The following fix should help users who do have problems with some virtual console games for the Nintendo Wii that display only a black screen after starting them, while the sound plays normally in the background. This does not work in all occasions but should work if you get the Wii menu when you press Home, and works only for games that received an update for the interlaced mode.
Try out the following to see if this fixes the issue. Start the game normally until you see the black screen. Connect the Nunchuck to the Wiimote and press Home to see the menu options. Now press A + 2 + Z together which should result in a short "ping-like" sound.
This should have activated the interlaced mode. Leave the menu and you should see the normal game screen and not the black screen anymore. To change the mode again press A + 1 + Z using the same method as above.
This was tested on various Wii systems with component cables and was found on the Wii Errors website.
Update: the Wii Error website is no longer available on the Internet, and we have removed the link pointing to the website as a result. It also unlikely that Nintendo Wii users will still get the error, as Nintendo should have fixed it by now for all users. This is of course only true if the Wii has been updated in the meantime, either by having it connected to the Internet, by purchasing a newer model version, or by having the Wii updated through a game DVD.
If you are still experiencing black screens when playing Wii games I suggest you update the console first by connecting it to the Internet to make sure you are running the latest firmware. The issues should be a thing of the past afterwards.
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