How to Reset a Wii

Written by edward jenkins
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The Nintendo Wii is a revolutionary home gaming console, primarily known for its high-level of interactivity. If your Nintendo Wii is having problems, you may have compatibility issues with installed software. Fortunately, you can reset the Wii to its original factory settings, which could help solve any Wii issues.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Turn your Wii on and wait for the main menu to load. Click the Wii Options button in the lower left of the screen.

  2. 2

    Enter the "Wii Settings" menu by clicking button with the wrench icon. Scroll to the last page in the menu.

  3. 3

    Choose "Format Wii System Memory" at the bottom portion of the screen. Read the warning and select "Format" to reset your Wii to its factory settings.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are having intermittent problems with your Wii, you may want to try a soft reset; unlike a hard reset, a soft reset does not revert to the original factory settings but may clear up issues. To perform a soft reset, press the Reset button on the console for a couple seconds.
  • Although resetting your Wii to its factory settings is a great way to solve compatibility problems, it will erase all of your user and game data.

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