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Old 07-08-2009, 02:41 PM   #21
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Also, I recommend getting a component cable instead of the connector that comes with it - makes the picture much better. Buy it from here and you'll save yourself $20 or so...

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You can buy HDMI and Component cables for the Wii... However, the system itself still only transmits in 480i. The cables to help to bring out the picture but not enough to warrant the money that the cables cost.
I forgot about the components. Even though it is not in HD you still get a much better picture with them. My friend and I have compared them side by side and it does make a difference.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:45 PM   #22
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My wii has some weird flashy lines while playing. Mostly on the Bright white screen. I first thought Great my new tv blows, but there's nothing wrong with the picture when watching TV or playing the Xbox. Both those are using HDMI Cabling though. Any thoughts? I've tried a second set of standard cabling. Maybe I should try component cables?

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After looking at the current price of cables, i change my stance... The component cables are worth the buy... I was basing on the prices that i saw over a year ago....

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I came here to post the monoprice.com link, but I have been beaten to the punch.

But just to reiterate what others have said, if you're putting it on a larger HDTV spring for the upgraded cables. Not HD, but still better.

We have a Wii but it's very under used these days now that the cool factor has wore off. Of course, we don't have any kids old enough to play with it right now. All of my serious gaming is done via Xbox 360 so the Wii is really only used for group entertainment when we all want to try our luck with the basic Wii sports package or mario party.

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My wii has some weird flashy lines while playing. Mostly on the Bright white screen. I first thought Great my new tv blows, but there's nothing wrong with the picture when watching TV or playing the Xbox. Both those are using HDMI Cabling though. Any thoughts? I've tried a second set of standard cabling. Maybe I should try component cables?

I may have the same problem as you -- while I do use the component cables, the picture is better, but about 80% of the time the picture looks wavey - slightly vertical lines flowing through the whole picture. I also get the same similar picture when watching non-HD channels. Weird.
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I came here to post the monoprice.com link, but I have been beaten to the punch.

But just to reiterate what others have said, if you're putting it on a larger HDTV spring for the upgraded cables. Not HD, but still better.

We have a Wii but it's very under used these days now that the cool factor has wore off. Of course, we don't have any kids old enough to play with it right now. All of my serious gaming is done via Xbox 360 so the Wii is really only used for group entertainment when we all want to try our luck with the basic Wii sports package or mario party.

What games do you play on the 360? That is my primary....
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We have a Wii but it's very under used these days now that the cool factor has wore off. Of course, we don't have any kids old enough to play with it right now. All of my serious gaming is done via Xbox 360 so the Wii is really only used for group entertainment when we all want to try our luck with the basic Wii sports package or mario party.
I used to be way more into gaming, but my Xbox (don't have the 360) has been collecting dust for easily the past 6-7 months. Occasionally I get the itch to play some old school Splinter Cell or Halo, but those times are few and far between. I'm tempted to just take what I have to Gamespot to see what they'll offer me for the console + games and put that likely meager amount towards a Wii.

The Wii just seems like it would a lot more fun - besides, the wifey can join in. Punching buttons on a controller never appealed to her.
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I may have the same problem as you -- while I do use the component cables, the picture is better, but about 80% of the time the picture looks wavey - slightly vertical lines flowing through the whole picture. I also get the same similar picture when watching non-HD channels. Weird.
I don't have wavy picture, just like flashing vertical lines like flickering. Doesn't affect the picture besides it. Almost seems like long lines of pixels flickering out. But it's only on Wii. maybe I'll grab some cheap Component cables to try. I hadn't noticed the drastic price drop.

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The Wii just seems like it would a lot more fun - besides, the wifey can join in. Punching buttons on a controller never appealed to her.
This is key to my video game time Wife only likes the 360 when we're playing rockband. She'll play the hell out of some Mario kart on Wii though And it's the only game I care to really play as well. We play usually at least 3 nights a week after bean go to bed. Mario kart and few Keezer draws. The Perfect NightCap
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With mine its to opposite. Every time I go to play the batteries are dead.
I'm told it has to do with how far you are able to stand from the Wii when playing... the longer distance, the wiimotes go into a different bluetooth mode and chew up batteries.

Mariokart is, in fact, awesome.

I would really suggest renting games as a means of shopping, many games that are "avialable" for the wii aren't really "wii games" per se, they don't use the wii's cool abilities, you're just holding the remote like an old game system...
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The Wii just seems like it would a lot more fun - besides, the wifey can join in. Punching buttons on a controller never appealed to her.
This is very but my wife made it to the finals of the Nintendo (NES) World Championships in 1990 for 11 and under. She kicks my ass at any old-school game with her eyes closed.
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