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How to Watch YouTube Video on Nintendo Wii?

Although Nintendo Wii is the best home video game console with new concept in recent years, it is often derided by Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 owners for its lack of better multimedia support. Wii users have to enjoy all media by external DVD disc, or SD cards. So we can’t use Wii as the home multimedia center like PS3 or Xbox does to watch online streaming videos like YouTube.

Nintendo Wii

Actually we have the indirect method to enjoy YouTube videos on Nintendo Wii. And it’s really easy if we got the right tool and the good instruction below.


Step 1: Download Your Favorite Video from YouTube

It’s not something new to use some trick to simply grab your perferred videos from YouTube to your desktop. Just choose your toolkit according to your needs and patience level – if you do a lot of downloading it might be worth your while to check out the more full-featured application, such as the simple best:

YouTube Video Downloader


Step 2: Convert YouTube Video to DPG Files Ready for Nintendo DS

Since the original YouTube videos you got are always in FLV (Flash Video) or MP4 (MPEG-4) video format, Nintendo Wii can’t play back kind of these files. Actually, there is no such built-in multimedia player on Wii for video playback. Don’t worry, there’s the way.

Besides these distinguishing features of the console such as Wii Remote, Wii also has elementary media support with SD cards function. However, not all SD and SDHC Cards are compatible with the Wii console. Nintendo has licensed specific SD Cards for use with the Wii console. And then, we must know the embedded Wii system application Photo Channel. The Photo Channel can play some kinds of video files in following formats: Quicktime (motion JPEG) format (MOV), AVI (Motion JPEG) format (AVI).

You just need to convert YouTube videos to the specific MOV or AVI format for Wii. Jut a few video converter can do the right thing for Nintendo Wii video files, so just try out some latest releases.

YouTube to Nintendo Wii Video Converter


Step 3: Play Videos on Nintendo Wii Photo Channel

The Photo Channel lets you use your Wii console to edit, share, display, and have fun with photos you load onto your Wii through an SD card. You can access Photo Channel on the Wii Menu.

With our converted YouTube videos for Wii, simply play them back with Photo Channel on Nintendo Wii. Maybe it’s not an easy job to download YouTube videos and play on Wii, but finally your personal entertainment center based on Nintendo Wii is done.

It’s actually very easy to get online stream videos like YouTube to your Wii if you have the right tools and a little bit of patience to set everything up. :-)

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  • 1 myew ~ Jul 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Originally, I think maybe my Nintendo Wii is outdate and doesn’t work at all, but when I try the video download capture to download YouTube videos and convert them to the specific MOV or AVI format for Wii, my entertainment center based on Nintendo Wii is done again.
    Thanks a lot!

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