Bloody hell, my plug is behind a unit so hard to get to but this might explain why mine freezes sometimes, usually just as I'm about to bag 2000xp....ok maybe not that much
Unplug it when not in use.
Just found out the little bugger is really hot ALL THE TIME! Most modern electronics go into standby but apparently the Wii goes full throttle 24/7...
Anyway just a tip for those with freeze up problems mine use to be on all the time but now when I'm done I unplug the freaking thing.
Mine never heats up and I've left mine on by accident all night. Still wasn't overly hot. Do you have a wii that's older than a year or so? There was a recall on the power plug cord due to it causing over heating. Even when the powers off it would keep power surging through the wii causing over heating. In stead of your wii turning red light it would stay orange. Mine is a newer wii so I didn't have to worry about it.
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My basement is extremely cold. I don't have the freezing problems as much, but when it happens, it's usually on Mario Kart O_o
But I have a surge protector switch, so I turn it on when I use it, and back off at night.
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But yeah, for all you Wii owners that have overheat problems, it is because your Wii is on StandBy. When the Wii is on standby, it's constantly attempting to get updates, news, etc. via Wii Connect 24, which is to say your internet connection. So, it's still working even when off. This isn't as rough on the Wii compared to if you left the system on playing a game all night, but constant work for any console will cause overheating.
Having Wii Connect 24 on is almost entirely redundant (having it on doesn't really do anything for ya, and having it off impacts nothing), can kill the Wii's overall life span, and for anyone who's a stickler of the electric bill, is definitely unnecessary power spent. But this can be turned off in an easy minute, simply by going to the Wii's option menu (the circle in the lower-left of the Wii's main menu, where all channels are displayed), finding the "Wii Connect 24" tab, clicking it and changing it from On to Off. You'll never need to fuss over unplugging the Wii again. For anyone who's got their outlets behind a mesh of wires and furniture like me, this is quite convenient. =)
Oh, and as confirmation the Wii is no longer on standby, the power button's light will change from Orange to Red when the console is off.