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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.


  • : Taking apart your console may void any existing warranties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Track which screws go where carefully. Nintendo uses a mixture of both tri-wing and Philips head screws and the two cannot be interchanged.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Use a flat head screwdriver to gently pry up the rubber feet and other obstructions that hide many of the screws.
  • Step 5: Detach face plate Detach the front faceplate and use a flathead screwdriver to separate the power connectors from inside the console.
  • 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.
  • Step 7: Check for additional screws Check for additional screws if you are having difficulty removing the panel. You have successfully disassembled your Wii.
  • FACT: A Nintendo Wii consumes 16 watts of electricity when turned on -- considerably less than the 53 watts of an average incandescent light bulb.

You Will Need

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

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