How to Troubleshoot Wii U Error Code 160-0103?

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In this article, we are discussing the Wii U error code 160-0103. 

This error tells you that there’s a problem with the Wii U console, and as per our research this error mainly comes for three main reasons.

  • There is a problem with the hardware on the Wii U console.
  • There is a software problem.
  • Or there is a problem with your network connection.

According to the issue that you’re facing, you will need to apply different solutions for this error code to go away. We will discuss that in the next section.


Fixes For Wii U error code 160-0103


Fix 1: Take a look at the network settings on your Wii U console

To troubleshoot the network problems, you need to make sure that the network connection that you are connecting your Wii U console to is stable and fast.

You should also see that the network settings on the console are correctly configured. To check the speed of the connection you need to Google the Internet speed meter from the same connection that you are connecting your Wii U console to.

Now run a speed test that will give you the upload and download speed of your Internet connection. You will also see a paragraph elaborating on what can work on your connection speed and what cannot. If you find out that the Internet connection speed is slower than what you would like and it will not be able to help you play on the Wii U console properly, you should talk to your Internet service provider.


Fix 2: Make sure that the Wii U console software is updated

It is very important that you download the latest updates that the company provides for the Wii U console.

Players already have the concern that the device software is not as advanced as they would need for uninterrupted gameplay. If you do not download the latest version of the software that the company is providing you, then you will not be able to have the gameplay that they are desiring you to have.

The game developers usually work on the glitches that you report to the team and then they provide it to you through the latest update. So make sure that you are downloading the latest update of the console software.


Fix 3: Restart the device

There are some issues that do not need anything on your part, but they just need a power cycling session. These are the issues that crop up due to the conflicting programs running together in the background.

By restarting the device, all these conflicted processes are shut down, and the new processes that you want to launch are launched in a fresh manner. This eliminates all the technical glitches that were forcing a shutdown on the device.


Fix 4: Clear the cache on your Wii U console

There is some temporary data that is stored in the form of a cache on the Wii U consoles. This is essential for the faster loading of processes on the console but if this data is removed, it will not have a significant impact on the functioning of the console.

In some cases, it also becomes very important for the device’s health that the cache data on the device is cleared because these files can become corrupt and claim the memory resources of the device.

When you face this issue, take this as a reminder to clear the cache data for the console. Even if it is not part of the main issue, it will still help the console in the long run. Here is how you can complete this process.

  • Press the power button on the console and hold it till you see the console turning off.
  • After the console trunks off, remove the power cord from the console. You will find this at the back of the console.
  • After waiting for a few minutes, connect the power cord to the console again.
  • Now switch on the console.

Fix 5: Format the internal storage on the console

The data that is stored on the console is related to the normal functioning of the device as well as the data related to different games, can quickly become damaged and this can cause problems with the launching processes of the console.

In this case, you need to format the internal storage of the console to help with the error code. 

Before you take this step, you need to make sure that all the necessary and important data is backed up because this will erase everything on your console.


Fix 6: Change the device’s hard drive

Many players have suggested that the issue on the Wii U console when they face this error code is with the hard drive.

This is one of the most notorious hardware issues that you will see on the console. In this case, you will need to replace the hard drive of the console and then relaunch the device.


Fix 7: Replace the NAND Flash memory

Wii U console functions in a different way and uses NAND Flash memory to launch the processes on the device.

This memory is notorious for failing after it has been written a certain number of times. This causes bad blocks on the NAND flash memory and there are certain portions of the memory that can no longer be used.

In this case, you can try to replace the NAND Flash drive but keep in mind that this is an expensive process and many players just prefer switching to a new device instead.


Fix 8: Delete the game data 

When you are facing this issue only during a certain game, you will need to delete the game data and then try again.

This will replace all the broken files on the game database that were causing an issue on the console and you will be able to play in peace.


Fix 9: Disable the sleep mode on your Wii U

Many players have also noticed that if they are using the sleep mode on the device, then they face issues with the loading of the console.

In case you also have the same doubts, you can disable the sleep mode on your device before trying to launch any process on the device.


Fix 10: Contact the Nintendo Support team

After trying all the solutions listed above if you are still in a dilemma about what to do, you need to contact the Nintendo Support team.

They will create a support ticket and help you with the best solutions for your device.  You can also visit the user forums for Nintendo Wii U where other users can suggest you what fixes to apply based on their experience with the issue.


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Falguni Rana is a technology writer who has expertise in software and hardware troubleshooting. She publishes how-to and troubleshooting guides for different apps, websites, games, and consumer hardware products.