How to Take Apart Your Nintendo Wii

If you find your Nintendo Wii under attack by dust bunnies, break things down for a good cleaning without wasting much time.

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Whether you're an Xbox or more an Atari, you'll find information you can use in this gaming consoles video series from Howcast which includes step-by-step instructions on how to install a Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii.

You Will Need

  • Micro screwdriver set
  • Security tri-wing screwdriver
  • Steady hand

Steps

  1. Taking apart your console may void any existing warranties.

  2. Step 1

    Pop off the top flaps

    Stand your Wii vertically and remove the top flaps by carefully bending them back until they snap out.

  3. Step 2

    Remove top screws

    Remove the three Philips head screws in the top of the console and then slide out the black panel around the four Gamecube and memory ports.

  4. Step 3

    Remove screws under panel

    Remove the two Philips head screws under the black panel and then the two tri-wing screws using a security tri-wing screwdriver.

  5. Track which screws go where carefully. Nintendo uses a mixture of both tri-wing and Philips head screws and the two cannot be interchanged.

  6. Step 4

    Flip the console over

    Flip the console over and remove all the screws fro the bottom including the one near the battery cover.

  7. Use a flat head screwdriver to gently pry up the rubber feet and other obstructions that hide many of the screws.

  8. Step 5

    Detach face plate

    Detach the front faceplate and use a flathead screwdriver to separate the power connectors from inside the console.

  9. Step 6

    Lie the console flat

    Lay the console flat and pry the case panel away from the unit by placing a flat head screwdriver in the seam.

  10. Step 7

    Check for additional screws

    Check for additional screws if you are having difficulty removing the panel. You have successfully disassembled your Wii.

  11. A Nintendo Wii consumes 16 watts of electricity when turned on -- considerably less than the 53 watts of an average incandescent light bulb.

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