How to Play DVD Movies on Nintendo Wii

Play DVD movie discs on Wii is impossible in our common sense. In fact, we can watch DVD movies on Nintendo Wii in at least 2 ways.

Wii is a video game console developed by Nintendo, it has been the most successful product of Nintendo in recent years. As the seventh generation console, it broke the sales records in US and beat PS3 and XBox 360 in the first years of announcement.

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

But where there is a will there is a way, today I am going to introduce two ways to play DVD on Wii, you will definitely find one that suits you.

Play DVD on Wii by ripping the video off

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. Therefore, the mission is clear, rip the movie from DVD, then convert it to the specific format.

Rip movie from DVD disc and convert the video to Wii-accepted format

In this step, we need a software which is able to rip movie content from DVD disc, and it could be better if the software can also convert the video format. Here is a software meeting all these needs, ImElfin DVD Ripper. With this software, you can rip & convert DVD to any video format in one-stop, click the buttons below you can download the program and try it for free. Both Windows and Mac versions are available.

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Install the software, then insert DVD disc to computer and run the program, all the contents in the DVD disc will be displayed in main window.

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Select the parts you want to rip, and choose the target video format in "Profile" option. ImElfin DVD Ripper has preset 2 video formats for Wii, "Wii AVI Video(*.avi)" and "Wii MOV Video(*.mov)", either format will do.

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

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Play the video in Wii by Photo Channel

Now getting a SD card, you can just use the SD card plugged in Wii. Reading the card on your computer and find the folder which saves the photos, and copy the AVI or MOV video into the folder. After that, insert the SD card back to Wii.

Turn on Wii and go to "Photo Channel", when the Wii asks you which photos to view, please choose "Digital Camera/Cell Phone (only SD Cards are compatible)".

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After that, Wii will tell you how many photos and videos are found, click "View" to check the photo and video library, now you can click on a video to play.

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This method is a bit hard-core and requires a certain degree of computer skills. However, I found a handy guide post on the internet and compiled a PDF. You can download it to check the instruction anytime or even print it out.

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If you think this is too complex for you, please use DVD Ripper to transform the DVD movie to Wii and play it via offcial app.

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How to Play DVD Movies on Nintendo Wii