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Nintendo Wii U Error Code Troubleshooting Guide

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First Steps Towards Troubleshooting Your Nintendo Wii U Console

 

Error Code 150-2031

Explaining the error code 150-2031: It indicates your Wii U console’s disc or lens is too dirty or potentially damaged.

Solving the error code 150-2031: If the error takes place when playing a specific game, try wiping the disc using a soft cloth from the center to the outer edge in straight lines, never in circles. If the error takes place when playing any disc, the lens may be the problem, so carefully wipe it clean with the Wii U Lens Cleaning Kit. Follow the kit package’s instructions.

If the issue is not resolved, try switching between Wii and Wii U modes. Alternatively, make sure your system is fully updated, remove the disc and reboot the system.

Connected error code: 150-1031, that we’ll explain below:

Error Code 150-1031

Explaining the error code 150-1031: Similar to the 150-2031 error, this one also indicates that either the Wii U disc or lens in your system may be dirty or damaged.

Solving the error code 150-1031: If the error takes place when playing a specific game, wipe the disc using a soft cloth in straight lines (never in circles) from the center to the outside edge. If the error takes place when playing any disc, try carefully cleaning the lens with the Wii U Lens Cleaning Kit while following the instructions in the kit package.

If the issue is not resolved, try switching between Wii and Wii U modes. You may also try fully updating your Wii U, removing the disc, and rebooting the system.

Error Code 103-1601

Explaining the error code 103-1601: This code indicates your Wii U console failed to connect to the Internet through your router or modem.

Solving the error code 103-1601: Try rebooting the Wii U console, and power cycling your network devices. In addition, make sure your network devices are close enough to your Wii U console to guarantee a stable connection. Also, move any electronics or metallic objects away from both.

If the issue is not resolved, try creating a new connection to the Internet from the Wii U console’s settings and attempt to connect again. You may need to delete previous connections to set up the new one successfully.

Error Code 160-0103

Explaining the error code 160-0103: This code indicates a corrupted system memory at worst or an outdated system version.

Solving the error code 160-0103: Make sure your system is up to date by selecting System Settings on the Wii U Menu, finding System Update, and beginning the update. When your system is fully updated, remove the disc and reboot the system.

If the issue is not resolved and there are no external storage devices in use, there is probably an irreparable issue with the console.

Error Code 101-0502

Explaining the error code 101-0502: This code indicates unavailability to use certain online features, specifically ones related to the Friend service.

Solving the error code 101-0502: Before anything else, visit Nintendo’s Network Status page and make sure there are no general network issues. Afterward, try powering off the Wii U console completely and then powering it back on. Power cycling your home network could prove helpful if your network devices are not responding.

If the issue is not resolved, you may need to check for NAT issues with your Internet Service Provider’s assistance. Nintendo offers troubleshooting steps that may help resolve restrictive NAT types related problems.

Error Code 118-0516

Explaining the error code 118-0516: This code indicates that you or other players you are trying to connect with are having problems with the network environment.

Solving the error code 118-0516: If you are using a public network, this may be the cause of your issue. Otherwise, try fully updating your system and doing a connection test through the Wii U console’s settings. Restart your network devices and remove any obstacles between them and your console if you still have connection issues.

If the issue is not resolved, try setting up your Wii U in a DMZ (demilitarized zone) using your router. You do this by logging in to your router’s setup page, searching for “DMZ” or “Demilitarized Zone,” and following your provider’s instructions to enable the feature. We wrote more about it in this article: How to Configure DMZ on Your Router.

Error Code 103-1602

Explaining the error code 103-1602: This code indicates unavailability to connect to the Internet through a wireless router or access point.

Solving the error code 103-1602: Try rebooting your Wii U console, and power cycling your router or modem. Also, make sure your router is a short distance away from your Wii U console and that there are no metal objects or electronic devices between or near them. Also, you may have too many connections. Try deleting previous networks and re-adding the one you want to use within the Wii U console’s settings.

Error Code 106-0112

Explaining the error code 106-0112: This code may indicate either instability in your connection to the Internet or general network environment issues.

Solving the error code 106-0112: Try creating a new Internet connection through the Wii U console’s settings. You may need to delete existing ones to set up the new one successfully. Alternatively, try connecting a different device to the same modem or router and check if it also has connection issues. If it does, then your network device is the one causing the problem.

If the issue is not resolved, try rebooting your network devices. Make sure you try power cycling it at least once.

Error Code 160-1400

Explaining the error code 160-1400: This error code may indicate a failing logic board or disk drive in your Wii U console.

Solving the error code 160-1400: Make sure your system is up to date, then remove any discs that may be inserted. Afterward, turn off and unplug the power cable from your console, then leave it unplugged for 1 minute. Plug it back, turn your console on and try playing as you usually would.

If the issue is not resolved, you may try attaching a hard drive to the console through a USB port and installing and running games from it. Otherwise, you may be able to replace or repair your failing logic board or disk drive, though it may cost more than buying a new system.

Error Code 103-1603

Explaining the error code 103-1603: This error code indicates unavailability to connect to the Internet through a network device.

Solving the error code 103-1603: Try rebooting your Wii U console and power cycling your network device. Also, you may try power cycling your console simultaneously. In addition, you may need to create a new Internet connection within the console’s settings. Try deleting previous existing connections before setting up the new one.

If the issue is not resolved, try removing any object that could potentially be blocking the signal between the console and your network device. Furthermore, make sure there are as few walls and floors between both as you can.

Error Code 150-3032

Explaining the error code 150-3032: This error code indicates you tried using an unsupported external storage device.

Solving the error code 150-3032: Nintendo recommends using an external hard disk drive (HDD) for proper storage and game data. You should avoid using flash drives such as pen drives or any kind of USB-based drives, as these corrupt easily, don’t support enough power, and are not reliable for constant reading and writing of data.

If the issue is not resolved, and you are already using an external HDD, a lack of power may be the cause of your problem. Nintendo instructs external HDD users to connect the device to the console through a dual power Y cable.

Error Code 103-2001

Explaining the error code 103-2001: This error code indicates your Wii U console has issues connecting to the Internet.

Solving the error code 103-2001: Verify that your connection is stable by connecting other devices to your modem or router, like a phone or tablet. If the connection seems to be working as it would normally do, try power cycling both your network device and your console simultaneously.

If the issue is not resolved, contact your network administrator. If all else fails, call Nintendo tech support.

Error Code 160-0105

Explaining the error code 160-0105: This error code indicates problems with your external storage device.

Solving the error code 160-0105: If you have been using a USB flash drive as your primary storage device, we recommend switching to an external hard disk drive (HDD) connected to your console through a dual power Y cable. USB drives are not equipped to deal with volatile power voltages from the console and should not be trusted with your data.

If the issue is not resolved and you have been using a USB flash drive, try switching your device to a different USB port. If you were using an HDD, you might need to repair or replace it.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 106-0502 Solution

Explaining the error code 106-0502: This error code indicates your Wii U console has issues connecting to the Internet.

Solving the error code 106-0502: Make sure your console is up to date. Then, try rebooting your console and router or modem by power cycling them.

If the issue is not resolved, you may have to set up a new connection through the Wii U console’s settings. Before doing so, we recommend you delete previous existing connections. Contact your Internet Service Provider or network administrator if you still have issues.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 112-2903 Solution

Explaining the error code 112-2903: This error code indicates a problem when reproducing a video with an incorrect audio channel setting.

Solving the error code 112-2903: The Wii U Homebrew Browser does not support 5.1 surround sound audio content, and you may encounter this error when trying to play a video or any kind of media with this audio setting. You must switch the audio channels to stereo or a 2-channel audio setting to successfully play the media.

If the issue is not resolved, clear your browser’s cookies and reset your audio settings. If the issue persists, contact Nintendo’s customer support.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 160-2713 Solution

Explaining the error code 160-2713: This error code indicates a lack of power on your Wii U console’s external storage device.

Solving the error code 160-2713: A common cause for this error is using USB flash drives as storage devices. Moreover, Nintendo recommends its users use an external hard disk drive (HDD) attached to the console through a dual power Y cable. USB flash drives tend to not correctly handle the voltage volatility that comes with a direct USB connection to the console. As a result, they are the culprit of multiple Wii U storage device-related errors.

If the issue is not resolved, and you were using a USB flash drive as your primary storage drive, try plugging it into a PC and reformatting it. Otherwise, you may have to replace or repair your drive. Again, you should use an external HDD powered via Y cable.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 103-1604 Solution

Explaining the error code 103-1604: This error code indicates your Wii U console cannot connect to the Internet through your wireless router or access point.

Solving the error code 103-1604: You must restart the Wii U console and power cycle your network devices. Additionally, you may need to create a new Internet connection and delete previous existing ones within the Wii U console’s settings.

If the issue is not resolved, try shortening the distance between the console and your network device. Also, make sure there aren’t any metallic or electronic objects between both. Furthermore, if your network device is close to the floor, try moving it to a higher location to improve signal strength.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 103-1401 Solution

Explaining the error code 103-1401: This error code indicates your Wii U console failed to connect to your Wi-Fi network.

Solving the error code 103-1401: We recommend you power cycle your router or modem, as well as the console. You do so by safely turning the console off, unplugging both from your power outlet, waiting up to 1 minute, then plugging them back in. After waiting for a few minutes, turn on the console and play as you usually would. Should the error persist, try creating a new connection within your Wii U console’s settings. You may need to delete previous connections.

If the issue is not resolved, contact your Internet Service Provider or network administrator. Alternatively, you may try port forwarding.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 165-6596 Solution

Explaining the error code 165-6596: This error code indicates issues when using the Wii U GamePad.

Solving the error code 165-6596: Try holding down the GamePad’s POWER Button long enough to power it off. Turn it back on and check if the issue is resolved.

If the issue is not resolved, your GamePad’s NFC reader is likely faulty or broken. You may have to repair or replace it, but we still recommend contacting Nintendo’s customer support beforehand. As an alternative, you can try opening your GamePad up, readjusting the NFC chip housing, and re-affirming any wires attached to the mounting plate. Be advised, though, trying to repair your GamePad yourself will void your warranty.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 103-1605 Solution

Explaining the error code 103-1605: This error code indicates your Wii U console has problems establishing a stable connection to the Internet.

Solving the error code 103-1605: Try power cycling both your console and your router or modem.

If the issue is not resolved, we suggest creating a new connection through your Wii U console’s settings. It is recommended you delete previous old connections too.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 160-4711 Solution

Explaining the error code 160-4711: This error code indicates data corruption within your Wii U storage device.

Solving the error code 160-4711: Normally, data corruption occurs due to a faulty or dying storage drive. Unfortunately, our recommendation is to repair or, better yet, replace your drive. You should avoid USB flash drives, as they have finite read and write cycles, and they can’t correctly handle the Wii U console’s voltage volatility. Nintendo suggests using an external hard disk drive (HDD) connected to the console through a Y cable so it can get enough power.

If the issue is not resolved, try using other USB ports. If there’s no change, directly contact Nintendo’s customer support.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 157-1116 Solution

Explaining the error code 157-1116: This error code indicates the Wii U console failed to read the inserted disc.

Solving the error code 157-1116: Firstly, make sure the inserted disc is either a Wii or Wii U game disc. Afterward, try switching between your console’s Wii and Wii U modes. If the error showed up after a system update, try power cycling the console.

If the issue is not resolved, try cleaning the disc with a slightly damp cloth from the center to its outside edges. It is paramount that you do not wipe it in circles. If the issue persists, Nintendo’s customer support may be of help.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 103-1606 Solution

Explaining the error code 103-1606: This error code indicates a failure to connect to the Internet through your network device.

Solving the error code 103-1606: We recommend deleting previous connections within the Wii U’s console settings. Then, power cycle both your console and router simultaneously. You can do so by turning the console off, unplugging both devices’ power cables, waiting up to 1 minute, and plugging them back in. Try creating a new Internet connection through the console’s settings after.

If the issue is not resolved, move any metallic objects or electronic devices away from your network device and your console. Make sure there aren’t many walls or floors between them as well. You may have to contact your Internet Service Provider or network administrator if the issue persists.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 105-4206 Solution

Explaining the error code 105-4206: This error code indicates a failure to update your Wii U console.

Solving the error code 105-4206: Try shortening the physical gap between your router or modem and your console. In addition, make sure there are no electronic devices or metallic objects between them that may be interfering with your Wi-Fi signal. You must guarantee a stable Internet connection so your console’s update process isn’t interrupted.

If the issue is not resolved, try changing the channel on the Wi-Fi router. Also, check Nintendo’s status page and look for any recent notifications regarding potential connectivity issues within the global network.

Nintendo Wii U Error Code 160-1402 Solution

Explaining the error code 160-1402: This error code indicates a hardware incompatibility between your Wii U console’s logic board and internal disc drive.

Solving the error code 160-1402: The Wii U’s drive board has a console-specific key coded in its software, allowing it to work only when paired with its original logic board. This error code tends to occur when users replace the drive board from a console, but not the logic board as well. To fix this, you will need to replace the logic board along with the drive board.

If the issue is not resolved, you are probably out of luck and will need to buy a new Wii U console.