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How to Use GlovePIE to Use a Wii Remote With Your PC

by ContributorUpdated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • One or more Nintendo Wii remotes

  • A PC with Bluetooth compatibility or a separate Bluetooth adapter

  • A copy of GlovePIE for Windows

GlovePIE is a program intended to emulate computer input hardware, such as joysticks and keyboards. As its name suggests, its original intention was for the use of VR gloves, but some time ago it was updated to include scripting for the Nintendo Wii Remote. With it, you can turn a Wii Remote into a mouse, joystick, or even script it for unique functions in games and software. Read on to learn how to use GlovePIE to use a Wii remote with your PC.

First, you'll need to get your PC to recognize your Nintendo Wii Remote(s) through your Bluetooth wireless device. To do this, start the Bluetooth program and tell it to search for devices while holding down 1 and 2 on the Wii Remote. Be sure not to let go until you finish the process.

When it finds the device, it may ask to search for services. Tell it to connect to the HID device if it does.

There is no PIN for the Wii Remote, so tell it to skip this step.

Now, and only now, can you stop holding the 1 and 2 buttons. The 1 and 4 player indicator lights at the bottom of the Wii Remote should be solid to indicate that it's connected.

Repeat the above steps for multiple Wii Remotes.

Open up GlovePIE from its folder (or the shortcut you probably made after downloading it).

You can select deferent scripts for various Wii Remote functions on your PC. Click on "File," then "Open," and then go to the Wiimote Scripts folder.

You'll notice that there are a lot of premade scripts. Select the one you want to use, and click "Open."

Then click "Run" at the top. The Wii Remote should now function as the script describes, such as a mouse pointer or a controller for a game.

Tips

You can script your own functions into the Wii Remote, or edit premade ones. Check the documentation that came with GlovePIE for a breakdown of the scripting language and instructions for how to use it. Scripting in GlovePIE is fairly easier than most scripting languages. You can also find other premade scripts on forums and other websites. If you don't want to script your own, but can't find something for what you want to use your Wii Remote within the premade scripts, you will probably find it in the many enthusiasts' sites on the web.

Warnings

If the Bluetooth stack your Bluetooth adapter come with doesn't seem to be working, try the Bluetooth Fix in GlovePIE itself. Go to Troubleshooter, and click on Bluetooth Fix. Different Bluetooth devices come with different software, so these instructions may not be identical to your software package. There may be other bugs as well, and you should refer to both the GlovePIE documentation and the Bluetooth software documentation for troubleshooting.

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