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Vdigi’s Wii VGA Cable Review

Vdigi’s Wii VGA Cable Review

by Bradley DeLorenzoOctober 31, 2007

First off, I’d like to thank the good folks over at Vdigi for sending me a review copy of their Wii VGA cables.

So lets cover the packaging. Exciting, huh? The instructions are in garbled English, but are easy enough to understand. Now for the cables themselves.

I was really surprised by how sturdy they feel. They’re thick and solid. You really get the impression you’re dealing with a high quality product. On one end, there’s a plug that goes into the back of your Wii, it fits nice and snug, no problems there. On the other end, there’s a female VGA plug, which means you’ll need your own male VGA cable to go from the female plug on your monitor, to the female plug on Vdigi’s product. No big deal. There’s the standard red and white cables for sound, also included is a small adapter that you can plug into the red and white sound cables, which converts it into a standard headphone jack so you can plug it into your computer speakers; very handy. Another neat feature is a small green video cable, coming off the back of the female VGA port. This cable is used for setting up your Wii to display in 480p if you’re not already doing that.

Alright, so now let’s go into setting it up. First of all, you need your

Wii to be displaying in 480p; otherwise, you’ll just get a pretty black screen. So go ahead and stick the little green cable into your TV’s standard yellow video plug, or if your TV has component input, plug it into the green slot. Now turn on your Wii, and you should be greeted by the familiar Wii menu, but without color.





Click on the “Wii” icon in the bottom

left corner, go to “Wii settings” and click “screen,” then

“Resolution” you should come to a screen like this:








Select 480p, and confirm. Now, my screen looked like this:

Cool, huh? Not really. Anyway, power off your Wii, and unplug the green connector from your TV. Now plug your monitor into Vdigi’s cable, cross your fingers, and power up the Wii and monitor.





I was greeted by this screen:

Well, I guess it works! Let’s try out a game!

Now, I’m using a 22″ widescreen Acer monitor, so I went to the Wii settings, and changed it to widescreen,

so bear in mind, these screenshots are in widescreen.

How about Mario Strikers Charged?

Ok, so I booted it up, everything was fine, jumped into a game, and… everything was black, not pure black,

but dark enough you couldn’t see what was going on. I got out of my seat, and fiddled with the monitor settings.

After turning up the contrast most of the way, it looked great, and the menus (that had looked fine before

I changed the contrast) looked the same.

Here’s a video of the opening strikers movie (sans the sound).

The game looked good. The image on the screen had vibrant colors, wasn’t blurry, wasn’t jagged, and

was crystal clear.

I tried a bunch of different games, including Wii Play, Super Monkey Ball, Godfather Blackhand, Exite Truck, Metroid Prime 3, and RE4. They all looked great; clear images, not blurry, the colors were spot on etc. I did have a small problem with RE4; the screen was really dark, and I could barely see, but I turned up the brightness on my monitor and it was fine. Then I decided to try out Metal Slug Anthology. That’s where I hit a snag, and discovered the deep dark secret about these cables. They don’t support anything that doesn’t display in 480p. Not THAT big of a deal, since most Wii games support 480p. A few games, like Metal Slug Anthology and Heatseeker, don’t, which is unfortunate, but not deal breaking.

The only real problem with the cables is that they don’t support 480i (standard TV) resolution. Now, the Wii’s virtual console games still work fine, but you run into problems with Gamecube games. At first, I thought that no Gamecube games worked at all, but I did a little research into how the Gamecube supported 480p (it calls it “Progressive Scan”) and discovered how to make things all better. What you need to do, is hold the “B” button on your ‘Cube controller when you start your GC game. Your screen will still flicker, just like normal, however, if the GC title your trying to play supports progressive scan, you will be taken to a menu that asks if you would like to enable it. You can’t actually SEE this menu, because it’s still in 480i, but if you hit the “A” button, a message should pop up telling you progressive scan was enabled. This worked fine for me with SSBM, Super Mario Sunshine, and Timesplitters: Future Perfect. So just start the GC game while holding “B,” wait a moment, then hit “A and the game should play as normal. You can find a list of GC games that support 480p HERE; I’m not 100% sure that’s complete, so you may want to do a little research of your own on which games support 480p. Worst comes to worst, check to see if the back of the box says “Supports progressive scan”. It is still somewhat disappointing that games without 480p support are left in the dark (quite literally,) but all in all, it’s not so bad. Here’s just what the cables do when you feed them a 480i signal:

That is the main downfall of these cables. If it weren’t for that, these cables would get a 10/10. They do exactly what they should, and they do a great job; aside from not supporting 480i.

In recap, if you have a good monitor, and want a crystal clear, vibrant image; and don’t really mind not being able to play a select few GC and Wii games then this is the product for you.

Packaging: 6/10 – Nothing special, janglish instructions, but it does the job.

Cable Quality: 8/10 – Solid and thick. The length on the audio cables is a little short, but it’s easy to extend them

Image Quality: 9/10 – This is where Vdigi’s product shines, it looks excellent.

Overall: 9.5/10 – An excellent product, amazing image, solid cables, good price, considering how much a converter box can cost, and almost every Wii game supports 480p, as well as the majority of GC games.

If you’ve been looking for a way to hook up your Wii to your monitor, but have been scared off by converter

box’s costing in the hundreds of dollars, this is the product for you. Go buy them, now.

You can find them at Vdigi’s website HERE

EDIT: PAL users are reporting the cables don’t work very well at all. Please note that I am in an NTSC region, testing this on a NTSC Wii and Monitor. It would apear if you have a PAL (European) Wii, these cables are probably not a good idea.

EDIT 2: A note from the Vdigi staff: “We have both Pal and NTSC Wii consoles, both of the consoles are the same performance, and both work very well. for those pal users, they may trying to play VC games which may not support 480p, please note. thanks”

Maybe the PAL users were simply using poor quality monitors, as more PAL users are reporting it works fine for them. Sorry for the confusion.

About The Author
Bradley DeLorenzo
  • kevin
    November 24, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    the vga cable not being able to display 480i is not a fault within the cable, just that vga cannot output an interlaced signal. i had similar cables for the gamecube and it was useful during the holidays when the whole family was home and all the tv’s were occupied but plenty of crts

  • November 25, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    well, if they could find a way around it, that’d be even more awesome, but yeah, I know what you mean, but the review isn’t comparing to other Wii VGA options, it’s looking at whether you should go for VGA in the first place.

  • MattW
    December 7, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Do Virtual Console games seriously work with these? I’ve got a VGA converter box which doesn’t have particularly brilliant quality and also doesn’t handle virtual console games, so I assumed that they output in a different mode.

    I do have a European Wii though, so maybe ours are different.

  • December 7, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I only have one VC game (bought one, figured out I was paying $6 toomuch) which is bomberman, and it works fun. I have no idea how this would work on a European wii. I think if you go to the Wii settings, and set it to 480P, it should display the VC games in 480p.

    The reason I recomend this so much is because of exactly what you have. You pick up a converter box for $40, the quality isn’t very good, it doesn’t work that well, something work, some don’t etc.
    This is $40, works briliantly, the quality is great, works with widescreen, etc etc. the only fualt is not being able to display non 480p stuff, but that isn’t the fault of the the cable, it’s the monitor. Now the cable COULD upscale the 480i to 480p, but that would drive the cost up much higher.

  • Fevrin
    December 7, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    You say it works with widescreen games, but do the games get distorted (i.e., stretched)? I have a Gateway FPD2185W monitor, which has a component input, but that doesn’t display things properly when my Wii is set to widescreen (and it doesn’t work 100% as it should even when I have the Wii set to 4:3, either). The image gets stretched vertically, causing what would normally be a circle be more like a tall oval (i.e., the “Wii” button in the lower-left of the Wii’s main screen, Twilight Princess’s bow-and-arrow aiming reticule, the Wii and GC discs in the Game Channel, etc.). The monitor has the 16:10 aspect ratio while the Wii outputs a 16:9 image, but the monitor is still supposed to add black lines on the top and bottom to keep the aspect ratio correct. So is your monitor 16:10? If so, are you certain that the image isn’t distorted in any way?

  • Fevrin
    December 7, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Also, can you post larger versions of the images you have in your review? I can’t tell too well how widescreen images are displayed with the tiny pictures you posted. Thanks.

  • December 9, 2007 at 1:04 am

    My monitor is 16:10, yes
    The image is not distored at all.
    My monitor streches the image to fit the screen, so if I set it to 4:3 it will be streched, but at widescreen, 16:9 it doesn’t get streched, though when running a game, there are small black lines at the top. the Wii menu doesn’t have black lines however.

  • brent wineinger
    December 13, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I have a projector that does not contain component inputs. I am wondering if using this Wii VGA cable will provide a better picture than standard video input? (Projected image is 80in diagonal)

  • ashstampede
    December 13, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I just bumped into this, just a heads up for european wii owners, I have this cable have had it for 3 months or more now. So i have experience all the heartache with them. First absolutly no gamecube games will work with this as pal gc never got 480p. wii games that do not have the edtv/hdtv on the box at that back will not work with these. VC games well. NTSC 60hz 480p works with these ala sin and punishment. that is it. no other vc games work. most of the vc games have been updated to work in 60hz but that 60hz is interlace mode only.

  • Marco
    December 16, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    so, i went to the website and it said we need to connect it to the tv. is it possible to connect the wii directly to the monitor without plugging it into a tv with the vga cable? since the nearest tv is like 20ft away or so and i want the wii to be in my room with just the lcd monitor.

  • Orestis
    January 31, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    About European VC games, I’ve found that even the games listed to be compatible with the component cables WILL NOT work with this cable. Shame on Nintendo for not releasing progressive versions like they do in the US.

  • strider
    February 2, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Does anyone own the vdigi vga cable and use it on a widescreen lcd computer monitor? How is the quality? how does it compare to an sdtv or an hdtv with component cables? are the graphics jagged or is the screen streched? this is main concern right now and is the deciding factor on whether i should get this or not.

  • February 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I’m using a Widescreen for this test. As long as you set the Wii to widescreen it looks fine.

  • February 26, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    We have both Pal and NTSC Wii consoles, both of the consoles are the same performance, and both work very well. for those pal users, they may trying to play VC games which may not support 480p, please note. thanks

  • netto
    March 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Got my cable today, only complaint I have is that I have problems running PAL Gamecube games on my PAL Wii with my almsot new LCD monitor. And yes, I did try the method that was mentioned in the review.

  • netto
    March 4, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Oh, nevermind. Just read one of the comments above. Lame that it doesnt work with PAL GC or VC games. :\

  • Strider
    March 7, 2008 at 1:10 am

    hey netto what do you think of the picture quality? Its nice having feedback from multiple sources

  • John Connor
    March 9, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Does this still work on a PC monitor that DOESNT have the GREEN Slot for the GREEN CABLE?

  • netto
    March 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Lol, did my previous post get removed or something? o0

    Anyway, I’ll let you be the judge on whether the picture quality is good or not.

    John: read the review carefully. You only need to use the green cable for setting up your Wii to display 480p if you haven’t already.

  • Strider
    March 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

    The quality looks just fine. Thanks for the help man

  • March 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Hey everyone, i am a pal (australian) user, read this review and many others regarding the pal and i can assure you it works fine, My monitors brand new (acer 22″ p221w). After so many reviews i didnt expect this to perform as well as it did! for those having trouble, maybe try to use an extender cable from the monitor to the vdigi cable, mines setup like that and it works fine. Image is a little to the left, but that can be adjusted. I think in the end the vdigi is great, the problems are in the monitor. I have no association with vdigi, and i gain nothing out of this, Just to let other people thinking about this purchase make sure they’re doing the right decision!.

    Note: i haven’t got any vc games to try out on sorry, one of my games elebits whilst it says its 480p doesnt seem to work getting the input error, all my other titles do however, also note i’m using a chipped (cut me the fanboy slack) wii, however the chip is set to pal only, for ‘back-up’ purposes ;).

    I’d like to thank flamingsquirrel for the review!

    here are some pics for some factual evidence.
    Here are some pictures for some proof!
    And the games are not super mario galaxy or strikers.

  • Mikkel
    March 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Have anybody connected their wii with a projector with the vdigi cable ??

    The cable has female plud and the projector has female plug too – can I just use a male/male converter or how does I connect to the projector?

  • Strider
    March 23, 2008 at 1:32 am

    I’m using these cables through a 19″ widescreen Samsung 940bw. Although I have an image, the lines are extremely jagged. Even composite on an sdtv looks better than this. Am i doing something wrong or is it just the monitor? I run a ps3 through the same monitor and it looks really nice. whats going on 🙁

  • Strider
    March 23, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    i tried using a CRT monitor and now it looks MUCH better. I guess CRTs are the way to go

  • Phill
    April 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I have the vdigi cable and use it with an acer 22″ widescreen lcd. The picture is amazing and great for brawl… no problems so far.

  • Ireland914
    April 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I have the same problem Strider had with an LCD monitor. I have a 19” LG LCD and it’s extremely jagged. Is there any way to fix this?

  • Strider
    April 19, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Sorry Ireland914 but this is just the way our LCDs are considering the limited 480p resolution with widescreen. If you have a CRT monitor try that out. For some reason the screen will look SO much clearer and vibrant. Hope it helps

  • arthell
    April 25, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Ordered this cable and have had mixed results so far.

    Switched Wii to 480p, connected to Samsung 2253BW and all was well. Played Brawl for roughly 20 minutes online, then jumped into a single-player match. The screen then started to flicker black randomly every now and then, and after a few more minutes it continously flickered to the point of being unplayable.

    If I switch the #3 jumper to on on the vdigi cable it shows a stable image, but it is off-center, washed out and very bright. Any other cominations including the default results in a barrage of flickering.

    The flickering itself is going from a black screen to the (perfect-looking) game. At no point does it stop flickering, even in the Wii console. Hooking it up to a Samsung 931c ends up with the same thing. 🙁

    No clue so far.

  • April 25, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Hmmm, what region are you from?

  • arthell
    April 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    NTSC region.

    Also made a quick video of this issue:

    Already tossed an email to vdigi, but wouldn’t expect a reply for atleast a few more days. Will try hooking it up to a number of other monitors at work, only thing I can think of trying in the mean time, asides from trying another vdigi cable which I don’t have. :\

  • April 27, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Well, at least when it does show it is clear 😛

    Ok, forget I said that… hmm, either it is your cable, which Vdigi should replace for free if that is the case, or you are extremely unlucky… I would say the former, though. But, if it is that none of your TVs or monitors are compatible (which seems unlikely, but a possibility nonetheless), I would still appeal to Vdigi for a refund.

  • Ahmedz
    May 5, 2008 at 10:42 am

    arthell im having the same problem too……
    my cable was working fine since i first got it in January, but last week i tried playing Mario Kart and i got the dreaded flickering of death!
    i e-mailed vdigi about the problem and still didnt get any reply >_>
    my console is also NTSC

  • May 5, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Hm, when did you email them?

  • arthell
    May 7, 2008 at 5:02 am

    I emailed them around april 24th, right around the time I originally posted this, and still haven’t got a response on May 7th. Regardless I glanced at their site again and it said if DOA to send the cable back, which I did, so we’ll see if I get a new cable back in a few weeks or just silence. :\

  • May 7, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Hmmm… ok. Hope it works out alright 🙂

    If we get too much more of this, I will announce that the cable has been “Quarantined” by WiiNintendo.

  • Tom
    May 9, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Same problem here, I’ve tried everything and on samsung monitors it seems to cause problems. Although it’s worth noting mine worked for a month or two before it started turning on and off.

  • arthell
    May 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    It took 3 weeks, but they sent an email back saying to send it back if the problem was still happening. Already sent as noted above, so I should be receiving a replacement eventually. It still looks like Samsung monitors and the vdigi have some sort of issue together though, so I might suggest being a little cautious if you have a Samsung monitor.

    Will note what happens when I get the replacement 🙂

  • Ahmedz
    May 14, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    awesome. I’ll be sending out mine tomorrow since i got the e-mail yesterday saying you may send it for replacement and they gave me the address n everything.

  • Carrie
    July 21, 2008 at 9:41 am

    If I follow these instructions to set up my Wii so it will be in the proper format to play after connecting to the monitor, is it going to mess up the settings in the future if I ever want to switch it from a monitor back to a TV?? Are there any reprocussions for taking this route? If I try it and it doesn’t work, is my Wii going to be messed up?

  • Carrie
    July 21, 2008 at 9:44 am

    If I follow these instructions to get my Wii in the correct settings to play on a computer monitor, is it going to mess anything up if in the future I want to switch back from a computer monitor to a TV?? Following these instructions is it OK to switch back and forth from monitor to TV? Are there any reprocussions for doing this as far as messing up my Wii?

  • patrick
    July 28, 2008 at 12:32 am

    ahhh I need one of these for school very soon, does anyone know how low it could take for them to get more in stock??

  • Bob Landres
    July 28, 2008 at 6:24 am

    how much does it cost is it crystal clear fits wii perfectly and is a wii component vga connector ?

  • July 28, 2008 at 11:57 am

    this is the website that I ordered mine from. They have 14 in stock as of right now. It will probably take 10-15 days to get it. Hope that helps!

  • Joe
    July 28, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    has anyone tried hooking it up to a samsung 2493hm?? cuz i have the ps3/wii vga adapter and it does that black flicker screen

  • Carrie
    July 29, 2008 at 7:43 am

    if you start reading about halfway up on this page at a few of the posts that people have submitted, it says that most of the problems people are having with this adapter come when they try to connect it to a samsung monitor. I’m no computer genius so I’m not sure what all of the different numbers mean, or in what ways your monitor/computer differs from theirs, but you might want to read over it just to compare

  • Romo2Owens
    August 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Im curious to know the model of the Samsungs everyone is using. I just ordered these cables and Im going to test them out on my Samsung A650 LCD. I’ll post results. Hopefully all goes well.

  • patrick
    August 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Does anyone use a small-ish monitor, like a 17”? I was wondering if this is just too small. Im gonna be using it in my dorm room for my wii (I thought it was 19” before I bought the cables)

  • Romo2Owens
    August 8, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I noticed that most people that are having problems with these cables are people who own Samsung Monitors. What about flat panel LCD’s?

  • Romo2Owens
    August 15, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    How do you set the output to 1, 2 or 3. Im confused because I read someone here said when they switch it to “on” its blurry. I got my cables and they work well except the image is sorta blurry and not vibrant. Can anyone help me?

  • Haaze
    September 12, 2008 at 6:15 am

    “Joe Says: July 28th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    has anyone tried hooking it up to a samsung 2493hm?? cuz i have the ps3/wii vga adapter and it does that black flicker screen”

    I am considering these days buying exactly that monitor and the vdigi cable. Have you found more info on this? I also have a PAL wii. Generally I must say there seems to be some confusion about these cables!!

  • Andur1l
    October 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I’ve received my Vdigi cable today.

    Happiness quickly turned to disappointment as I tried three different monitors (Samsung 2494HM, older Iiyama 17″ and a third one) and the cable gave me no picture on neither one of them. My PAL Wii is correctly set to 480P (the picture, while broken, works through the green cable), it just seems as no signal comes through via the VGA. Now I’m sad. 🙁 Tried the different DIP settings and nothing changes.

  • Russell
    October 19, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Man these cables seem to be really hit-or-miss. I myself ordered these cables on the 4th of October and today is the 19th, hope they get here monday. I have an Acer 17″ monitor (not widescreen) and have a NTSC Wii. I am going to be pretty bummed if they don’t work together.

  • Russell
    October 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Well my cables came today. Setup was a breeze and before I knew it, I was ready to go. So as I power up my Acer 17″ LCD monitor (1280×1024) I noticed the Wii’s text was BLURRY, I mean, still readable, but not sharp or “crystal clear” like the instructions say.

    I first powered up Super Mario Bros, nothing too special, except Mario was extra pixelated. Next was Street Fighter II for the SNES; blurry, dull, and not nearly as good looking as playing on my CRT standard def tv. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a different story, it looked pretty good and wasn’t extremely blurry or dull.

    Overall, I am pretty dissatisfied with these cables, I suppose I should have known that many older games wouldn’t look stellar, but I honestly expected much more. BTW, I did plug in Wii Sports, and frankly, even it looks better on my regular old sdtv. I guess the moral is that 640×480 content in not intended to be put onto a high res display.

    Monitors tested: Acer AL1717 LCD monitor (1280×1024)
    Gateway Vivitron 15 CRT monitor (1280×1024)

  • jack
    October 28, 2008 at 9:05 am

    i bought one of these cable managed to find a male to male cable to connect it to my samsung lcd montior set the resolution and the results were very poor and blurry has anyone been able to get a good picture if this has happened?

  • John
    January 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I’ve been using this cable for a few weeks now with my Pioneer rear-projection HDTV and the results are fantastic. I was out of component inputs on the TV so it’s great to be able to use the VGA input. Colors and sharpness are far improved from the composite cable I was using before.

  • Remember
    March 28, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Remember: You must connect your Wii to a TV first, to set it up to use 480p-settings. THEN you can connect it to your PC-monitor.

  • George
    July 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I tried this cable with my 23″ Acer H233H. After ‘Auto Adjustment,’ I have two black borders on the top and bottom portion of my screen. Image quality is excellent when browsing through the Nintendo Wii menu. I’d say in game image quality is good and not excellent because graphics are rather jagged. The console settings are set to HDTV 480p and I am in 16:9 wide screen mode (which my monitor also supports). I really don’t know what else to do to get a clearer image…

  • Cameron
    September 24, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I keep getting a “signal over range” error on my monitor. Anyone else get this?

  • November 12, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Acer only has only 4:3 or 16:9 monitors, last I could tell. 16:9 is the only valid widescreen format, unless you use 2.39:1 ultra wide format…. which doesn’t exist outside of movie projectors.

  • Aemaeth
    December 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Okay, so I’m just going to cut through the clutter here:

    The cable is just an adaptor (Component to VGA).

    When a monitor fuck it up, it’s because the monitors internal chips’n’hardware isnt setup to recieve RGB(component) input through the VGA port.

    Jesus, how hard can it be to understand? GAH!

    Buy a cheap as dirt Component to VGA cable instead of the gimmicky vdigis cable.

  • Nancy
    January 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    What are the differences between the vdigis cable described above, and the “Wii/PS3 VGA HDTV AV Cable” (

    or “High Resolution Component Input VGA Box for Wii, Ps3, Xbox 360, PSP 2000, and More” (

    both by Hyperkin, selling on Amazon? Are any of them recommended over the others?

    Also, is there anyway to set the Wii up for 480p if I don’t own a TV? Until now, I’ve been using the Wii on a 25-30 year old Commodore monitor (they don’t make them like they used to!) that has component input jacks. But it is finally starting to go, and doesn’t work more often than it does. So I bought a 20 inch LCD monitor on Black Friday, only to discover this problem with component/VGA incompatibility.

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