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Controller:Wii U GamePad

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Wii U GamePad
Wii U GamePad cover
XInput support
Connection method
wireless networking without adapter
Classic Controller
Wii Remote
Wii U Pro Controller
Switch Joy-Con
Wii U GamePad on Wikipedia

Key points

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.
Cemu emulator has no native support for controller yet.[1]


  • Motion sensing: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
  • Touchscreen
  • 2 × clickable analog sticks: LS, RS
  • 4 × digital shoulder buttons: 𝐋, 𝐑, ZL, ZR
  • 9 × digital buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, 𝐗, 𝐘, -, +, ʜᴏᴍᴇ, TV, Power
  • 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): , , ,
  • Extension connector
  • Sensor Bar
  • NFC
  • Microphone

Use with PC platforms

Libdrc is a library currently in development for application developers who want to use the capabilities of the Wii U GamePad in their software. It also provides the ability to simulate a Wii U GamePad to communicate with a Wii U.



A program on your PC that captures controller inputs from a Wii U GamePad over a LAN.
Offers two client types: Internet Browser and Homebrew.
Open the Wii U Web Browser to the URL given within the program, it will start reading inputs from the Pad.
Has GUI allowing for customizable controls.
Emulates fully Xbox controller via ViGEm. Allows to remap Xbox layout to Nintendo layout buttons.
UsendMii will also allow to view MP4 videos from your PC on the Wii U GamePad and your TV.
Controls use keyboard mappings for buttons or requires 3rd party application - vJoy.
For Internet Browser Client, some buttons do actions in the Wii U Web Browser and are pretty much unusable through this method. 𝗬 is one such button as it opens your bookmarks. Opening the input page in a new tab will help ensure most buttons will work.
The Wii U must be on and online enabled.
Allows Dualshock 4 emulation via ViGEm, although application is unable to emulate gyroscope, touchpad and speaker properly.
Microphone and NFC features remain unused.

Moonlight Wii U

GFE compatible computer with GTX 600/700/900/1000 series GPU (for the PC you're streaming from). Requires Geforce Experience 2.1.1 or higher.
Alternatively can be used with Sunshine, gamestream host for Moonlight.
A Wii U LAN Adapter is recommended.
It's using the hardware-accelerated h264 library of the Wii U.
Allows to connect Gamepad (can be disabled with the disable_gamepad option), up to 4 Wii U Pro Controllers and Wii Classic Controllers (Pro). Gamepad needs to be disabled to use the 4th controller

XInput wrapping

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


UsendMii is application which lets use Wii U GamePad on computer.


DRController allows to use UsendMii Client with Linux.


DRC Sim Server is a utility for pairing a computer to a Wii U to emulate a gamepad. Open source application (server and client) allows video and audio streaming.
Play over the internet (server must be configured correctly).
Supports touch screen.
Supports virtual joystick and buttons.


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

Incompatible controller. Uses Wi-Fi connection which is not supported by Steam Link. [2]

Support In Games

Support for some controller features may be only available on certain systems. Refer to game-specific articles for details.

Games with controller's speaker support

There is no application yet which unlocks controller's built-in speaker to be a Windows output device.
Cemu emulator allows to use secondary audio device (gamepad) in general audio settings, but Wii U GamePad cannot be used as Windows output device yet.
Built-in speaker cannot be used with Dolphin emulator via Bluetooth passthrough API yet.
Thanks to USendMii application and ViGEm driver it is possible to emulate DualShock 4, but built-in speaker is not working yet.

Games with microphone support

Games with implemented voice chat are able to use controller's microphone, but microphone support for Wii U GamePad is not implemented yet.
VoiceBot and VoiceAttack allows to control games and applications by voice commands.
List of Microphone-controllerd computer games.

Games with motion control support

For a list of games, see List of games with native Wii U GamePad support.

Number of games which natively support motion controls is limited and gyro support is still not a PC standard.
There is no application which properly emulates motion controls.
Thanks to USendMii application and ViGEm driver it is possible to emulate DualShock 4, but motion controls are not working yet.

Games with IR sensor support

IR sensor support for PC games is still in development stage.
Wii U GamePad's Sensor Bar can be used with the Wii Remote, the Wii U GamePad needs to be facing the Wii Remote. The Wii Remote may not work if it is pointed down 45 degrees or more, such as when the Wii U GamePad is placed horizontally on a lap, table, or other flat surface. Recommended operating distance when using the Wii U GamePad with a Wii Remote is between one and three feet.
Nintendo consoles are using IR sensors which can be emulated on PC. See List of Game Boy Color games with IR support

Games with NFC support

Wii U GamePad contains a near-field communication reader mostly used with Amiibo. On PC, NFC objects can be used to execute combos like activating cheats, changing game configuration or performing advanced combos like fatalities in Mortal Kombat games.
NFC reader support for PC games is still in development stage.
See List of video games using NFC.

Games with controller's camera support

There is no application yet which unlocks controller's built-in front camera to be a Windows web camera device.
Wii U GamePad's front camera support for PC games is still in development stage.
Cemu supports games where front camera can be used in-game.

Games with Nintendo button prompts

Total number of games: 140.
Please note, that this is only list for games that offer Nintendo button prompts.
Wii U button prompts can be downloaded from and can be used for free due to public domain (CC0) license.
Some may require use of Switch Pro Controller emulation. Refer to game-specific articles for details.
Game Series Developer Publisher First release Available on
Pocky & Rocky Reshrined NatsumeAtari February 24, 2023
Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society Nippon Ichi Software NIS America February 14, 2023
Hogwarts Legacy Harry Potter Avalanche Software Portkey Games February 10, 2023
Forspoken Luminous Productions Square Enix January 24, 2023
Persona 3 Portable Persona Atlus, P-Studio SEGA January 19, 2023
Cardfight!! Vanguard Dear Days Lancarse, FuRyu Corporation Bushiroad November 16, 2022
Sonic Frontiers Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Team SEGA November 8, 2022
Persona 5 Royal Persona Atlus, P-Studio SEGA October 21, 2022
Gotham Knights Batman Warner Bros. Games Montreal Warner Bros. Games October 21, 2022
Cultic Jasozz Games 3D Realms October 13, 2022
No More Heroes 3 No More Heroes Grasshopper Manufacture XSEED Games, Marvelous October 11, 2022
Judgment Judgment Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Sega September 14, 2022
Temtem Crema Humble Games September 6, 2022
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure Rhapsody Nippon Ichi Software NIS America August 30, 2022
Soul Hackers 2 Megami Tensei Atlus SEGA August 25, 2022
Pac-Man World Re-Pac Pac-Man World, Pac-Man Now Production Bandai Namco Entertainment August 25, 2022
Digimon Survive Digimon HYDE, Inc. Bandai Namco Entertainment July 28, 2022
Hell Pie Sluggerfly Headup Games July 21, 2022
River City Saga: Three Kingdoms Kunio-kun A+ Games Arc System Works July 20, 2022
Sonic Origins Sonic the Hedgehog SEGA, Sonic Team, Sega Technical Institute, Christian Whitehead, Headcannon SEGA June 23, 2022