The Nintendo Wii ships with a composite video cable that is capable of 480i resolution. Currently first party component cables, which allow for 480p resolution, are available through retailers and directly from Nintendo. However, when attaching the component cables, one loses the ability to output composite video. Why is this an issue? Well, it may be that you take your Wii over to friends houses frequently and would like to only have to take a single cable. Or, you may be like me, and use an LCD computer monitor for your Wii's display. My monitor has composite but no component in. To support high definition signals, I use a small transcoder box, the Mayflash YPbPr to RGB transcoder
, that only supports progressive scan modes. However, many older games, such as GameCube games, and even some of the new Wii games, like Rayman Raving Rabbids, don't support progressive scan. In these cases I end up with a black screen and need to switch cables to play the game. What a pain.
Luckily, this cable does both component and composite output -- and it's selectable at the flick of a switch. We'll take a standard first party component cable, and a few bucks worth of parts from Radio Shack and put together a cable that is selectable between composite and component output