How to Add a Wii Controller

by R.L. CultronaUpdated September 22, 2017,,

Items you will need

  • Wii

  • Wiimote

  • 2 AA batteries

The beauty of the Nintendo Wii is its innovative wireless controller called the Wiimote. The Wii can accommodate up to four Wiimotes. Adding the controllers requires you to complete a synching process.

Open the back cover of the remote and install the batteries. Don't replace the cover yet.


Turn on the Wii and make sure it boots up to the main Wii screen. You will know the screen because it looks like a grid and you will be presented with several choices of what to do next.


Open the Wii memory cover in the front of the console. Look for a red button next to the memory card slot. This is the Sync button.

The sync button on the controller, which is also red, is next to the batteries. Press this button. The LED lights on the console should begin to flash.

Immediately press the sync button next to the memory slot on the console. This initiates contact between the console and the controller.

Once the remote is synced up with the console, the LEDs will stop flashing, and one of them will remain lit. If this is the first controller synced, the first light will be lit. Replace the battery cover and close the memory slot on the console. You are now ready to use your remote


Sometimes the Wii requires you to press both red buttons simultaneously. If the remotes are not syncing up, press both buttons at the same time.


Make sure you have new batteries. The remote will not sync if there is no power to it


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About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.

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