Originally Posted by darkcecil32
I was wondering if it would still be worth getting component cables if the vast majority games being released are expected to natively be 16x9 widescreen.
Component cables aren't necessary to get widescreen output from the Wii. The real benefit to the component cables is the superior color reproduction they offer. They also allow you to run the games at 480p instead of 480i. But with the video processors (deinterlacers) in today's TV's being fairly good, this won't be as dramatic a benefit as the superior color.
Will the picture be cropped out if I use the 4:3 non-hd tv to play 16x9 games?
No. The reason it won't is that all games that support 16:9 output also support 4:3. So, if you select 4:3 in your Wii setup menu, you will be all set. And just FYI, if you did select 16:9 the picture would not actually be cropped, but instead if would be squished horizontally.
However, I believe I have heard of VGA connectors which allow for gaming through computer monitors
Yes they do. But the Wii does not support this type of output (at least not officially - there may be a hack). Also note that some computer monitors also support component, composite, or s-video input.
is VGA synonomous with component cables?
In short: no.
I was wondering if it would be possible via the inputs on my laptop to hook a wii up to it via adapters/etc.
No. No traditional laptop accepts any type of video input. Any video connectors on laptop are for output, not input. This may begin to change very soon; I believe Sony has released or intends to release laptops with the capablity to accept a video signal from an outside source, effectively allowing the screen to double as a multipurpose monitor.