How to Connect a Wii Controller

by ContributorUpdated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Nintendo Wii

  • Wii controller

  • Two AA batteries

Thanks to its Wii console, Nintendo has changed the way many people see video games. The Wii uses motion-sensing technology that enables players to truly "experience" tennis, bowling and a variety of other great games. The Wii controller is the source of this power. The Wii controller is easy to connect and easy to learn with some time and patience.

Open the back of your Wiimote and insert the two AA batteries as indicated in the battery panel. Leave the cover off after you've inserted the batteries.

Turn on your Wii from the front of the console. Allow the Wii to cycle to the main menu.

Open the front door on the front of the console to reveal the SD card input and the "Sync" button.

Press the "Sync" button on your Wiimote, located just underneath the batteries. When it is in Sync mode the LED light will flash.

Press the "Sync" button on your Wii console to connect the signals and allow the controller and console to sync. This may take a few seconds, so be patient while it continues to connect.

Watch to see if the LED has stopped blinking. Once it has, your Wiimote is now connected to your Wii. Put the battery cover back on.

Use One-Time Synchronization to change the way the Wiimotes are synced to the console. You can do this by pressing the "Home" button on your controller and choosing "Reconnect." This is useful when you wish to change the player/controller layout without passing different Wiimotes around and losing track of which is which. One-time mode is reset to Standard once the Wii is restarted.


Try to use smaller, more deliberate motions when playing Wii as opposed to bigger more emphatic motions. The Wii is able to complete actions without requiring players to overdo it. Use the nunchuck attachment for added control in games, especially fast action games like Metroid Prime or Super Mario Brothers.


Wii controllers can run out of power quickly if they're used frequently, so either keep a large supply of AA batteries on hand or simply use compliant rechargeable AAs. Always wear the strap when playing games on Wii. People have been known to get over-excited and lose their grip on the controller, causing damage to nearby objects.

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