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- Minimize disk read errors
- Keep your Wii running at peak performance
- Use regularly to help keep your disk reader lens clean
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Reduce disk read errors and keep your Wii System running at peak performance with the Wii Lens Cleaning Kit. When used regularly, this kit will help keep your disk reader lens free of dust, dirt, or other contaminants which can cause disk read errors (This kit will not affect errors caused by damage to the Wii console or game disks.)
Reduce disk read errors and keep your Wii console running at peak performance with the Wii Lens Cleaning Kit. When used regularly, this kit will help keep your disc reader lens free of dust, dirt, or other contaminants, which can cause disk read errors. (This kit will not affect errors caused by damage to the Wii console or game discs.)
This cleaning kit is for adult use only and contains chemicals, and should be stored out of the reach of small children when not in use.
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A couple of things that you MUST consider before purchasing this item:
1) If your Wii CANNOT read ANY games at all, chances are that your lenses is OUTRIGHT DAMAGED, not merely dirty. There are too many misguided reviews that do not make this distinction. THIS PRODUCT CANNOT REPAIR A DAMAGED LENS, PERIOD. If your Wii cannot read ANY games, it means you need to replace your lens, which in turns means you are better off replacing it due to the comparable cost. I would STRONGLY suggest either upgrading to the Wii U, which is fully backwards-compatible with all Wii games and accessories AND upscales them to 1080P, or purchasing a new Wii Mini. If you rely on your Wii for Gamecube backwards compatibility, however, please note that the Wii Mini and NEWER model Wiis (the ones bundled with Mario Kart Wii and newer) DO NOT have this capability anymore. My suggestion would then be to purchase a separate used Gamecube for those needs, as you can find that system for a low price these days. If you purchase a used Wii, please be aware that this problem is nigh inevitable to happen to you again at some point. Please consider #2.
2) Wiis are notorious for having dirty lenses because of the design of the system. The disc slot is always open and exposed, meaning that, even if you are meticulous with your discs, dust and dirt can still get trapped in the disc drive easily. Furthermore, the Wii does not read CD or DVD formats AT ALL, which means that ANY disc cleaner OTHER than this product will NOT work. Typical disc cleaners have a disc with built-in brushes that you "play" as either a CD or DVD. If you try to run those products in your Wii, the disc will never be "read," which means that it will never spin enough times to actually work.
3) I tried Youtube-guided DIY methods first, like taking a CD you don't want anymore and taping a microfiber cloth to it. None of these methods worked for me. This official product worked on the very first try. YMMV.
4) This product is technically discontinued by the manufacturer, so you are paying a premium price. At this point, you can only buy it off resellers for around $20. The official Nintendo store lists the item as out of stock, probably for good. Because of this, you must ensure that you only have a DIRTY and not DAMAGED lens using the descriptions outlined. Paying $20 and expecting something to fix your broken lens is a waste and you might as well put that money towards purchasing a new unit.
5) This product includes six total pads, one attached to the paddle and five refills. The instructions say that you can continue to use a pad until it is visibly dirty, so it isn't like you only get six tries and that's it. The Wii lens does seem to be very sensitive, as after using it I detected a SINGLE HAIR that had to be removed and nothing else. That single hair stopped the Wii from being able to read dual-layer discs.
6) The pad is aligned to the paddle in a very specific location and includes a nub that you lay the pad over. That nub is actually what sticks out of the paddle to clean the lens, with the aid of the pad and applied alcohol solution. It seems like a very low-tech solution due to the design of the Wii itself, but trust me when I say that it would be almost impossible to replicate the exact placement of the cleaning pad without the actual product.
7) Even though it only comes with six pads, what is really valuable is having the paddle and the placement of the nub. You can easily find DIY replacements once you run out of pads and alcohol.
8) This kit DOES NOT work on the Wii U. That system has its own method of cleaning the lens. And yes, that system doesn't read CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Rays either.
I hope I have given you the relative information and cleared up some misconceptions that are out there. Please feel free to respond, as I know many of you folks are awesome parents trying to fix your Wiis for your kids. Thanks for reading!
I went to three electronic stores after getting the dreaded "disc error" message on my Wii and talked to multiple sales people in each store (including the Best Buy "gaming expert", where I purchased my Wii) . I was told: A) there was no such thing as a "Wii Cleaning Kit" (uh, duh...then why would the instruction manual tell you to use one?); B) that any DVD disc cleaner would work, if a dirty lens was the problem; and finally (when the DVD disc cleaner I purchased didn't work and I returned it); C) if the DVD disc cleaner didn't work that I had a defective Wii and would need to either send it in for repairs, or purchase a new one. Oh, and that they would be happy to show me the newer models...hmmmm.
I was all set to send my dead Wii to electronic heaven, when I thought of checking Amazon for the illusive "Wii Lens Cleaning Kit"...sure am glad I did. Got my $18.99 miracle-in-a-box, followed the instructions and TADA!!...a resurrected Wii. Now I'm happy, the grandkids are happy and grampa's doing the jig cuz he's doesn't have to shell out $$$ for a new Wii.
So when I ordered this I cleaned the Wii right away. I was glad to find that Nintendo made their own cleaning kit and figured it would be easy to use and somewhat effect. I was right on both counts.
When I pulled out the cleaner I found the pad a little brown with soot and whatnot. It wasn't too bad, but it was enough to make me glad I bought it.
It's a bit pricey, but I imagine because it's made by the company itself for their own console. I have general cleaners for other lenses, but had this one for the Wii specifically.
Not sure if Nintendo of America sells it, but I imported mine some time ago before I saw more listings here in the States. Either way, the instructions have clear pictures so no need to worry which version you get.