How to Connect Wii Remote to Dolphin

The Wii remote controller commonly known as Wiimote among Personal Computer Gamers is the Wii Console’s controller and may also be used with the Wii U. Unlike the controllers that used to come previously with video games and would pair up with the personal computer, this new Wii remote controller is very much different from them. One of the most distinctive feature of Wii remote controller or Wiimote controller is its motion detection ability through which a lot of different activities could be performed such as using it as a steering wheel or swing it as well as to aim with this and much more.

It comprises of a set containing two remote controllers , the important one that is also present on the display is just like a Television remote controller while the second one commonly known as Nunchuk expansion, makes the player to have many more game play abilities. This Nunchuk expansion is not required in every game but still it is also loaded with the motion detection ability just like the one present in Wii remote controller. This Wii remote also hosts a speaker which is present above the 1 button and below the home button and two Double AA batteries are required to power up this remote controller.

How to Connect Wii Remote to Dolphin:

Dolphin emulator or just simply Dolphin is a free and open source console emulator for video games especially for Wii and GameCube that is hosted by Android, Linux, Windows and MacOS respectively. In order to start the gameplay, the Wii Remote controller or the wiimote controller needs to be connect  with the Dolphin Emulator first.

Following are the steps that are required for how to connect Wii Remote to Dolphin or how to connect Wiimote Remote to dolphin.

Step Number 1: Make Sure That Following Check List Is Complete:

  • An official Nintendo Wii remote controller, preferably the one with the built in Motion plus as the third party options might work with the Wii remote controller but are not guaranteed to work with Dolphin

  • A personal computer loaded with a compatible Bluetooth adapter. It is better to use a newer one as the newer one will not be having any compatibility issues

  • A powered Wii sensor bar , an original sensor bar could be used by plugging it into a running Wii or a wireless powered sensor bar and even a USB sensor bar.


Step Number 2: Switch to Wii U:

If a non-official Adapter is under user and it provides a toggle between two modes namely “Personal Computer” and “Will U”, opt for Wii U. As Dolphin has default support for GameCube controller adapter. If the proper driving tool is installed then there is no need for the PC mode

This step is not applicable if an official Nintendo Wii U adapter or Switch is under use, it only applies while using a non official adapter. Hence this step can be skipped by those that have an official adapter.

Step Number 3: Plug in the Adapter:

After you connect  Nintendo adapter, a file named Zadig will be visible on the screen. Open up this Zadig file. If a gamer is not entertained with the vibrating feature present in the Wii remote controller, they can always leave the white coloured cable to be unplugged, as it is only mean available to give the player some access to the vibrating feature to make the emulating more realistic.

Once the Zadig file is open, browse through the “ option” menu and click the “ list all devices “ option available. After selecting this list all devices option, a drop down menu box will appear  at the top of the window. Go through the list and find WUP 028 in that list. This code word is actually the adapter that will sync after this code is selected.

Step Number 4: Verify the USB ID:

Find the USB ID field that should be below the Driver Box. Verify this USB ID. If the USB ID can not be verified do not proceed trying to connect  the adapter as without the USB ID being verified, if the user tries to pair the adapter, this can  increase the risk to damage the adapter.

If the USB ID is verified, then proceed by clicking the box present at the right of the orange coloured arrow and choose the WinUSB driver. Click on the replace driver option, and once this step is completed, close the Zadig file.

With this step the replacement driver will be installed and now it can be sync it up with Dolphin.

Step number 5: Open Dolphin Emulator:

By proceeding forward, open up the Dolphin Emulator file and select the “Controllers” option available on the top far right of the Dolphin Built in toolbar. Below the port 1 drop down box click on the “Game Cube Adapter for Wii U” option and then select “configure” . This need to be kept in mind that the port 1 is the first port on the left hand side of the controller adapter. The dolphin corresponds to the port assignment only to the one on adapter.

If all the steps that are mentioned were followed properly, then the user should be seeing a “Adapter detected” message on their screen and they can easily connect and sync up with the adapter by continuing with selecting “ok” a connecting message will appear and once it is gone, it will mean that the Wiimote console is now in pair with Dolphin. In case if this message is not detected then try to repeat this procedure with a different USB port or Adapter and try to sync up or connect it again.

How to Set-up a Real Wiimote or Wii Remote Controller With Dolphin Emulator:

The steps mentioned above are for the non official adapter. For the official Wii remote aka Wiimote controller , it not that much different. In fact as compared to setting up a game cube controller, the setting up of Wii remote is much more easy. All that need to be need to done before setting up Wiimote is to make sure that the sensor bar is plugged in and  the double AA batteries of the Wii remote controller are charged and make sure that the Bluetooth of the personal computer is also turned on. After making sure this check list is done, follow the following steps:

Step Number 1:

Click the controller button available at the far right of dolphin toolbar

Step number 2:

Select the “Emulate the Wii Bluetooth adapter” option , incase if it is not already selected then under the drop down for Wii remote 1 , make sure to select “Real Wii remote”.

Step number 3:

Now after selecting the real Wii remote option, simultaneously keep pressing the 1 and 2 button on the respective Wii Remote controller. Within 20 seconds the Wiimote will be in sync with Dolphin. After completing this process, close the controller setting” window and click on the “Configuration” button again a connecting message will be visible and once this connecting is done and message is no longer visible , it will mean that the Wiimote is now in pair with Dolphin Emulator

Step number 4:

Now click on the “Wii” tab within the configuration window to adjust the sensor bar position with respect to the sensor bar placement. Speaker Volume, rumble and even the IR sensitivity can be adjusted from here via Wiimote Remote . With this being done, means that the Wii remote or the Wiimote Remote controller is now in sync with the Dolphin and the games could easily be played.

One of the drawback for the Wii remotes  is that when it is not in use , this wiimote can not auto turn off itself and will keep draining out the batteries of the Wii remote. This is why in order to make sure that both you Wii remotes which include the main  Wiimote and the Nunchuk Expansion remote both has a  long lasting battery, after every gameplay remove the batteries from you Controllers to save up the batter life of your respective Wiimote or Wii remote controller. This will make both the Wii Remotes to be perfectly charged whenever needed.

Pass through or Dolphinbar?

Some people might argue that what is a better choice, or what to prefer more in order to connect with Dolphin. Well Pass through or Dolphinbar, in that case, according to most of the users personal experience, both required power use  Which means in order to get more than required results, a great deal of effort is  needed to connect with your actions to be exerted in at  first place, only then the extra output will be received. This goes for Both Dolphinbar and Pass through , however, some people prefer Dolphinbar more because of its sleek and long shape.

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