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can the wii letterbox 16x9 games on a 4:3 tv?

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by gregjp48@e, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. gregjp48@e

    gregjp48@e WiiChat Member

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    Hi, first post.

    I'm looking into buying a Wii. I have a 4:3 SD TV, but I still want to be able to play widescreen games in widescreen via letterboxing like a DVD does. Is this possible with the Wii? Does my tv need aspect ratio control, because I'm not sure if it does.

    Also, the TV has component inputs. Do I need the component cables for widescreen? Is the 480p worth it over 480i?

    Thanks a bunch :)
     
  2. Pikachu256

    Pikachu256 KryKidd

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    Well When I Tired to play in widescreen everything looked out of place like you cant see the edges or anything like that, to play in widescreen I think your TV has to be like 16:9 mode
     
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    WiiBad Member of Wiichat

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    Hey, welcome to Wiichat. You don't need component cables for widescreen. 480p is definitely worth it if you have the capability (you said you have a SD television right?). The Wii comes with composite a/v cables and is capable of running in widescreen. You can purchase component cables separately if you like a clearer and finer tuned picture.
     
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    gregjp48@e WiiChat Member

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    thanks :)
    So the 480i will definitely run widescreen? will it run letterboxed, or only if connected via composite to a widescreen tv? I hope it's the former, as I really want to play in widescreen, but don't own a widescreen tv/monitor. I will probably buy the component video cables, but at a later date.

    On another note... IS THERE ANYWHERE WITH A WII IN STOCK???
     
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    WiiBad Member of Wiichat

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    The Wii will run in widescreen in standard or enhanced definition; there is no setting for letterboxing, however you may be able to do this with a setting on a widescreen television if you like. You should be all set. As far as finding a Wii, this can still be a difficult endeavor, however it is much easier than in the past few months. After never seeing them in stock anywhere, there are often a few available at Walmart and the Gamestore in my town. One sure way, is anytime a place has them in their sales paper, such as Walmart, you can pretty much expect them to either have some in stock or be getting some in within a few days. Check sales papers and call around, maybe somewhere will hold one for you; just going to a store hoping to get one will probably leave you disappointed.
     
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    gregjp48@e WiiChat Member

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    I see a button on my remote called A*select, so maybe that's aspect ratio control, but I can't be sure.
    There's a gamestop near my house/school, so I can check there to see if they have any in stock by calling or whatever. I downloaded the wii finder widget from outtastock.com, for online retailers, and it should alert me when there's anything. I found like 1 bundle in stock that's like $450, but I really don't want aything right now but the $250 wii and twilight princess, and possibly an extra controller for Wii sports. Oh well, cross your fingers.
     
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    WiiBad Member of Wiichat

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    Twilight Princess and WiiSports should keep you going for quite awhile. As far as an extra remote, you don't really have to have one; on WiiSports you can easily trade off with the same remote during multiplayer (it's actually made to do this way, me and a couple other people played three player before...lots of fun). Not sure if you know, but the system comes with both a Wiimote and nunchuk; so, unless you just want two you can save money there too. Those bundles seem like too much of a gimmick to me, if you're persistant you should find what you want before too long.
     
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    gregjp48@e WiiChat Member

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    to be honest the only bundle i would get would be an extra Wiimote, with one or two games. One would be TP, two would be TP and MP3 when it comes out, as I doubt I'm going to be able to acquire a Wii before then anyway. I probably don't need the extra Wiimote right now though.

    I've seen comparisons between 480i and 480p and I'm thinking that I should get the component cables, though apparently they're hard to find unless you order them online. If I played on 480i, I'm sure it wouldn't kill me right? It's not as if I'm on an HDTV, where it would matter a lot more. I use a computer monitor for my 360, but my monitor doesn't have component input (most monitors under 27" don't), so I may use a cheaper TV that I already own along side the computer monitor in my room, rather than take up the family room TV (playing a 40+ hour Zelda game would piss of the family). However, I'd be giving up 480p (no component inputs on that TV).

    I really really really hope that I can letterbox it though, as it was the widescreen and the controls that convinced me to get a Wii now, rather than buy TP for gamecube, and get the Wii at a later date.
     
  9. nikonuser

    nikonuser former xbox360 user

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    Its hard to find Nintendo Wii's! I got mine from craigslist! http://www.craigslist.org then click on the area where you from then type in wii on the for sale section.
    Hope this helps.
     

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