You know, Iím starting to think that someone up there doesnít want me enjoying my WiiU. Theyíre clearing messing with me at this point. Remember a couple of weeks ago I had all the sad Nintendo characters because those dolts at Dixons didnít ship my copy of Pikmin 3 until like two weeks after the release date?
Well, as you know, thereís a new WiiU game coming out, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. To be honest, I hadnít planned on getting this one. Iíve already played the Gamecube version multiple times and didnít think I needed a graphics upgrade. Then all of I sudden I realized that HOLY SHIT, this is Zelda, and The Wind Waker, and HD! From that point on I donít remember anything except waking up the following morning next to a Ä50 bill from 12Game.com.
Anyway, as you can see I learned from my previous mistake of ordering Pikmin from Dixons. 12Game was slightly more expensive than some other stores, but I have a history of doing business with them and theyíve never been anything but trustworthy and reliable. And indeed, Wind Waker HD arrived today, right on schedule.
And then my TV and/or WiiU broke.
If youíre listening, universe, I want you to know that I hate you.
Right now, Iím not entirely sure what the problem is. For some reason my TV just puts a really weird pink filter over the video output. It looks like it would be a problem with the HDMI connection, but I canít find out what it is for the life of me. I tried the same cable and TV, but with a different HDMI port. The pink is gone, but now it overlays a green filter, so that isnít doing anything worthwhile. I tried a different HDMI cable, the pink filter is still there. I tried cleaning all of the ports, no luck. But hereís the weird part: I tried hooking up my WiiU to a different TV, and everything works fine. No pink filter anywhere in sight. So the problemís gotta be with the TV right? Well, thatís just the thing: I tried hooking up my laptop to the TV, via the very same HDMI cableÖ.and everything works fine too!
So TV + Cable + Laptop = :)
WiiU + Cable + Different TV = :)
But WiiU +Cable + TV = :(
The TV apparently works fine, the WiiU works fine, the cable is fine, but for some reason the synergy between the three just refuses to work, regardless of which cable or HDMI port I use. You can also hook a WiiU to a TV via component/scart cable, and that works flawlessly as well. However, of course you sacrifice a lot of video quality, which for a game like Wind Waker HD is completely unacceptable to me.
So whatís next? Iím not 100% sure yet. First of all, Iím going to bring my WiiU with me to my parentís place. Iíll try it with the TV Iíve got over there, see if that works. If nothing else, thatíll allow me to get a little bit of Zelda in. After that, hopefully my dad will have an idea of what to do with it. Heís always been better at hardware than me anyway. Right now, though, Iím not opposed to the idea of buying a new TV entirely (if I can be sure that the fault is not with the WiiU, obviously). This one was already kind of old and has been giving me issues on occasion. And since I pretty much only use it for gaming, this would be a great opportunity to upgrade it. Maybe a bit bigger, SmartTV, 3D functionality while Iím at it? The possibilities are only as limited as my wallet!
Regardless, while I try to find out what the problems are, I shall remain ever Wind Waker-less.
And that makes me a sad Bulbo grandma.