How to Connect a USB Joypad to a Wii

By Jayde M. Nichols

Updated September 22, 2017

Joypads can be connected to the Wii console's USB plug.
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Most Wii games use the wireless controller and nunchuk, while some, such as Gamecube games or game downloads, may require the use of a controller or joypad. The Wii console is equipped with USB plugs that allow for certain controllers and joypads to be plugged into the system when the wireless controllers are not compatible.

Hold the Wii power button down to shut the console off.

Turn the Wii so you have access to the back of the console.

Plug the joypad's USB cord into the Wii's USB plug. The USB plug is located on the back right side of the system. The joypad will now be connected, and it will work once the Wii is turned on.