How to Make a Wii Classic Controller Work

by Spanner Spencer
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The Wii, a video game console designed and manufactured by Nintendo, has been popularized due to its use of motion-sensitive controllers. Some games -- particularly those downloaded from Nintendo's online Virtual Console store -- require more traditional controllers featuring joysticks and buttons. The Wii Classic Controller provides this traditional style of joypad for compatible games by connecting to the Wii Remote controller.

Step 1

Plug the cable from the Classic Controller into the connector on the bottom of the Wii Remote.

Step 2

Set the Wii Remote down in a convenient location so you can hold and use the Classic Controller freely without the cable pulling tight.

Step 3

Turn the Wii console on and load the Classic Controller-compatible game by either inserting the disk into the Wii or selecting the downloaded game from the Wii's home screen. Compatible games will automatically detect that a Classic Controller is in use.

Use the Classic Controller's joysticks and buttons to control the game, per the game's instructions.


  • The Wii Remote provides a wireless link between the console and the Classic Controller. Therefore, the Wii Remote must be in wireless range of the console for the Classic Controller to work properly.


  • Pass the Wii Remote wrist strap's string through the Classic Controller's connector casing for a more secure connection between the plug and socket.
  • Classic Controller-compatible games are identified on the Virtual Console listing or on the retail box by a standardized symbol in the shape of the controller.


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About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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