How to Use a Wiimote with Android

3 May

How to Use a Wiimote with Android

Google Android is many things to many people but one of the areas where it really shines is gaming. From the latest 3D apps to the availability of emulators for your favorite old school console games, the potential for sore thumbs with an Android-power smartphone or tablet is nearly limitless.

There is, however, one catch: traditional Android devices don’t offer anything like game-friendly controls – in fact, most Android devices offer no buttons at all. While that works fine when playing strategy games, players looking to put their efforts towards more action-oriented titles often find that touch-based controls simply don’t cut it.

So what’s a gamer to do? Use a full console controller, that’s what!

One handy app, dubbed Wiimote Controller and available for free from the Google Play store, allows you to quickly and easily connect your Wii’s remote control to your Android device via Bluetooth, opening up a world of new possibilities for your action gaming endeavors. Given that most popular console emulators for Android also support Bluetooth connected devices, you’re able to use a connected Wiimote for everything from the latest apps to your old Super Nintendo favorites.

Connecting your Wiimote and getting started isn’t difficult, but there are a few key steps to walk through as you go in order to ensure minimal hassle and definite success:

  1. Download and install the Wiimote Controller app on your Android device.
  2. Enable Bluetooth, open the app and, if this is your first run, enable WiiControllerIME as instructed.
  3. Back in the Wiimote Controller app, you’ll now connect your Wiimote, making it visible via the “hold the 1 and 2 buttons together” method familiar to all Wii owners.
  4. Once connected, tap the second button and switch your Android device to the “WiiControllerIME” setting.
  5. That’s it, you have no successfully connected your Wiimote to your Android device. All that remains now to is enable it for use with your favorite games and emulators! Note that this sometimes requires you to map buttons via the same process you’d use for a keyboard during gaming, especially where emulators are concerned.

Suddenly Mario stops inadvertently falling into pits and Link is a little less random with his sword swings while trying to rescue Princess Zelda; happy gaming!

ByMichael Gilmore

Gilmore's research interests include social studies, law, technology and IT. He worked a lot in the field of jurisprudence. Gilmore also actively participates in the creation of technology and design for mobile phones and laptops, starting in 2012.