I just picked up a new Wii Mini, hooked it all up and fired up the console. I can hear it, I can feel the rumble from the remote as I hover over the channels, but I get no picture over component cables. I'm using Nintendo brand cables that I tested on my regular Wii and they work fine so that's not the issue. Any ideas why the Mini doesn't support a picture over component? I didn't see anything saying it at least wouldn't support 480p...
Unfortunately I don't think the Wii mini is compatible with component cables. From the instruction manual: "IMPORANT: The Wii mini console will not work with any AV cable other than the model supplied."
Received this in response to my support request:
Thank you for contacting us. I'm sorry to hear of the issue you encountered setting up your Wii mini with component cables, and I can certainly understand your thoughts in this situation. I would first like to assure you that the Wii mini should be compatible with component cables. Your experience is important to us, and I want to assure you that I've forwarded your comments to the appropriate departments here at Nintendo.
While I would like to assist you further with this issue by email, in this situation it would be best for us to speak with you directly. That way we can get all the details and work out the best solution.
At your earliest convenience, please contact our Consumer Service Department by calling 1-800-255-3700 any time between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week. In order to speed things along, make sure to have your system with you when you call.
I think even Nintendo themselves can't believe that the Wii mini doesn't work with component cables. Given how cut down the mini is, it's a wonder it has an OS. What are all those channel slots going to be used for? I'd buy it for the red Wiimote/nunchuck and eBay the rest.
The Wii mini is a watered down waste of plastic, silicon, and most importantly, our time.
After I replied citing media reports that the wii mini does not support component:
I apologize for the misunderstanding. You're correct that Wii mini only supports the use of Wii AV Cables, not Wii Component Cables. We would however, like to discuss your connection options if you're having difficulty connecting your new system. You're encouraged to contact our Consumer Service Department by calling 1-800-255-3700 any time between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time, seven days a week. We look forward to hearing from you.
Connection options? Many modern TVs lack a dedicated composite input, sharing the input with the sole component Y input, thereby precluding the use of additional component video devices. Composite RCA (the dreaded yellow video cable) is one step up from the octogenarian RF. Composite video is horrendously laggy on HDTVs, as it takes many more video processing steps to convert the signal to native resolution. The steps are:
Each step takes about a frame to process; this is in addition to the 1-4 frame scaling and processing delay already present in native resolution signals, so we can have up to 8(!) frames of lag for composite signals on HDTVs. This makes the Wii mini virtually unplayable on all but CRT televisions.
If i were you, I would save the hastle and pain of using a Wii Mini and get a regular Wii. the Mini cannot do 480p at all, has no SD Card slot, No Internet Access (no wifi and the lan adapter does not work as the network settings page was removed) and there is no eShop. and it only has 1 USB port, that means games that use both USB ports wont work correctly, like games that do 2 player using USB Microphones.
You cannot transfer any saves to a Wii Mini as because of the lack of a SD Card slot.
(if you have Skyward Sword)
and if you want to complete Zelda: Skyward Sword, on the Wii Mini, you may run into the "Song of the Hero glitch" as with no internet or SD card slot, you have to way to download the Save Data Update Channel For The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword to fix the problem and no way to run it on a wii with Internet Access to fix the save as without a SD Card slot, there is no way to run the save through the channel on a regular Wii then continue playing.
"We will be releasing an online patch in order to fix this bug. Those who do not have access to the internet will need to send their copies of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, their SD Card with Skyward Sword save data on it, or their Nintendo Wii system to our Customer Service." —Nintendo's Official Website.
that means to have the bug fixed, the Wii Mini will need to be sent in to Nintendo with a copy of Skyward Sword. and thats even if they will apply the patch to a save on a Mini in the first place.
the only plus I see is that its not slot loading, means if the Wii dies, you can still remove your game and not need to have Nintendo remove it for you.
Wii Mini hardware and the operating system does not support component video or 480p. Frankly there isn't much need for discussion. Unless one wants to investigate the technical cause, which I don't believe Nintendo has revealed yet.