How to Connect Your Wii U to Your Television

What to Know

  • Place Wii U close to your television on a level surface. AC adapter plugged into outlet Connect the yellow end to the yellow port.
  • Connect the red sensor cord to the red port. TV and HDMI cable connected. Put the sensor bar above the TV or underneath the screen.
  • Connect the gamepad, then push the red button to turn it on.

How to Connect Your Wii U to Your Television

1. Find a Place for Your Wii U

Once your Wii U console and all of its parts have been removed from the box, you must choose a location for the console. It need to be set up close to your television on a level surface.

The Wii U system sits flat by default, but you can sit it upright if you have a stand, like the one that comes with the Deluxe bundle. Two plastic pieces that resemble short “U”s make up the stand. When the console is flat, they move to the right side of it. The stand components’ slots line up with the tabs protruding from the console.

2. Connect the Cables to the Wii U

The rear of the Wii U is connected via three cords. Connect the AC adapter to a power outlet. Now insert the yellow-coded end of the AC adapter, which is on the opposite end, into the Wii U’s yellow port. You can appropriately orient it by observing the port’s form. The red port’s design will also indicate how to insert the sensor cable, which is coded red, into it.

An HDMI cable that resembles a smiling mouth is included with the Wii U. You can connect anything if your TV has an HDMI port, which has the same form as an HDMI port.

3. Instructions If Your TV Doesn’t Have an HDMI Port

  • Place the Wii U console at least 4″ (10 cm) away from walls or other surfaces that may block ventilation.
  • Ensure your television is turned off.
  • Connect the HDMI cable to an available HDMI port on your television.
Instructions If Your TV Doesn’t Have an HDMI Port to connect your wii U
  • Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the Wii U console.
  • Turn your television on.
  • Select the correct input channel on your television.
  • Set the Wii U’s TV Connection Type to HDMI.

4. Place the Wii U Sensor Bar

The sensor bar may be positioned either directly below the TV’s screen or on top of it. It need to be in the center of the display. The two adhesive foam pads on the underside of the sensor should have the plastic film removed. Next, the sensor should be gently pressed into position. To prevent the signal from being obstructed if you mount the sensor on top, make sure its front is flat with the TV’s front.

Since it’s less likely to be blocked by low items like my feet on an ottoman or a toddler, we like the sensor bar to be on top of the TV.

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5. Set up Your Wii U Gamepad

Either a cradle or a gamepad AC adapter may be used to charge the controller (which comes with the Deluxe Set). The best locations to charge the gamepad are next to your console or where you usually sit so it is always available. You may charge the gamepad anywhere that is close to an electrical outlet.

Simply insert one end of the AC adapter into a wall outlet and the other end into the port on the top of the gamepad if you are only using it to power the device. When using the cradle, place it on a level surface after inserting the AC adapter into the bottom of the cradle. When the gamepad is inserted, the home button sits in a notch on the front of the cradle.

6. Turn on the Gamepad and Let Nintendo Guide You from Here

On the gamepad, press the red power button. From this point on, Nintendo will walk you through setting up your Wii U step by step. You’ll notice that the gamepad has a red sync button on the back and the console has a red sync button on the front when you are prompted to sync your console and gamepad. You will need a pen or other object to push the gamepad button because it is recessed.

Keep in mind that any Wii remotes you intend to utilize with the Wii U will also need to be synced. The sync button, which is inconveniently situated under the battery cover on the remote, will simply be used to sync both the console and the remote.