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Wii over heating

I am able to play on my Wii just fine for a while, but after about 50 minutes the console just shuts down and the on/off switch isn't lit at all. When I get the Wii re-started and take out the disk it is almost too hot to touch.

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  • crain84 Aug 16, 2008

    Yes, we have the same problem, fan gone out, overheating. This is actually our second wii, the first started 3 months after getting the system,12/06. We contacted nintedo an they were very good about sending us another one in the mail and we returned ours. Our second system is 17 months old, same problem again. I contacted them once again and they had me try the usual trouble shooting, again, would turn off about 50 minutes in play. I contacted them again today and they informed me I was out of warranty, BUT would send in for repair for FREE since this was our second with the same issue....I have a feeling a lot of wii's have this issue. Nintendo 1-800 255-3700 can be difficult to get a person with the automated system, keep trying and you will eventually get the prompt.



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Get a cooling station

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