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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Just like the old Nintendo, the new ones need to be blown out as well. I had the same problem perpetually. Turn it off, unplug all of the cables and blow it out from the vents....Dust will fly everywhere, but when you hook it back up, it will run fine. The reason all of the channels work is because they don't spin the disc. Spinning the disc creates friction, which creates heat. When the heat cannot escape due to the dust clogging the vent, she overheats and shuts down to prevent burning it up.
Sounds like classic computer problem with overheating. I know there is a stand with a built in fan for the Wii. But the normal stand should be enough. Have u dusted around you Wii? Everything with cooling has some amount of dust that finds it way into the machine. And all pc and consoles shut down when overheating, as a protective measure. Otherwise stuff would melt inside.
Make sure it is not sitting on the floor/carpet etc. Also make sure it's sitting up right and not layting flat. Make sure it is sitting in it's silver stand. If the vents on the bottom or back of the wii are covered in any way it will overheat. Also, you might blow out the dust from the bottom vent.
I had this problem with my first wii. It progressivly got worse until it stopped working completly. Give nintendo a call 1-800-255-3700 (if its not chipped since that voids the warranty). They replaced my console under warranty.
First, I would advise you to not power up the console if it's getting hot. When the console is running, can you see the small fan on the back spinning? If not, you can probably buy an external cooling fan like this one.