How to Connect a Wii Remote to a PC
By Grahame Turner
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Bluetooth chip or dongle
Wiimote connection software (see Resources)
Nintendo Wii remote
The Nintendo Wii Remote houses a huge number of new and innovative technologies in a small area. In addition to the buttons needed for the basic gameplay, it includes an infrared camera, an accelerometer and the pass-through port at the back for the Nunchuk and MotionPlus accessories. On top of all that, the controller also has a Bluetooth chip that connects it to the Wii--or to your PC if you so choose. This allows you to use it like a mouse or in some video games.
Turn on the Bluetooth chip on your computer. If you do not have one, attach the dongle to a free USB port. Some dongles have Plug-and-play technology, while others include installation CDs. If your has a CD, install the drivers before continuing. If you cannot turn on the Bluetooth chip for your computer, consult its online help files.
Download and install the Wii remote connectivity software. WiinRemote is one such program, located under Resources, although you can use your preference of software.
Start the WiinRemote or other Wii remote program.
Open the Bluetooth settings and click the "Find Devices" or "Discover Devices" button, the wording may change depending on your Bluetooth chip.
Press the 1 and 2 buttons on the Wii remote to put it in discoverable mode.
Select “Nintendo RVL-CNT-01” from the list of devices. If it asks for a pass code, type in 0000. The Wii remote is now connected to the PC.
WiinRemote does have mouse recognition and button-mapping. Meaning you can use the Wii remote as though it were your mouse, instead of the actual device. For more information on the capabilities of the software, and on using it in programs, consult the WiinRemote website, located under Resources. Mac users can achieve a similar effect with a program called Darwiin Remote, which you can also find on the website listed under Resources.
Grahame Turner has worked as a freelance writer since 2009 and a freelance reporter since 2010 for Wellesley Patch and Jamaica Plain Patch in Massachusetts. He also works part-time as a bookseller at the Northeastern University bookstore. He is a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English.