Wii to HDMI with 1080p Upscaling Review
I was a little skeptical when I first received the Wii to HDMI adapter. It came in a plain white box with few instructions. It seemed a little generic for what I had thought. It turns out that it wasn’t bad at all. I got exactly what I was looking for.
The small adapter is very easy to use. When it is called “Plug-and-Play”, it lives up to it. The adapter is plugged into the regular video port of the Wii. Connect the HDMI cable to it afterwards, and it is all set. You can tweak the video signal in a couple of ways. There is a pinhole on a side of the adapter that will change the setting of upscaling it provides. Mine defaulted to 720p. I actually preferred the way this looked over the 1080p setting. It was recommended to change settings in the Wii Menu to 480i for the upscaling signal. I preferred 480p.
The graphics are still Wii graphics. They cannot be compared to the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. However, it does improve the quality from the Wii. There were some games that the adapter really made a difference for me. One them being Legend of Zelda: Twighlight Princess. Everything looked a lot cleaner. Before, The game looked as if everything was blurred together. Now, you can make out shapes better, difference between furnishings in the house, the forests are crisper, and even Link looked more detailed. You can see difference below
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Some games did not have as much difference in the gameplay graphics. It may have been just too much action and motion for me to distinguish the difference. The one I am mainly thinking of is Mario Kart Wii. The racing didn’t seem much different, but the menus had a difference. Just like Link above was more detailed, each character and vehicle in the menus of Mario Kart Wii appeared better. However, you can still see a little difference in detail and color vibrance in gameplay in the other characters and the Lakitu carrying the red lights.
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Overall, I felt the Wii to HDMI adapter did improve the graphics. It was much better than my Composite connection before. A side bonus is I can now have the Wii and my NES connected at the same time to the same TV. The only thing I was not a fan of was the light that is built into the adapter. Whenever the Wii is on or in sleep mode there is a blue light shining from the Wii to HDMI converter. However, this isn’t too bad if I hide it in a media center. In my situation, my friends and I like to use Gamecube controllers for games. This means that I need to have the Wii in front of the media center for distance and connecting the controllers. A simple fix is to turn it completely off. It doesn’t lower the quality of signal, I would just like to see a toggle for that light in a future model.
Where Can I Get The Wii to HDMI Adapter?
Click this link to go to the product description page: Wii to HDMI Adapter