Dec 01


Nintendo’s Wii is a loud bugger of a console, even on its best days. But there’s a little plastic part in the Wii, near the disc spinner-head thingy, that sometimes starts to vibrate out of control.

And just like that, the Wii gets louder and louder as the part deteriorates over time. The vibration can cause scratches on your Wii game discs or worse.

Apparently, some discs cause more noise than others. Data heavy games, like MarioKart Wii, Smash Brothers, and a bunch of others.

My surprise then, when I hear the dreadful “wirrrrrr” and shaking noise coming from my Wii. And my Wii is old enough to have long run out on it’s initial warranty.

There is a solution, which Mord wrote about in a piece a while back. And I’ll of course post it below.

Still, breaking apart my Wii just wasn’t something I wanted to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve become handy with a soldering iron lately and I imagine taking the Wii apart would relatively easy to do. Plus, the YouTube video kinda makes it look easy, doesn’t it?

Nope, for me the decision came down to economics and two screaming, potentially very PO’d kids. Take apart their Wii and not get it up and running again and deal with the angry wife who probably won’t let me shell out $200 bucks for that shiney red Wii that I’ve been eyeing?

Nope. Easy decision. Just as Mord did, I’ve packed up my Wii and went through the repair/RMA process that Nintendo offers on their website.

Total charge for an out of warranty repair $75+taxes+shipping which came to around $93. Hefty price tag considering the new system is just a $100 bucks more. But I guess paying half for a repaired system is worth not having to deal with the other issues.

The process is relatively painless, with the hardest part being finding a suitable box and packing the Wii yourself safely for it’s transit.

You start by going through Nintendo’s repair/troubleshooting process. On their support page you’ll find a link for “Picture and sound” troubleshooting. And ultimately, it leads you to this page, which automatically starts your RMA process.

Click through (and have your credit card and Wii console’s serial number ready) the “Start Repair” pages and you’re almost done. Pay, then print out a pre-addressed and labeled FedEex shipping label and you’re about 75% done.

The next step involves backing up your Wii data (which Nintendo provides easy step-by-step instructions) onto an SD card and final packaging. Don’t worry about the WiiWare/VC stuff, you can re-download those if Nintendo wipes your Wii’s memory.

After you’ve done that, pack the Wii up (with some padding in the box), slap the label on and drop it off at your nearest FedEx/Kinko’s.

Pretty easy and Nintendo does provide an easy to use website to track your repair progress. Most repairs are reportedly done in about a week.

My Wii is on it’s way to SoCal for its repair, so we’ll see how long it takes. Hurry up Nintendo, the kids (and Dad’s copy of Goldeneye) are waiting!!!

One Response to “My Noisey, Broken Wii”

  1. Video Games says:

    Never heard with it.

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