This isn’t a common problem for modern TVs, but a lot of people have reported their Wii U not filling out the screen properly on their TVs and I’ve been dealing with the same thing since launch. Some games have no problems; Black Ops 2 and Sonic Transformed automatically adjust the screen size or have their own options, however Nintendo’s own OS doesn’t (only Miiverse and the eShop have scaling options for some bizarre reason) and ZombiU, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land were all oversized on my TV with elements of the screen missing and no option to change it. My Sanyo 32″ LCD isn’t exactly ancient but it’s a few years old and has a funny way of configuring itself, with no direct overscan or scaling option. Yesterday I accidentally discovered a fix and I thought I’d share it.
*REWIND: THE DAY BEFORE*
I received a copy of Persona 3 in the mail on a sunny morning, so I booted up my PS2 to play it (impressions – love the concept, great music, hate the battle system). It’s the first time I’ve played a game in 4:3 since getting my Wii U. The next time I played Wii U the TV was still in 4:3 mode, but reconfigured ITSELF to widescreen. All of a sudden, the screen size fit perfectly. Previously I had tried every option on my TV including 4:3 but the problem was I did it all at once and confused the TV. I clearly missed this and was too impatient when I got my shiny new console. The act of resetting my TV while in 4:3 mode somehow refreshed it and made it configure itself to the Wii U automatically when that was the first thing it saw. PS3 and Xbox 360 remain properly scaled.
Nintendo could fix this with a simple update that allows custom screen size in the OS, but for now this is just another option for those scratching their head and getting nowhere with google search. I’ve also read about other options on TV’s with weird names like “pixel scaling” so make sure you change every option on your TV. Try switching it off in different modes and try unplugging it in different settings or even a factory reset. I’ve read a lot about this in the past month, and some people have found obscure fixes, but most people haven’t. If your TV has no direct option to adjust scaling, try an indirect one. I find this problem especially strange coming from Nintendo considering how long they stood by SDTVs and their late HDTV adoption means they should have been more accommodating. It’s a crazy new Miiverse out there.
UPDATE: 29th May 2014
I dont know which update did it, but it’s been fixed! There is now an adjustment option in the Wii U’s system settings that wasn’t there at launch. I tried it and all my TV problems can be fixed this way, and the adjustment carries over to games since I tested it with New Super Mario Bros U.
Very easy and much needed for some TV’s. Those dots are animated bubbles in the background, my GamePad is very clean. =D