A lightning strike earlier this year took out the two component inputs to our plasma TV.
As a result, I have had to use the composite TV input (yellow, red & white RCA plugs) with the Wii. But I pine for the higher resolution and picture quality of component in the detailed pinball art of the Gottlieb and Williams Collections for the Wii.
I was getting ready to add a fatalistic comment about the expensive HDMI-to-component converter that bought a few more years for our flat-tube TV:
“At least when the TV blows up, I can reuse the converter with the Wii to connect it to an HDMI input.”
Then I realized that the Wii would be going from component to HDMI, not vice-versa. Would it work the other way? Unlikely.
I was right, it wouldn’t work (looked it up). But it turns out that a component-to-HDMI converter costs a whole lot less.
Found a specialized Wii to HDMI Video Audio Converter 720P 1080P HD Output Converter at Amazon for $13.72, less than a tenth of HDMI-to-component!
The original Wii is at best capable of 480p resolution (same as non-Blu-ray DVDs), and that’s only with a special Wii component video/audio cable, like I used to use.
But the new converter can upscale to 720p or 1080p, so possibly it will look better than it did before.
I’ll let you know how it works out in the comments section when I get it. (It shipped from Hong Kong, so it might be a week or two.)
Currently free to view for Amazon Prime users: “Special When Lit – A Pinball Documentary”. I really enjoyed it. Next time I’m in Vegas, I’m heading for the Pinball Hall of Fame, shown in the movie.
Read about other related movies and items at Pinball, Real & Virtual in the TTM aStore.