watch her kid shows on netflix. I had the same problem as others...watching netflix with the wii, power flickers off and on..then wii doesn't work. Did this trick and VOILA!! Thank you

Eric 5 years ago

Thank you! Worked for me too.

wiiuser 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the tip. It brought our wii back to life.

maltesechicken 5 years ago

Worked for me too! Thanks!

Carlyc 5 years ago

Thanks so much! You saved out Wii :)

Rj 5 years ago

You rockkkkkkkk!

Happy 5 years ago

You are a genius!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yay! 5 years ago

All I have to say is thanks & whew!

EandJD 5 years ago

You are possibly the greatest human on planet earth!! thank you so much for sharing this! My son just bought a new game for his wii, and our power had gone out a few days ago (we haven't been on since) and wii didn't work... you fixed us. I love you. :D

chole 5 years ago

Thanks, this really worked!!!!!!!! U r the man!!!

Lainey 5 years ago

thanks! worked great!

Louis 5 years ago

Just saved me a ton of money!!! Worked Perfectly!!

diane 5 years ago

awesome! Ours powered out on my son's bday right after he opened his gifts and wanted to play his new games! thanks!!

Bill D. 5 years ago

Awesome, it worked!

stacie 5 years ago

my wii made a popping noise and a flash during a storm. it was plugged into strip and tv is ok. tried the unplug thing but nothing works. i think ill end up buying a new one.

Corbey 5 years ago

Ok, truthfully I thought this was the dumbest thing Ihad ever heard...but I had to try it! After all who wants to buy ANOTHER wii? So I triedit...AND IT FLIPPIN WORKED!!!!

Thanks so much! I am so sorry I ever doubted!


Cassandra 5 years ago

This worked, thanks so much!!!

vrivera 5 years ago

Thank you sooo much!!! My son is autistic and the Wii is part of his daily rutine. This morning the wii didn't want to turn on and he was all in tears. I follow your instructions and it work!!!!!!! Thanks again, you made our day :-)

gainesvillecane 5 years ago

thanks . . .

Chris 5 years ago

Thanks for the tip!!!! So glad I read this page!

Scott 5 years ago

This happened to our wii this morning. My kids freaked out. I googled and got this link. So, I am posting this comment to tell you that you saved our family summer with this posting. Thank you.

Jon 5 years ago

You're a life-saver! Or rather a Wii-saver! Thanks so much!

Sue 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this - now even my kids know how to save the wii!

careergirl225 5 years ago

That is crazy, but it worked for me too! I did NOT want to give my husband the bad news that our Wii had stopped working and now I don't have too! You are a lifesaver!!

Rod 5 years ago

This works. I thought all hope was lost but I tried this simple fix and it was good to go. Thanks for the post

scar chasm 5 years ago

we had a flickering power outage and had that exact problem. after using google to research this issue, you were the first page i clicked on. worked like a charm! only had to hear my son cry for 5 minutes! thanks so much! cant afford a new power supply, let alone a new console.

Don 5 years ago

It even worked up here in Maine! Awesome!

Holly 5 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm so glad I googled the solution and yours was the first and the one that worked. :)

NJM 5 years ago

Add me to the list of very grateful readers. Trying to train for a triathalon and losing this resource for indoor training was definitely poor timing. It did work like a charm.

Jim 5 years ago

Thank you. We couldn't figure it out but this fixed it.

Kristine 5 years ago

You saved the day!!!! Thanks!!!!!

Kate Clark 5 years ago

omg, thank you so much! my wii works now! your a life saver! :)

Brian 5 years ago

WOW!! I fully expected the kids Wii to be fried but figured I would do a quick search on the internet but had little hope. This worked just as mentioned above and just saved me from buying a new one.


E! 5 years ago

Worked like a charm! Thanks

Rick 5 years ago

Saved my system!! Thank you so much. It won't work back in the surge protector, but will in a regular wall socket. Thanks, again!

Christian 5 years ago

Ditto all of the previous posts. This helped save the day! THANKS!

marie 5 years ago

I know this was probably posted a long time ago but this just happened to us with us losing power and my husband was convinced our system had fried but this trick worked! thank goodness because we cant afford a new one thats for sure and we use it for games, netflix, workout everything! thanks!

marie 5 years ago

I know this was probably posted a long time ago but this just happened to us with us losing power and my husband was convinced our system had fried but this trick worked! thank goodness because we cant afford a new one thats for sure and we use it for games, netflix, workout everything! thanks!

sarah 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting. I thought we were going to have to buy another wii. Thanks again!

rose 5 years ago

thank you thank you thank you!! was so afraid it was a goner!!

Anomonous 5 years ago

Oh my gosh!! Thank you sooo much!! I thought i was gonna have to buy a new wii!!! This worked THANK YOU :)

Timbob 5 years ago

Thanks! Worked like a charm!

Melissa 5 years ago

Wow...thank you so much! My Wii wouldn't turn on even after unplugging it! Leaving it turned off for, at least two minutes, worked! You saved me from buying a new one!

Paul 5 years ago

Wow Thanks!

I needed the Wii and it wouldn't turn on,

Thanks so much!!

Erika 5 years ago

Thanks so much!!!! I was afraid we'd lost our Wii! It worked exactly like you said it would...and here I thought I'd be buying another console! Thanks again!

matt 5 years ago

Worked! Thanks

Evan 5 years ago

Thank you very much! I have had this problem before, but I've had to wait days before my wii started up again.

Abby 5 years ago

I planned to stop by a repair shop this afternoon to get the Wii checked out but ran out of time. I am so glad I decided to google this. It worked!

Thank you so much for sharing this.

Meganmg129 5 years ago

Thank you so much!! I was sure my Wii was dead!

Derek  5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this, saved me a huge bill. You are my hero

Craig 5 years ago

Dam... it actually worked. Thanks.

KyriesMom 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this!! We had a bad storm come through that knocked the power out for a few days and this tip did the trick to get the Wii working again. Thanks again!

Scott 5 years ago

Wii Lives!!! We're Saved! Great post and solution! Thank You! Can't believe this is such a common problem. Never seen anything like it, but glad your solution works.

elle 5 years ago

awesome!! totally amazed this worked for us too!

Paula 5 years ago

OH, THANK YOU!! I was terrified I lost my wii!

Dr.Eyes 5 years ago

Unbelievable...I was the most skeptical person ever...I was about to rip the wii open to save Mario Kart just before throwing the shredded remains into the trash! Thank You Lamme, you saved my Life!

Nicole 5 years ago

Worked like a charm, we are up and running again. Thank you!!! :)

wise 5 years ago

THANK YOU!!!!!!!! This worked, I tried unplugging everything but didn't leave it unplugged long enough.

amy 5 years ago

Yay! It worked. 3 happy kids and 2 relieved parents.

arscoach 5 years ago

I'm so glad I found this post. I thought my Wii was fried and started to panic but I read through your post and so many comments with positive results. I did just what you said and it worked! It's so nice to find an easy solution for a change. Thank you for sharing.

Hans Wiersma 5 years ago

This worked on the first try. Thought the thing was fried. Thanks a ton for the fix!

Brianne 5 years ago

You saved my life!!!!

tasha 5 years ago

mine stopped working last night, i almost had a fit because we live for netflix in my house. i searched for a fix, yours was the first one i found and it worked perfectly. thank you!

Wilbur 5 years ago

I bought my Wii about 3 months ago. I encountered the same problem that you had. Your solution got me powered up again. This issue must still plague the Wii since I bout my Wii over a year from this issue being posted. Thanks for the help. My comment is dated 8/10/2011.

danny 5 years ago

thanks a lot thought i had to buy a new one

emilyadi 5 years ago

Thank you! This tip worked perfectly!

April 5 years ago

Saved us from spending money too. Our 2 year old has been heart broken because he could not sword fight. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara 5 years ago

Thanks! It actually worked, amazing. I was going to through it out

Ravage 5 years ago

Thank you sooooooo much! I was worried my Wii was broken! Cause I just went to turn it on to play DDR and It was like this when I got home from a vacation...Meh! Anyway! Thank you so much for posting this! It helped a lot :D:D:D

Cindy 5 years ago

This worked for me tooo! So very thankful that you posted this fix, I was so worried I would have to buy a new system.

Ali S. 5 years ago

Thank you so much!! I don't know what I would have done!! I was starting to feel a little sick...

Kenny b 5 years ago

Great! Thank you for the answer

angela 5 years ago

I can't thank you enough! thank you, thank you, thank you!

silent 5 years ago

Thank you save me a lot of money.

Casey 5 years ago

Thank you! My mom's Wii wouldn't come on and we did what you suggested! Success...thank you for the awesome straight forward advice :D

Whew! 5 years ago

Thanks!! worked like a charm!

Michelle J 5 years ago

It worked! Yay! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

kje 5 years ago

Thank you for the help! We had the exact same situation, and your fix worked perfectly!

Just a Teenager 5 years ago

Your advice was great, but it didn't work for me. It turns out I didn't even have the AC Adapter plugged in! And here I was, stressing because my parents wouldn't want to pay for a new Wii...

jeff 5 years ago

thanks. it worked. my kids are happy and i get to keep $200.

george 5 years ago

Thank you so very much. I tried everything and nothing happened, i reaqd your comments and i now have my wii again. I am happy but my wife is happier which make my life a lot easier. Again thank you for your advice and help

Hamel 5 years ago

Thank you so so so much for that quick fix! I was worried about having to buy a new wii or something. Your information was extremely useful! Thanks again.

Jennifer 5 years ago

Thank you so much!! We panicked and my husband said it was no use to look online for a fix-thanks for proving me right! LOL :)

joej 5 years ago

perfect--- thanks! house full of kids thought i was crazy. Then the pay off.

jakesgirl 5 years ago

AHH! This exact thing just happened to me today. So glad I found this page. Worked like a charm. Thanks for sharing the info!

MaudeFlanders 5 years ago

You rock! Thanks for posting about your experience and helping myself and others find a quick, cheap, and easy solution!!!

Ruben 5 years ago

thanks! this worked! my wii has the moves like jagger

Colorado 5 years ago

No Kidding I thought "No way will this work." but I gave it a shot and it totally does. THANK YOU ! ! ! ! ! !

tcboard 5 years ago

It worked just like you said. Unplugged both ends and let it sit plugged it back in and the lights come on!!! :) Thanks for the info!!

Mel 5 years ago

Worked for me...thanks!!!

Kristina 5 years ago

OMG !!!! can I just say THANK YOU...... I was really getting MAD until I read your post. Our neighbor's Wii was doing the same thing, you just helped two Wii's. THANK YOU :)

Brian 5 years ago

Wow I didn't really believe this forum, but i thought i would just unplug it for a few minutes anyway. And well.. now im not worried anymore :D

Jerry 5 years ago


benji 5 years ago

does this work?

Wii would have been so upset 5 years ago

Thanks so much saved my Wii!!! I was really about to cry!

wii lover 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the help! You saved my Wii!!! :)

GUest 5 years ago

Thank you you saved my family

Jake S 5 years ago

You are the man! Couldn't believe how simple this was. Thank you!

Dan 5 years ago

Thank you, now we can watch Buffy on Netflix!

Van 5 years ago

Thanks sooooo much!!! My Wii is up and running again...woohoo!!!

Mary 5 years ago

It really worked! I had my doubts...but we've had a few black-outs due to severe storms, and sure enough...unlugging it all and waiting over two minutes did the four children and I thank you!

Jenn 5 years ago

OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I was about to throw my Wii in the trash until I saw this post. I unplugged everything for 2 minutes and sure enough it powered back up!! My family is SO happy! Thanks!!

Mark  5 years ago

Thank you. This worked and my sons are back to the Wii experience! Blessings!

Michelle 5 years ago

I was in tears thinking I was going to have a buy a new console. But this solution worked. Thanks so much.

Serena 5 years ago

IT WORKED!!! Thank you so much! We didn't want to have to buy another Wii to watch Netflix! Kids are happy, mom & dad are even happier! Thank you, thank you!!!

Mauren 5 years ago

Thank you so much! This worked immediately. I just googled "why won't my wii turn on and this was the first site to show up. Went upstairs and waited two minutes and presto! Thanks for the help-thought we were heading out to have to buy another.

jp 5 years ago

this seriously worked! I didn't think it would work as I stared at my wii and ac adapter laying on the floor. I couldn't believe something so simple was the solution. When the light came on after plugging my wii back in I just laughed. Thanks for the help!!

Double A 5 years ago

it worked- my kids were praying that it works and we tried everything but never thought of unplugging it from both ends and leaving it for a while. And it worked and i want to thank you for it

thanks once again

Casey 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this information. This was the first web page that came up when I googled my problem & sure enough, it fixed it!!!! I'm so appreciative not to have to spend hours researching solutions or having to talk to tech support. Thanks again!

Chelsey 5 years ago

OMG You are my new favorite person!!! Thank you so much for posting this information! I use our wii to watch netflix while i fall asleep when my husbands out of town for work, and tonight it wouldn't turn on!! If i hadn't of found this it would have been a long night :) Thank you soo soo much again

Cinder 5 years ago

We had a power "hiccup" yesterday, and my wife just tried to use the Wii to watch a film via Netflix. Well, she had the same problem. I just googled the problem and stumbled onto this page, and... It worked!!! Thank you very much, you just saved me time, money, and anguish from listening to an unhappy spouse! :)

PeterE 5 years ago

Thanks so much for this! You saved me so much time!

Happy Daddy 5 years ago

Thanks bud...You made my kids night....

Matt 5 years ago


Frank 5 years ago

This worked perfectly. Thank you for posting it!

boo 5 years ago

omg!!! thanks so much i thought i was going to have to buy a new wii!!!! glad this worked a money saver!!

sheliah Wurth 5 years ago

thanks it worked - love internet for problems

Tyler Brosius 5 years ago

Thank you a bunch!!

Brittnay Marie 5 years ago


I was freaking out that my Wii was busted and about had a heart attack! This working perfectly. What a nice little quick trick! Thank you :)

Brittnay Marie 5 years ago


I was freaking out that my Wii was busted and about had a heart attack! This working perfectly. What a nice little quick trick! Thank you :)

Rob 5 years ago

Just what I was looking for. We had a power surge and I thought it may be ruined. Fix worked like a champ. I had tried unplugging all of the connections on the wii before finding your article but it didn't work. Unplugging from the wall was necessary too.


Mary Jo 5 years ago

Awesome...thanks so much!!! I thought I would have to buy a new Wii, your solution worked like a charm!! :)

Pete 5 years ago

Thank You!! Was actually on my way to the store to replace the Wii because I thought for sure it had gotten fried during a thunderstorm last night. So glad I checked the internet before I left. Really appreciate you posting this easy solution!!!! Pete

Michele 5 years ago

Thank you!!! Worked for me!

Tom 5 years ago

Thank you. I powered off the Wii from the console and came back to it a little over an hour later and it wouldn't turn back on. I typed in my question online and your site was first. The solution worked. Very easy. Thanks.

Becca 5 years ago

Thank you so much! I was so worried that I wouldn't have a Wii anymore (buying another would have spelled trouble!) It's shocking to see how much of a widespread problem this is, I'm appreciative of this article (others spelled a much bleaker outcome!)

bobo 5 years ago

it worked!! i was so scared my wii was a gone-er! thanksssss!!

sarah 5 years ago

worrrrrrked! ty so much!

Carrie 5 years ago

OMG! It worked!!! Thank you so much!!!

Brittney 5 years ago

OMG genius!!!! It worked thanks so much, thought we were gonna need to get a new wii. Thanks for saving us money.

Nate 5 years ago

Yes! Worked for me, I thought my Wii was fried. Thanks for sharing.

RodBDanger 5 years ago

Worked 4 me, thanks a bunch. I feel bad now because i cursed the kids out about always tearing things up. (thats our secret, show no weakness)

Sweet 5 years ago

Thanks so much for posting this. My sister came home from out of town to discover her wii was not working. The kids were so upset, we all thought lightening must have fried it. We were talking about it today and I decided to google the issue to see if there were any solutions. This totally worked! The kids are so happy they can play again, and mom is so happy she doesn't have to buy a new one!

lahaggar 5 years ago

it worked! thank you sooo much!!

Schmalk 5 years ago

Thanks for posting your solution. Worked like a charm!

sara 5 years ago

OMG! Awesome! This so worked! Yippee skippee!

Amy 5 years ago

Thank you thank you thank you! I totally thought it was fried!

Gary S 5 years ago

Thanks for the great advice. I was ready to trash my wii but thanks to you it is working like new

Jor 5 years ago

This worked like a champ! I'm stoked about it.. Thanks a ton!

Jenny 5 years ago

Wow- it worked perfectly! I'm happy our Wii isn't dead. :)

Karen 5 years ago

That worked so great! Thanks!

Marcia 5 years ago

It worked ! Thanks!

Mitchell 5 years ago

Thank you so much!!!

domdom 5 years ago

thanks i dont have tv all i have is netflix so thanks this really did save my night

Kristen 5 years ago


Guitargod440 5 years ago

Thanks a million

Solved my issue

You rock!

Janette 5 years ago

Thank you so much!!! I am so glad I came across this post. We have had our Wii for about 4 years now and tonight we realized the power was off and could not get it back on. I found this, and it worked!!! :) :)

Lisa 5 years ago

Dude, you're a rock star. Thanks for your help.

Amy 5 years ago

Thank You so much, I tried the exact same thing but did not wait the two minutes and have spent an hour and half looking for the receipt that I put up for safe keeping with the service agreement on it. LOL

St. Jimmy 5 years ago

It worked!! Saved me a lot of time and possibly $$$. Thank You!

KES 5 years ago

YAY!!! The trick is to unplug, I never would have known. We were stupid and had our wii plugged directly into the wall when the power went out briefly, and then the wii wouldn't turn on at all. Unplugged it from the cord for a day, nothing. Found this information, unplugged the power cord from the wall as well as from the wii, and BINGO! The wii lives!! And now it's living connected to a surge protector, LOL.

Mk 5 years ago

Thank you so much this worked and our Wii is back. You are awesome. Thanks again for sharing.

T.P. 5 years ago

I gotta was a GREAT fix... Simple too.

worked like a charm for me too.

Thanks again.

Neil 5 years ago

You da man! Power problem this morning a dead Wi and the solution on your website has resolved my problem. Thanks.

Gracie 5 years ago

Tytytytyty!!! Worked perfectly!!!

Brett 5 years ago

Thanks so much for this posting. I know it is on the Nintendo site, but your link came up first and it also helped resolve the same issue as many others here!

Marci 5 years ago

Thank you soooooo much for saving us the $$$ it would have cost to replace the Wii!!!

Shuffy 5 years ago

It worked! Yay- Thank you sooo much!

Everette D. Watkins 5 years ago

That did it thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Richie Melone 5 years ago

Thank you VERY much. you have saved my Wii. :)

Khara 5 years ago

Hey Thanks for the help :-).. Had the same problem and did what you suggested and it worked!!! Praise GOD!!


Sacha 5 years ago

Just thought I'd join the long list of people and say thank you for this great tip. I don't use my Wii often but I want to start using my exercise games more and today we found that it wouldn't turn on. Found your webpage and remembered that we had had a power outage a few nights ago. Tried your fix and now it works! Thanks so much.

Tom 5 years ago

Had a power flicker this morning, Your tip worked like a charm. Thank you.

Lbkworker 5 years ago

You are super awesome! You saved my day off :)

mary 5 years ago

saved my WII and patience level!!! Thanks for your support!!!

Elaine 5 years ago

Had power outages this weekend but didn't think anything of it until we tried to turn on the Wii today and it wouldn't power on. Tried your suggestion and IT WORKED!!! Thank you so much.

alysha Vest 5 years ago

Thank you! Now we can play Just Dance!

Nikki  5 years ago

Thank you so much. I was feaking out today. Unplugging and plugging everything back in. Once I unplugged from the wall socket and left it for a cpl minutes, it turned right back on once I plugged it back in. I was thinking we needed to go buy another Wii, but thanks to you, I dont have to do that =) =) TYSM !!!

Beth 5 years ago

No power outage, but it still turned off. Thanks for posting, it worked!

mamagreen 5 years ago

Thank you, my grandson tried to play earlier and the Wii would not power on...I did as you instructed and now it works...thank you so much for sharing.

DAVID 5 years ago


happywii 5 years ago

Thanks so much! This worked!

Jeff 5 years ago

I actually thought this might be some kind of fake site and was rather skeptical that this could actually fix the problem. Boy was I wrong! THANK YOU SO MUCH! You just saved us money that we didn't have!

MYleah 5 years ago

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Racin Jason 5 years ago

Thank you so much. Had the power trip out so did what you suggested and bingo it worked. Cannot thank you enough.

Karen 5 years ago

You are awesome! Thanks for posting your solutions. We have the same problem last week with the power off. I thought we have to buy a new wii. I find your site and it really helps. You saved dollars from buying a new one. Thanks pal. Great job.

Dionne 5 years ago

Thanks for tip. It worked.

TJ 5 years ago

Thanks for the help. It worked!

Emily 5 years ago


I was SO skeptical that this would work and was already trying to budget in buying a new WII. I don't even know what caused the problem -- it worked fine last night and we didn't even have a drop of rain last night, much less a storm. In any case, I'm SOOOO thrilled to have a simple solution to this problem. Thanks for putting this out there!

happy mom 5 years ago

IT WORKED! THANK YOU....Thank goodness. I was so stressed thinking that it was fried and we would have to buy a new one. No money for that right now. Tried all the plugs/buttons....but not from both ends and not for two minutes. You'd think this would be more commonly known at the stores and on websites. Again, thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you :)

Terry 5 years ago

I went to use my Wii fit after not using it for a couple of months and it wouldn't turn on - I found this and tried it and IT WORKED!!!! YEAH - thanks so much!

Camille 5 years ago

OMG! I was so mad today, I thought oh no, not my Wii! I started reading halfway down and said great it is fried, but kept reading and found the solution. AWESOME,YOU ROCK, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Eric 5 years ago

Thank You so much, had 4 angry children. Now dad is the best. The post was great and easy, I was probably a day away from throwing away. THANKS

MGL 5 years ago

I dropped my Wii and it wasn't turning on properly. I googled and found this.. IT WORKED. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Now I can go back to playing Starfox.. hahaha

auntie0722 5 years ago

You are my hero!!!!

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mtrinidad 5 years ago

Thank you soooo much! My kids were very upset, and I'm glad I don't have to by another!!!

Kacie 5 years ago

THANK YOU!!! It fixed it!!

C's Dad 5 years ago

My daughter's Wii would not power on the past two days. She tried reset, and unpluging. Mom has taken her to visit G'pa. I have re-tryed while she is gone with no luck.I can't wait to go home from work to see if this will fix the problem. (Could make dad a hero!)

ThankfulMommy 5 years ago

Thanks so much for your solution. Our Wii is back in business now!

Jessica 5 years ago

We were out of town and it stormed while we were gone so the power flickered like a week ago. My bf unhooked it just like you said, waited, and it works perfectly now. Such a simple solution! Thank you!

Cindy 5 years ago

THANK YOU sooo much!!!!! Your trick fixed my Wii

Rose 5 years ago

Thanks so much. It worked!

Heather 5 years ago

It sounds like a real stupid solution. Unplug for 2 minutes. I was about to throw the damn thing away but it actually worked. Thank-you soooooo much. I was so frustrated and upset and now it works again. Man was the internet an awesome invention.

Lindsey 5 years ago

Thank you so much! I had a power outage and the same thing happened, just a flash out, enough to reset everything, and bam!! No wii. I did a search and you were the first page so I clicked on it and tried what you said and it totally worked!!! I was so worried my wii was out, I don't really play games on it but use it for Netflix. Thank you so much!!!!!!!

Jason 5 years ago

Thank you so much very helpful it worked for me

amy 5 years ago

worked for me! thanks!

Keanse19 5 years ago

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

steph 5 years ago

ty ty ty ty SOOO much!!! i was so worried i was gonna have to buy a new one!

Zoofamily 5 years ago

Yippee!! Thank you so much. My teenager will speak to me now.

brandy 5 years ago

A MILLION THANKS!!! from me and my son

Matt  5 years ago

dude i have to thank you so much!! i came to play some mario galaxy today and found my wii suddenly wasn't working. I don't know how it happened but i knew it would end with a whoopin from my pops XD. But you saved me bro and i truly appreciate it

ashley 5 years ago

this really worked!!! omg thank you so much!!!

ashley 5 years ago

this really worked!!! omg thank you so much!!!

Kristi 5 years ago

Lamme, Thank yo so much for this page!! i had heard about unplugging it from the wall and waiting 30 seconds then trying it again...but that didn't work this time. I found this page, tried your solution and Oh My! The Wii is working again!!

Katy 5 years ago

Thank you so much! This worked for me!

lavanderstorm 5 years ago

OMG!!!! I'm so glad I did a search on this. We had one of those storms where the power goes out and then comes right back on. Our Wii is plugged into a surge protector so when it wouldn't power back on, we thought it was fried (even though everything else worked). My hubby was getting ready to junk it and sell all our games on ebay when I came across your trick! Worked like a charm!!!! I think I'll let him think I'm a genius before I tell him how I fixed it *;o) Thank you so much!!!!

Peace, love and *:o)

tj 5 years ago

worked for me! thank you!

Amanda 5 years ago

Thank you so much for the info!! I really thought lightning had fried my Wii!

dfnene5 5 years ago


havoc26 5 years ago

thanks for the post. i was really bummed and trying to figure out what was wrong. found your post and fixed it in 2 minutes. thanks a lot.

wvueersfan1 5 years ago

Worked awesome thanks man

Marilu 5 years ago

OMG it worked! Thank you so much!!!!!

Marilu 5 years ago

OMG it worked! Thank you so much!!!!!

Roman 5 years ago

I'm so glad I found your post! It was quite a relief to find such a simple solution that works!

Wanda Woman 5 years ago

It worked! Thank you so much for posting this. Wow, what a relief to find such a simple fix. My Wii is up and running thanks to you! You're awesome!

Cpparks 5 years ago

Thanks, it worked for me, my daughter is so happy!!

chip 5 years ago

We were ready to buy a new one too. Thanks for saving us the money!!!

Kent 5 years ago

Thanks so much for posting this I was able to fix my Wii by using this method

Kate 5 years ago

You saved my wii! Thank you so much!

mariah 5 years ago

Thank you so much! We just had a power surge and yours was the first page that pulled up.

Sarah 5 years ago

Thanks for your help! I also had a power outage and the Wii stopped working.I am so glad I found the site and will be sure to share my new found info with my friends :-)

Carrie R 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this info. We had a power surge but the Wii workder fine afterwards. We just recently had another one and now it is not working. I can't wait to get home and try this. Thanks again!!

DonnaD 5 years ago

You rock! Tried advice I'd read on other sites to no avail - never occurred to me that I'd need to unplug power at both ends, which seems to have been the trick. Glad I found your post!

Josh 5 years ago

Woohoo this worked!!! Haven't turned it on in a few weeks and thought the last storm knocked it out. Thanks for help!

Micfro 5 years ago

This worked for me as well! Thanks so much!

Kris  5 years ago

THANK YOU!!!! Same scenario - power outage and totally dead Wii. This posing was a blessing, we were in a panic that we would have to buy a new unit.

john 5 years ago

thank!!!! it worked for me

Kelli 5 years ago

YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!! As everyone else on here has said THANK YOU!!! We came home, went to play the WII and nothing.. Unplugged it, plugged it in to another outlet, panic set in because we had just went and bought 4 new games. So decided to do a search and like others on here have said yours was the first post I came to and it WORKED.. Thanks

Dane in Al. 5 years ago


When I searched this Problem;yours was the very first article I found. I began reading it aloud and my wife thought that I was typing every single word as I read it!

It wasn't until she noticed I had said Florida, instead of Alabama,(though we live 5 min away from the Florida line), that she realized that I was "READING" the article instead of "writing it"!!

It was exactly, "verbatim", the senario that we lived the night before; including the boys and all too frequent power surges.

Thank you Soooooo Much ! The Wii is priceless around our home, and with our boys!

If I had not found your article, I would have spent money that I DID NOT HAVE TO WASTE !!

Plus you helped renew the family's faith that, 'DAD CAN FIX ANYTHING" !!


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Briannie Johnston 5 years ago

hey! this was an amazing article! i have a party today and i was planning n using the wii for my birthday. when i looked at the wii the red LED light wasn't turned on so i freaked. i used this about uplugging it for 2 minutes and it worked!thank you soooooo much!!!!!!!!!

Adam Squier 5 years ago

Totally worked. The kids are happy, and so am I. Thanks for the tip.

Gar Polky 5 years ago

Yeah, I have a wireless keyboard sitting on my Wii (cause who wastes type typing one key at a time) and I bump it all the time so when my Wii was all "+_+ I am the deadness" I thought I bumped it too hard or something.

I even shook it a little to see if anything rattled inside(after plugging it in to 3 diff wall outlets...*remembers to go plug phone back in*).

I was about to cry since I'd just fixed two computers, one of them twice, and had to take my own computer out for repairs and I was all, I -EXPLETIVES DELETED- bet my repairman can't fix a Wii, the internet!

But this totally worked and I said, "YERSH!"

You saved a me a good long cry and having to go tell my dad I broke my Wii cause of my excessive roughness.

TwT I ? you amazing savior/tech parent of goodness!

Rob 5 years ago

I read a whole bunch of posts by geek video game players. They all said my Wii was fried. It took a post from a regular smart Mom to save my Wii. Proof that video game skills don't get you ANYWHERE; while real live savvy will. Thank you... thank you... thank you...

Laura 5 years ago

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I had unplugged it several times to no avail, and did what you said and left it unplugged for a few minutes..... worked like a charm! My boys are eternally grateful!

Oag 5 years ago

Spot on! Many many thanks

Jennlynnd 5 years ago

Thank you so much!!!!! The same exact thing happened to us and we were on the verge of throwing our Wii out. :( We don't have cable or anything of that nature, so our Wii means a lot to us. We, like you and many others, just can't afford a new one right now. So once again thank you for the quick easy fix.

julie n 5 years ago

Hallelujah! It works!!

BoredSenseless 5 years ago

The two minutes bit worked! We had a power surge, and I'd tried switching about all the cables. Unplugging the adapter for the whole two minutes worked, though, so thanks for the help. I thought I had a brick on my hands.

Tiffany J.  5 years ago

Oh wow! We are so glad this worked because it's the only access to "TV" we have via Netflix and a new Wii definitely was not in the budget. Thanks for this post!

Susan 5 years ago

I called Best buy first....they told me there was nothing they could do. That I would need to call Nintendo and Sony (both of our game consoles stopped working) We had tried unplugging, but we did not unplug the adapter from both ends. So I did a search online..THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! you saved us and my family is going to go play Rock band now!!!!

sharon 5 years ago

oh, and it worked for me, too, of course!! thank you!!

sharon 5 years ago

Unbelievable, yours is the ONLY solution to this! How did you ever find it?? I am glad I found your answer!

Lori  5 years ago

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! We just invested in like $100.00 worth of accessories and a game only to come home and find the stupid Wii inoperable. Crack out the manual, no solution, tried unplugging one way at a time, still wasn't working, then we did your suggestion and BINGO!! We are off to play Pirates of the Caribbean Legos!! Thanks so much!!

Patrick Algermissen 5 years ago

Just to add to the chorus - this worked for me, too! Thank you so much!

Amanda 5 years ago

Wow!! Helped me out!!! Thanks so much!

Joe 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this. It was the first item in my google search results for "Wii won't power on" and (of course) it was also the solution! I know thousands of other people have commented to thank you, but I had to take a few moments from my busy life to do the same because I'm very grateful that you took the time to write this article. Again, thanks a million! =)

Giggles1025 5 years ago

Fabulous. Although it had only been a few days w out my Wii I am so glad I read ur post. Thanks to you I'm back to using it.

cool 5 years ago

it worked thankes

Alison 5 years ago


Luc 5 years ago

WoW!! Unbelieveable that this worked! You just made my week!

Lisa 5 years ago

thank you so much for the solution!!!

Dirty 5 years ago

thank you!

Joe 5 years ago

I also thought i had a dead WII, tried this worked like a charm...So simple, and so easy to overlook... I build computers as a hobby, so i know how long a device can hold residual power.. Never thought of the wii doing the same...Duh...You are the MAN!!!

Mosey 5 years ago

When my usual dealing with technology trick of unplugging everything and then plugging it back in didn't work, I just wanted to cry. But, the two minute rule did the trick. Thank you!!!!!

J Britten 5 years ago

Thank you so much!! We also had a small power surge this am while watching a movie on Netflix & our Wii completely died. My son was wrecked! After your suggestions it turned right back on. I can't thank you enough! I was about to chunk it in the trash. Awesome!

Matt Dags 5 years ago

You are the man. I was so close to throwing my Wii out the window...

Good description and walk threw of everything!

grad09 5 years ago

OMG thank you so much. I thought it was a goner. You fixed it! THANKS!

Mlee H 5 years ago

OH MY GOSH!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! My husband bought an aftermarket Wiimote charging station that plugged into our Wii via USB. All was fine for a few days, and then one day it just wouldn't work. I unplugged everything, probably not for 2 minutes, and still nothing. UH ~ we were devastated, no Wii, no Netflix...SAD kids :( (Unlike my pessimistic husband...LOL) I always think there is an easier way, especially when the alternative was spending more than I had to get another Wii. I found this site and have saved myself a great deal. THANKS AGAIN!

karen 5 years ago

Thank you some worked!!!!

tlcaluvsjesus 5 years ago

Thank you so much! This was a tremendous help and fixed our problem!

Angelika 5 years ago

Thank you, thank you!!!! I work at a retirement community and they love the Wii - after the power surge it wouldn't work and we could NOT figure this out - and then I saw your post! It worked! Thank you so much!!!

Rachel 5 years ago

GWAH. I had a power surge a month ago and have been mourning my Wii ever since. I use it mainly for Netflix, I don't watch tv. I finally was SO fed up I googled the problem and it led me to your post! Genius! It's working again! God bless you WONDERFUL people!!!

NikkiLionqueen 5 years ago

Can't believe this worked! Thanks so much for posting.

Jamie 5 years ago

OMG! I love you LAMME! Thanks so much, I went into panic mode when I had no power at all. So so happy that I found your info! You are a lifesaver!!!!!! :)

Jessica 5 years ago

Worked for us just now after a typhoon knocked out our power. THank you!

Freddy Haun 5 years ago

Oh my goodness! It worked! Thanks for saving me $150!

Dawn Tillinghast 5 years ago

Thanks so much I was in a panic and my granddaughter was all set to play, your fix worked perfectly,

Thanks a lot again

Sarah 5 years ago

It worked!

Thank you so so so much! this is the second time it has happened to me, last time I took it in the the store and they looked at me like I was dumb because it worked there. Makes sense now! You saved me another embarrassing/pointless trip lol

J&C 5 years ago

Thank you Thank You Thank you, THANK YOUUUU!!! you saved the day. I don't know how you figured this out, but we are so happy we came across your suggestion, because my husband was about to jump from the roof, haha. It totally worked the way you said it would. Awesome.

DB 5 years ago

Shocked that something so simple worked. Had the Wii serviced last year for disc drive problems and thought we would have to junk it this time. Thanks.

llap22 5 years ago

Thank you for posting...I was so bummed out...I was using the Wii for Netflix as well.

Jeremy 5 years ago

Thank you, solved mt problem in a matter of minutes!

natasha 5 years ago


Red 5 years ago

Googled this and it fixed the problem. Thank you so much.

jesse 5 years ago

wow. you are a savour. i thought mine was fried. thank the lord i found this. thank you so much

Lindsey 5 years ago

I just bought my new wii yesterday and when I went to play it today it wouldn't turn on. I was so mad. It's working now. Thanks!

JoeJoe 5 years ago

Lamme, you the man ore the woman as the case may be, worked for me also. Thanks a bunch!!!

Will 5 years ago

I cannot believe this worked! Thank God I found this.

Pat 5 years ago

Me Too! this worked.

Thank you SO MUCH1

Dave 5 years ago

Like the other readers, your advice saved us!!! thank you

Neil Wallace 5 years ago

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU---My 6 yr old daughter was quite distraught about her wii, but your postings allowed me to be the hero today!!

Melissa 5 years ago

Thank you so much!!!! It worked!!

Haven 5 years ago

Thought my Wii was a goner! Thanks for the help!

viper 5 years ago

thank u so much it worked

Kevin 5 years ago

Unbelievable. We were so mad not to be able to watch our netflix movie - Thank you, thank you it worked like a charm!!

Dimitri 5 years ago

Holy crap. Your suggestion worked perfectly. It sounded like voodoo, but lo and behold! It's alive!!

Family 5 years ago

Amazing!! Our family is so grateful to you. We just signed up for Netflix through the Wii. My daughter did well in school, so she was allowed to pick a movie to watch. Our family was so excited, which turned to complete devastation when our Wii wouldn't turn on. Thank you for putting a smile on our and so many others faces. You are bringing joy into many homes... :)

ckayb2000 5 years ago

thank you so much!! I have been so bummed since my wii wouldn't turn on. I definitely thought i was going to have to buy a new one, but thankfully i found your information! So glad. I passed it on to all my FB friends. Hope it helps others too!

krista2791 5 years ago

THANK YOU!!! This was an absolute lifesaver - it worked like a charm. I actually let everything unplugged for about 10 minutes.

Mshy0205 5 years ago

Your advice worked for my wii. Thank u so much!!!

Shannon 5 years ago

Thank you Lamme! That worked perfectly. We didn't have a surge, to my knowledge, but we moved into a new home. It was probably the unplugging and replugging that did it. Your solution worked like a charm! My 7 year old is happy now, and I can prepare dinner. Much obliged.

Gunner Retz 5 years ago

Lamme, we also had a power surge the other night and the WII wouldn't come back on. I unplugged it from the wall and tried other plugs around the house. Started to take it apart and thought that I would check the output voltage of the transformer first. 12VDC was coming out like a champ so I thought that we were screwed. I found your info and I am happy to say that it worked just as you described. THANKS MUCH!!!!

renee 5 years ago

yayyy! it worked! i was afraid i'd never be able to exercise with my wii again. now i can get back on track! thank you for posting this wii fix!

Amber 5 years ago

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't expect this to work. I thought my Husband would be P.O.'d when he came home that we "somehow" broke the Wii. I unplugged it. I was like 2 minutes, I'll give you till I'm ready(which was like 5min),.. LOL.. And I plugged it into the wall directly.....and.... BAM! it worked! Thank You!

Rebecca 5 years ago

Thanks it worked!

Janice 5 years ago

Thank you it worked perfect!!

Don 5 years ago

I just had this problem thank you so much for posting your solution saved me from buying another console...thank you

Reddy Teddy 5 years ago

Amazing. Just worked for me. Good advice Lamme!!!

Andy 5 years ago

worked for me

:) 5 years ago

Well, ty, I was like OMG IT'S DEAD. But now i'm sure it's not.

Santi 5 years ago

Thank's a lot for the post. My little sisters were sooooooo happy that their wii wasn't broken!!!

Thank you

RAS 5 years ago

You're a hero! I love you! Worked perfectly.

katki 5 years ago

It worked!! I was so doubtful because I don't know much of anything about this stuff, but it worked and I'm so thrilled!!

Julieanne23 5 years ago

Amazing!! It worked and I am so thankful our house was at odds because the little sister accidentally unplugged it, and the older brother was well less than pleasant. Thanks for solving the family feud!

Suzy 5 years ago

You are amazing! Thanks for sharing!! It WORKED!!

kellysb300 5 years ago

My technical issues are never this easy to solve. I can't believe this worked. I am VERY grateful!

Ecojen 5 years ago

Perfect! Thanks soooooo much!

ben 5 years ago

thanks a lot i was really afread it was fried

Sara 5 years ago

Worked like a charm, thank you!! We only use the games when we have parties, but I use it to instant stream netflix while I'm on the elliptical - I would've been bummed to lose it!

michelle 5 years ago

this did NOT work for me, (pretty sure I'm a special case) but I did just replace the power cord and now it's fine. So if this doesn't work for you it might just be that you need a new power cord not a whole new Wii. Just a thought.

kristin 5 years ago

i'm a very happy 26 year old. thank you very much.

sorry to the people it doesn't work for, i wish you the best.

Baxter 5 years ago

This worked for me. Thank you so much!

StarrC 5 years ago

So awesome! I'm so glad I found this page when I googled "My Wii won't turn on"!! Now I have a very happy four year old who can play his Super Hero Squad game again, and I don't have to fall behind on my Wii Fit routine waiting for the money to buy a new Wii! Bless you!

elle 5 years ago

it worked!thank you!

Dawn 5 years ago

wow thanks so much for this tip i thought my wii was dead and my dad was gonna kill Me. Thanks so much very very helpful

Cameron 5 years ago

You saved my life! i thought i broke my Grandparents wii. Thank you so much.

Matt 5 years ago

No doubt. This is absolutely true. Thank you!

Kristi 5 years ago

thanks goodness I found this site...I was worried that we would have to replace the entire console...this worked and I was relieved.

cory w 5 years ago

the ac adapter trick worked my son will be very happy that his wii is working once again thanks

Zach D 5 years ago

totally worked (ac adapter trick) w00t! thank you for posting this :-D

Ann 5 years ago

Fantastic!! Thought we had a broken Wii, found you website and was fixed in nothing flat. Thank you so much.

Dawn 5 years ago

Thanks! We were freaking out that our Wii was broken after a power outage. Found this web site and fixed the problem in ... 2 minutes :-)

Erik  5 years ago

Oh, Thank God. I just bought Donkey Kong and was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to play it. Thanks for your help!

Kiara 5 years ago

It worked!! :) Thank you so much!

Cris 5 years ago

My 8yo was in complete meltdown when our Wii wouldn't work after the bad storms we had this week. This was a complete lifesaver! Thank you sooo much.

Cheryl 5 years ago

Thanks so much! Worked great! Got home and hubby told me that he fried the Wii and it wouldn't work....I thought UGH....after a google search I found this and your fix did it! Again thank you!

Mii 5 years ago

You are a genius!!

Emily 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting how to reset a Wii!! I had the same situation happen and thought for sure my Wii was completely fried but this solution worked perfectly!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Abby 5 years ago

It worked!! HOORAY!!! I was on the verge of total meltdown, about to throw the thing through the plate glass windows & adding up the cost (new Wii and new window,) when I found your post. THANK YOU!!

Amanda 5 years ago

I'm pretty sure you're amazing! I thought for sure my WII was a goner!

Hollybell91 5 years ago

Thank you so MUCH!!! This did the trick for us. We lost power during the last big storm here and our WII has not worked since. I have asked around at a few stores and they all said I would need to replace it. (Who has money for that?!) This was such an easy fix! THANK YOU! (My six year old thanks you too!)

Mo 5 years ago

Oh man I am so glad this worked! My ipod touch just died this week and i was about to have a heart attack if my wii died too, but after two minutes it was as good as new!

Angie 5 years ago

It worked!!

Timothy Hudson 5 years ago

Good information! Usually I am pretty good at figuring these things out on my own but no luck this time and this time it was important! I had been using the Wii for Netflix to watch a documentary so I could write a paper. This def saved me, I was getting frustrated and started losing faith that it was fixable!

MandiMay 5 years ago

Ahh this worked!! Thanks!! I hadn't used my wii in about two weeks and just tried to turn it on and not even a red light would come on. I tried this for 2 minutes and it WORKED!! yay!! Thanks again!

carrie 5 years ago

WOW!! Had the exact same problem and I had decided we were just out a wii! But thankfully it worked for ours too!! Thanks (:

John  5 years ago

Wow amazing, It worked thank you.

anne 5 years ago

Thanks! The exact thing just happened to me! My kids love you!

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