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How to Play DVD on Wii – Answer to "Does Wii Play DVDs"


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"I want to buy a Wii, but does it play DVDs?"

Yes, you can play DVD movies or TV shows on Wii/Wii U with the assistance of DVD to Wii Converter or Homebrew Channel.

As we know Nintendo equips Wii with a DVD drive, then many people think it is certainly reasonable to watch DVD movies on Wii. But when they insert a DVD movie disc, the result would be disappointed as Wii doesn't provide a feature for watching DVD movie.

In this article, we will introduce two methods to play DVDs on Wii.

Method  1 Rip DVD to Wii Supported Format (Recommended)

Although the Wii's DVD drive doesn't support a DVD movie disc, but it supports video playback with the preset app "Photo Channel". The "Photo Channel" app can play AVI or MOV video encoded in MJPEG (Movie JPEG) format.

The easiest way to play DVD on Wii is ripping DVD to Wii supported format. What you need is a DVD to Wii Converter and an SD card. Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate can do you a great favor to directly rip/convert DVD movies to Wii and Wii U preset profile formats, which means that you don't need to waste time to search on the Internet for what file formats can be played on Wii U.

Click the buttons below you can download the program and try it for free. Both Windows and Mac versions are available.


Step 1. Install Video Converter Ultimate

Download and launch Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. Insert the DVD disc you want to rip to the DVD drive. Wait until it is detected. Then click "Load DVD" button on the top left of the main interface.

Insert the DVD Disc
Step 2. Choose the Wii Video Format

Wii supported video formats (compatible with the Photo Channel): QuickTime (motion JPEG) format (MOV) and AVI (Motion JPEG) format (AVI). Since this DVD to Wii ripper is built in with the preset output video profile for Wii, users can easily select the profile. Click the Output Format's drop-down menu like in the picture below and select Device>Game>Wii.

Choose the Wii Video Format
Step 3. Convert DVD to Wii

After the target format is chosen, the last step is click the "Convert" button to start the ripping & converting process.

Convert DVD to Wii
Step 4. Transfer Converted DVD Files to Your Nintendo Wii

Now you can copy the converted DVD files to your SD card. Then plug in the SD card to your Wii and enjoy your converted DVD on Wii.

Tips: Nintendo Wii classifies available applications into different channels and collects them in Wii Menu. Photo Channel, one of built-in channels of Wii, is the essential part for playing DVD movies on Wii, which is used to display, share and manage photos/movies/videos/audio with Wii console through a SD card.

Method  2 Use the Homebrew Channel to Play DVD on Wii (Risky)


Note that you're going to need to tweak your console's OS a bit, and you'll be required to install software that Nintendo doesn't technically approve of, and that this could potentially void your warranty. If you're not comfortable mucking about in the digital guts of your Wii, you should probably turn back now.


• Nintendo Wii (with system version 3.2)

• A FAT/FAT32 formatted SD card (2GB and below)

• A SD card reader/writer

• The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Wii

• The Twilight Hack (which is compatible with Homebrew Channel Installer)

• Homebrew Channel Installer

• DVDX: this app enables Wii to read DVDs once inserted in the drive

• Media player that is enabled to play commercial DVDs (MPlayer)

Step 1. Download and install the Homebrew Channel. You'll need to do this using either the Twilight Hack, Bannerbomb, or Indiana Pwns exploit. You can find all of the hacks (as well as instructions on how to use each of them) on the Homebrew Channel Website.

Step 2. Once installed, you can then pop into the MPlayer app from the Homebrew Channel, put a video DVD in the drive, and your favorite video will be right in front of you in no time.

Homebrew Channel Website
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