Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
RickR

Scored a free "broken" Wii

Recommended Posts

Hey all:  Someone on a local Facebook "freecycle" group gifted me a Wii they bought a while ago, couldn't get working, and just set aside.  I thought I'd share the process of figuring out what I've got here.

First of all, here's the sack left for me on the porch. 

667911889_freewii001.JPG.3bb1b43969c66d066a7f96f5365e7650.JPG

 

And here are the contents. 

462893634_freewii002.JPG.ef95e253201922f3b073cc06f6b2a55c.JPG


I can see potential issues straight away.  That's not an OEM infrared bard.  Wireless rechargeable?  I'll bet that thing doesn't work.  And also component cables.  I don't want to mess with those (although I'm sure the picture will be nicer). 

656057888_freewii005.JPG.5575fe8c438a3601b73b174aed913c0f.JPG

878623114_freewii006.JPG.c95dfe895c86cbf80f632642cca12789.JPG

My plan:  I'll borrow the light bar and composite cable from my current Wii and see if the thing works.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow!  Sweet grab! Those component cables were not usually cheap but, if they work, would improve the video quality from the Wii.  And I would not use anything but an official sensor bar with my Wii.  I hope it works.  Then again that might have been a GS "Premium" bundle.  Is the Wii backwards compatible with GC?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Atari 5200 Guy said:

Is the Wii backwards compatible with GC?

The newer models aren't, but the older ones are. This model is.

How do I know? This is my Wii! The same model, at least. When I was little, I thought it was pretty cool that I had the black Wii while everyone else had the white one. You really don't see these too often. In fact, @RickR here is the only other person I know personally who owns the thing, unless someone else here has one that I don't know about. I've seen the occasional YouTuber have one in the background, but no one I knew. So that's cool.

The black Wii looks wayyy cooler. It's like the Vader Model of the Wii world.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

An update:

  • It works!  (I used my composite cable).
  • It does NOT have gamecube controller or memory card ports.
  • The lightbar works too once I found a cable to charge it with. 
  • The controller works.
  • BUT....it made a horrible grinding sound when it turns on.  Eject button does nothing but make more grinding sounds.
  • Using needlenose pliers, I carefully pulled out one....two...THREE discs!  Whoops!
  • But now it won't load discs.  They get pulled in, but not quite all the way before being ejected.  There is either something still stuck in there or some damage done by the three discs.  Any ideas?

 

free wii 007.JPG

free wii 008.JPG

free wii 010.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, HDN said:

In fact, @RickR here is the only other person I know personally who owns the thing, unless someone else here has one that I don't know about

Hey, you are NOT alone.  My main Wii is the white kind, but my "backup" Wii is the black vader with Gamecube ports.  Vader-Wii High Five! 

This one is my third, and I think it's the newer "non-GC-compatible" type.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, RickR said:

It does NOT have gamecube controller or memory card ports

Oh, I see. Last time, you only showed it from the side, that's why I thought we had the same model. You can tell because of the way the text is oriented on the side with the disc drive. Mine is meant to be standing up, while yours is meant to lay on its side.

I believe that one's called the "family edition".

So I guess I'm still alone in the "cool Wii" club. Eh. More for me!

EDIT: This (above post) showed up, literally, the exact second I posted this.

Vader-Wii high five, @RickR!

My Wii and I have been spending a lot of time together today. I've been setting up MAME, Odyssey 2, and 7800 emulation. I can't wait to play some O2 with my dad. He was pretty happy when he say the rainbow-colored SELECT GAME screen come up. I surprised him with it.

I should make a post recounting our O2 adventures later today.

Edited by HDN
RickR

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
41 minutes ago, HDN said:

The newer models aren't, but the older ones are. This model is.

How do I know? This is my Wii! The same model, at least. When I was little, I thought it was pretty cool that I had the black Wii while everyone else had the white one. You really don't see these too often. In fact, @RickR here is the only other person I know personally who owns the thing, unless someone else here has one that I don't know about. I've seen the occasional YouTuber have one in the background, but no one I knew. So that's cool.

The black Wii looks wayyy cooler. It's like the Vader Model of the Wii world.

Hey now.  Don't leave me out.

IMG_20201111_141119.jpg.967031748360a390a6114829d06cb7df.jpg

@RickR you would need to take the top off the Wii.  It sounds like a stripped gear.  If you get the top off turn the Wii where it is facing you. Look on the right.  There is a series of small gears over there.  Check them out.  With that many discs in the drive it might have been too much for those small gears to handle.  It might have either stripped them or caused them to slip.  I'd check there first.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will try disassembly now, thanks for the link.  Maybe I'll get lucky and find a coin in mine!

The good news is that I do not have "New Super Mario Bros." or "Wii Party".  So no matter what, I have two new games and a nice working controller set out of the deal.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Update:  I was able to get the system to load discs properly.  There is a plastic "scissors" assembly on the top of the drive that was jammed.  I unjammed it and gave it a little lubrication and it worked again.  Also of note -- there was a ton of debris inside that was most likely corn chip crumbs! 

Sadly, the drive won't read discs.  Pretty typical for old Wii's.  I could replace the entire drive I guess, but it just isn't worth it.  Maybe I'll just hack it and make an emulation station of it.

On the bright side, those two games do work just fine on my good Wii.  SMB is kind of scratched, so I may end up polishing that one.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good tip, and I did clean the lens with alcohol and a q-tip.

This will be the fourth Wii I've found broken in this way.  Our original (the one I bought for our boys new), a friend who asked me to fix his son's, and my brother's were the first three.  Disk spins, but discs won't read.  In all cases, unfixable unless you replace the drive. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even if your new Wii doesn't end up working, it's not that big of a problem. I only use the disc drive for my GameCube games.

In my opinion, the Wii's library is mediocre at best. Most of the games are cash-grab "waggle the Wii remote" family and casual-oriented minigame compilations. Even Nintendo's own first party offerings are lacking compared to what has come before and since the Wii. Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are no Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, or Breath of the Wild. Super Mario Galaxy, while beloved by many, just doesn't seem to interest me. And don't even get me started on Metroid: Other M!

Not to say the Wii didn't have good games. It did; though I think of all the Nintendo consoles, the Wii's library is probably the worst. The original DS has a similar problem, but at least that one had some real greats like Super Mario 64 DS, my favorite Mario game. The Wii U had a library much better suited to my tastes as a Nintendo fan, and so did the GameCube.

I love my Vader Wii. I have spent a lot of time with it and have some fantastic memories. However, most of those memories were spent with either FCE-Ultra GX, Wii 2600, or the GameCube compatibility. You'll have to mod this Wii, @RickR.

TL;DR: If your revitalization attempts on your new Wii fail, turn it into an emulation slave!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, HDN said:

Even if your new Wii doesn't end up working, it's not that big of a problem. I only use the disc drive for my GameCube games.

In my opinion, the Wii's library is mediocre at best. Most of the games are cash-grab "waggle the Wii remote" family and casual-oriented minigame compilations. Even Nintendo's own first party offerings are lacking compared to what has come before and since the Wii. Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are no Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, or Breath of the Wild. Super Mario Galaxy, while beloved by many, just doesn't seem to interest me. And don't even get me started on Metroid: Other M!

Not to say the Wii didn't have good games. It did; though I think of all the Nintendo consoles, the Wii's library is probably the worst. The original DS has a similar problem, but at least that one had some real greats like Super Mario 64 DS, my favorite Mario game. The Wii U had a library much better suited to my tastes as a Nintendo fan, and so did the GameCube.

I love my Vader Wii. I have spent a lot of time with it and have some fantastic memories. However, most of those memories were spent with either FCE-Ultra GX, Wii 2600, or the GameCube compatibility. You'll have to mod this Wii, @RickR.

TL;DR: If your revitalization attempts on your new Wii fail, turn it into an emulation slave!

I can't complain about Metroid Other M or Twilight Princess...I haven't beat them yet but I have had a lot of fun with them.  I also enjoyed Super Mario Galaxy.  Then again the most expensive Wii game in my collection is City Folk, the rest were $5 or less.  My wife gifted me my Wii (Christmas) a few years ago and grabbed Speed with it along with two others.  I spend more time on Speed than most of my other Wii games.  I don't care that I've already beat the game, I still enjoy the sense of speed and sounds the game has.  Its a simple, easy to pick up and play game.  My Sims and My Sims Kingdom are fun as well...for me though.  The Wii's library of games are casual games and are a nice break from the usual stuff that are far more frustrating and stress inducing than is really necessary.  Based on that I don't think the Wii library is entirely terrible.  Then again I only have about 30 games for it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Atari 5200 Guy said:

I really wish Nintendo would have updated the Wii software so that Netflix could still be used.  It made for a great little Netflix box for an older TV.

I use the Wii U for the same purpose. It comes with HDMI, but will work with the Wii’s composite cables. I actually bought another set just for that purpose. Netflix and YouTube.

Not like my CRT is compatible with composite right out of the box! I use a separate RF modulator to get the composite signals to go through coax.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...