Controller:Wii Remote

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Wii Remote
Wii Remote cover
XInput support
GameCube Controller
Wii U GamePad
Wii U Pro Controller
Wii Remote on Wikipedia
Often addressed as Wiimote.

Key points

Controllers sensor requires sensor bar. Official wired variant will require power from Wii or Wii U. However, wireless versions, and ones that instead require power from any ordinary USB port, are available.
Lacks native XInput support, requiring the use of a XInput wrapper (see XInput wrappers) for games that do not support DirectInput or the controller natively.
Hard to use as regular controller outside Wii emulation.
Dolphin emulator can use Wii Remote and its expansions directly with regular bluetooth pairing.[1]


Use with PC platforms[edit]

Controller requires compatible Bluetooth Adaper. In order for the Wii Remote pointer to be detected, you'll need a Wireless sensor bar or 2 candles.


Dolphin emulator has native support for Wii Remotes.
HID WIIMOTE is a windows device driver for the Nintendo Wii Remote which allows to map its various controls in other emulators and games.
Application WiinUPro also supports Wii Remotes, Nunchuks, Classic Controller, Classic Controller Pro and the HORI Battle Pad.

XInput wrapping[edit]

Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.


DarwiinRemote is a tiny program and library which reads data from and sends data to Nintendo Wii Remote (Wiimote), nunchuk, & classic controller.
Controller button Button label and axis
A Left-Click
B Return (Enter)
Up Up Key
Down Down Key
Left Left Key
Right Right Key
Plus Command + Right
Minus Command + Left
Home Command + Esc
One (1) Mouse Mode ON/OFF (Motion Sensor Mode)
Two (2) Mouse Mode ON/OFF (IR Sensor)


Method 1 uses wminput and cwiid to get the wiimotes to connect. Its fairly simple method to follow with easy instructions to follow. Recommended this one for beginners who are new to RetroPie/Linux and don't want to dabble too much with linux. See instruction.
Method 2 uses MoltenGamepad which is described as a flexible input device remapper, geared towards gamepads. This method is also simple to follow along if you can't get the first method working. See instruction.


Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual assignment. Controller cannot be found in Supported Controller Database, so Steam recognizes it as standard DirectInput device.

Steam Link compatibility[edit]

Incompatible controller. It's detected, but not working. [2]



Most noticeable feature in Wii Remote is ability to plug in additional expansions to controllers port, which change controllers behaviour.
Most Wii Remote addons, including Racing wheel, Zapper and many third party products, are mostly plastic cases for the controller and doesn't effect controller itself technically.


Features Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward motion detection.

Motion Plus[edit]

Some later variants of Wii Remote have this feature build into the controller.

Classic Controller[edit]

Wii Classic Controller.
Wii Classic Controller.
Based on Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller shape.
Triggers (𝗟 and 𝗥 shoulder buttons) are analog.
Shoulder buttons arranged horizontally rather than vertically.

Classic Controller Pro[edit]

Wii Classic Controller Pro.
Wii Classic Controller Pro.
The cord is positioned on top of the controller rather than the bottom, and the spring-loaded attachment slot underneath the original model was removed.
Shoulder buttons are digital trigger-shaped buttons arranged vertically rather than horizontally.
Triggers (𝗟 and 𝗥 shoulder buttons) are being digital instead of analog.

NES Classic Controller[edit]

The controllers in the international version of the console feature the Wii Nunchuk's connector, which allows the controller to be connected to the Wii and its adapters.
Controller's cord is too short, only 0.91 m (3-foot).

Super NES Classic Controller[edit]

Super NES Classic Edition controllers have connectors that can be inserted into the Wii Remote.
Controller's cord is longer - 1.5 m (5-foot).




8BitDo GBros. Adapter[edit]

Connects original wired Gamecube controller, NES Classic controller, SNES Classic controller or Wii Classic controller just like a Wiimote. Converts analog signal to Bluetooth.
It has built in home and screenshot buttons.
Turbo functionality is available for Windows.
Adapter can work as wired adapter. When it is connected to devices via USB, batteries are not needed.

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro[edit]

Supports Wii Accessories only - Classic controllers, Nunchucks and Arcade controllers[3].
Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play.

Wireless sensor bars[edit]

Monoprice Wireless Sensor Bar for Wii[edit]

Does not have integrated bluetooth adapter.
Fully compatible with Nintendo Wii.
Works with both flat screen HD and traditional CRT SD televisions.

Mayflash W010 Wireless Sensor DolphinBar[edit]

Has integrated bluetooth adapter.
Supports cursor anti-shake function, works as a normal keyboard and mouse.
Supports game controllers, light guns or racing wheels.
Supports GameCube controller by using may flash GC controller adapter for Wii/Wii U.

Support In Games[edit]

Games with Nintendo button prompts[edit]

This is a list for games that offer Nintendo button prompts.

... further results

Technical information[edit]

Wii Classic Controller:

Controller button Button label and axis
X Button 1
A Button 2
B Button 3
Y Button 4
ZL Button 5
ZR Button 6
L Button 7
R Button 8
- Button 9
+ Button 10
Home Button 11
Left stick Button 9, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 10, X-rotation, Z-rotation
D-pad up POV up/Button 13
D-pad down POV down/Button 15
D-pad left POV left/Button 16
D-pad right POV right/Button 14

Wii Nunchuk:

Controller button Button label and axis
Z Button 1
C Button 2
Analog stick X-axis, Y-axis