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Nintendo's Room Migration Kit Makes it Even Easier to Move a Wii

Posted by James Newton

Free yourself from the hassle of carrying cables

Although the Wii is meant to be a great living room experience for all the family, sometimes you just want to smuggle it away to a shady corner and indulge in some private gaming time. The only downside is unplugging all the myriad cables and setting it up again though, right? Here comes Nintendo with a helpful idea: a box of exactly those cables to leave in your Wii’s second home.

The sensor bar, composite lead and power adaptor combo is set to retail for a handsome ¥4200 (around USD$45, £30 or €33), and should eradicate the great amounts of untangling often required to move a Wii from room to room or house to house. Whether or not it’ll make it outside the Land of the Rising Sun is yet to be seen, but if you desperately need another set of leads for your console, rest easy: at least you know there’s an official import option now.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (46)

grenworthshero

#3

grenworthshero said:

actually, now that I think of it, that's a really good price for an extra setup, if you need a replacement, but as just a faster way to transport your Wii from room to room? Screw that.

DazzaAdmin

#4

Dazza said:

How about a migration kit so I can move all of my downloaded content from my old battered Wii to a lovely new black Wii? :-p

Token_Girl

#5

Token_Girl said:

^^This. I could see this being really convenient in certain cases though. My one cat did go through a bit of a cord chewing phase when she was little.

kaioblivion

#9

kaioblivion said:

i support post #4 too! this is just a waste of money, but oh well people who require it will still purchase it

JimLad

#10

JimLad said:

I thought of buying extra cables for some of my consoles for just this reason, as they are very hard to un plug where they are.
Although this seems a bit expensive, you can get those three leads (or component instead of composite) for about £15 on ebay

MmBuddha

#11

MmBuddha said:

I thought for a minute that this was some kind of awesome Wii transmitter that meant you could play on a different TV without moving anything. I honestly don't know how I thought that would work, but I can't say I wasn't disappointed to find out it's actually a big box of cables.

Machu

#12

Machu said:

Tehe, glad I'm not the only one. I bought a 2nd sensor bar & a whole new set of cables after the Wii was launched, because I got tired of unraveling chaos everytime I took it to a friends. Now everyone has a Wii, those cables are in the bedroom for when the Wii and I retire. Laziness convenience ftw!

The inclusion of a composite lead makes this pretty useless though, they could have at least put a scart in there. Tsk

CharlieRod

#14

CharlieRod said:

Or wait what arew the HD cables again? If it has those then it is worth it because those cables are like 35 dollars at best buy.

Shiryu

#15

Shiryu said:

I was hoping this would be some sort of solution to officially copy the contents of a NAND (those nice 512 megs of internal memory) into another Wii so I could "upgrade" to a black one... this is still a good idea (I got a house I only go on vacation and it is indeed an hassle to unplug everything and plug it back there and vice-versa). It would be even better to have a Wii on both houses and a common NAND. Make it happen, Nintendo.

turtlelink

#17

turtlelink said:

This would be great if it wasn't expensive. I would buy it if the price goes down $30..

Omega

#18

Omega said:

If you contact the Nintendo customer service in europe you can get:
Eur. 22,50 Power Adaptor
Eur. 4,50 Video Cable
Eur. 8,50 Sensor Bar
So this is worth altogether: Eur. 35,50
Sensor bars can be bought in all shapes and sizes everywhere. The only special part is the power adaptor so I would rather contact customer service to get one instead buying the whole package. And then get an RGB or Component cable, whatever you need.

Gavin_Rozee

#19

Gavin_Rozee said:

I want a transfer utility for downloaded software too.

Anyone got any ideas of how such a thing could work? Perhaps a USB cable and a pair of special discs kind of kit?

Omega

#20

Omega said:

I could imagine that at some point (maybe when the Wii2 is coming) the transfer-problem will be solved by a new button "Serialize new Wii(2)" in the Wii shop. You can then enter the serial number of your old Wii and the serial number of the new Wii (or Wii2) so that the new Wii is officially registered as your new current console while the old one is no more connected to the same Wii-Shop data. And then you can download your already purchased games to your new Wii (or Wii2). No Software or cables required, no additional cost for the customer.

But who knows?

Gavin_Rozee

#21

Gavin_Rozee said:

^ Sounds like a good solution to me. Hopefully they'll implement a similar feature for the DSi and XL too.

MasterGraveheart

#22

MasterGraveheart said:

Now, I'd be interested in this. Sometimes I wanna play my games with others. Since my Wii is in my bedroom, that's difficult... have you seen the wires behind my TV?

MarkyVigoroth

#23

MarkyVigoroth said:

My brothers move around the Wii a lot. Currently, the system is in the living room, but I may need to move the system back to the game room once the real television comes, and my brothers may end up moving the system to the living room again (or my parent's room).

Adam

#24

Adam said:

The serial number idea is certainly a good one, but it still leaves the old Wii with all that content. Nintendo can't guarantee you'll delete it or even ever bring it back online, and they'll be concerned that old Wiis will be sold used for digital content, in which case they'd be losing money. I'm hoping against this, but I would not be surprised if it can't be transferred.

As for the product at hand, couldn't care less. $45 is not the price of laziness. I bought a component cable, so I just used the standard definition cables Wii comes with when I want to move it, and the rest isn't hard to move. I almost never play games that need the sensor bar, either, so that's pretty much just the Wii, controllers, and AC adapter.

Vinsanity

#25

Vinsanity said:

I refuse to believe that those cords are worth more than 15 bucks max. But it's pricing old, cheap hardware like that that's made Nintendo the uber profitable monster that it is today. sigh

SilverBaretta

#26

SilverBaretta said:

I won't ever need this product. Although behind my TV is a maelstrom of cords, I actually have a lot of patience in these things. It just depends if the person I'm with at the time does as well.

she_gamer

#27

she_gamer said:

I'd pick this up for $9.99 at Wal-Mart. But only because I occasionally bring my Wii to my dad's, which is half a mile away. And my kitty still hasn't grown out of his chewing phase, and the thin wire for the sensor bar is his particular favourite...

HanuKwanzMasBif

#28

HanuKwanzMasBif said:

Wii in two rooms? Cool to an extent. But can two people play Wii in different rooms at the same time? Probably not, but you could probably play multiplayer in separate rooms. Hmm... this could be Nintendo taking local multiplayer to the EXTREEEEEEEEME.

NintendoGamer

#29

NintendoGamer said:

If component cables were included then I might have considered buying this if it ever came to the US. We have a 40" HDTV in our den and I've always wanted to hook the Wii console up to it. Would have been convenient because then I could have had the option of hooking it up in the den whenever I felt like it, but could also take it back into my room without the hassle of moving my television and plugging in all the cables and setting everything up again.

Omenapoika

#30

Omenapoika said:

I have a Wii of my own, one at my brother's, and many at my friends' places. It is so comfortable to just take your Wii, if you happen to have those saves or downloaded games you need for the night, go to the other household, unplug the other and simply set your own up instead. No hassle with wires. AND a Wii almost fits into a pocket of a jacket, which it wouldn't with the cables. I think this assortment of wires is a pretty handy thing to have, if you find yourself taking your wii from one place to another.

Bakajin

#31

Bakajin said:

The only place I ever take my Wii is my sister's, and since her husband has a Wii, too, all I have to do is unplug his and plug mine into his wires. No thanks, Nintendo.

EdEN

#32

EdEN said:

When I saw the headline I figured it was a way to move all your VC, VCA and Wiiware purchases from one console to the other... but as a replacement set it isn't a bad price. Now, for being lazy? It IS a bit much.

Deviant_Mugen

#33

Deviant_Mugen said:

"45 bucks just so I don't have to unplug a few cords? No, thanks."

@Dazza: When I first read the headline I thought that was what this article was about...

SepticLemon

#35

SepticLemon said:

BEST IDEA EVER!

Seriously, I hate dragging cables across the house, thing is though in my situation, I only need a spare Wii PSU, since I'm using my Scart RGB cable in my room, and a component cable on my HDTV downstairs. I can buy a 3rd party Wii PSU quite cheap, but I hope it's a descent power supply since it's another "Made in China" product. But hey, it's pretty cool if you need a spare Power Supply, but I'll agree with other people that no component cable in the box is a bit crazy, but a spare sensor bar is cool. The only other way to make this even more lazier is if it was a dock that you just drop the Wii into and it connects itself, lol, that'll be worth the $45!

WiiFreedom

#39

WiiFreedom said:

Great...Now I wonder if Microsoft and Sony will follow that for the PS3 and Xbox 360.............Yep I think they will.

Tri4ceHolder

#40

Tri4ceHolder said:

I really appreciate what Nintendo is doing with there Non- Handhelds. They come out with new accessories but not completely new consoles. Unlike the DS coming out with 2 new consoles in the same year.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#41

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I tenbd to leave it in one of the two family rooms as its the console for everyone, a social gaming console. So I don't need this.

I DOES seem a waste of money though!

Luigison

#43

Luigison said:

If this included component cables I might bite. I'd also be int interested in a way to migrate Wii of DSi downloads to new consoles. My Wii has gotten painfully slow at open channels and when I get a 3DS I don't won't to lose my downloaded games.

NintendoWorld1

#45

NintendoWorld1 said:

I emailed Nintendo one time about buying these leads! and they never emailed me back (honestly) if these were to become available in the UK I'd buy them.

Please Nintendo release this for the UK...

Gamerdad

#46

Gamerdad said:

I 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th a lot of the above comments.
I Have more than one Wii in my house and the main one that has most of my better saves on it stays put. The others get shuffled around, but I don't have to lug the cords. I just unplug and interchange the consoles. So, IMO, having the extra cords is a good idea. Paying a lot of money for them is not.

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