Wii remote (also referred to as a Wiimote) is a device that controls the Nintendo’s Wii console.
It is a very comfortable controller for gaming therefore if you want to learn how to use the Wii remote on a PC, read on.
Wiimote also works with Wii U. Wii remote is more powerful than the previous video controllers. This is because Nintendo designed them to have advanced features to enhance usability. For example, it can even communicate with the PC’s wireless Bluetooth link.
Wiimote’s Uses and Features
Wiimote’s significant feature is that it uses optical sensors and accelerometer technology to sense motion. This allows a video gamer to easily manipulate and interact with screen items. You can use the Wii remote for multiple tasks such as:
- Pulling back and
- Using it to act like a steering wheel
You can use Wii remote for gaming purposes, slide presentation and working with audio or video playlist.
What Do You Need to Use Wii Remote on PC?
When connecting the Wii Remote to a personal computer, you require the following:
- A Wii remote
- Compatible software (such as GlovePIE).
- Bluetooth Adapter installed on PC (Should be Compatible with Wii Remote)
Optionally, you can also get a Nunchuk. The Nunchuk is a controller that users occasionally connects to Wii remote to improve simplicity and control.
How to Use Wii Remote on PC – Connecting PC to Wii Remote
Connecting Wiimote to PC requires following these steps:
- Download Wiimote Drivers
- Disable Driver Signature and Install Wiimote Driver
- Ensure you have working Bluetooth Adapter
- Connect to Wii Remote
- Setting up GlovePIE
1. Download Wiimote Drivers
The first step in how to use the Wii remote on a PC is to download the Wiimote drivers. The Wii remote drivers are freely available online for download. You need Wii drivers installed on your PC to enable the PC to recognize the drivers.
Depending on your Windows Operating System, you can easily find the Wiimote drivers for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
As usual, the game developers bundle the drivers in a zip file so you have to unzip them into a folder before installing. If your computer cannot open zip files, download and install Winrar.
Please ensure that you use compatible drivers that meet your system specifications or else you may find errors.
On Windows 10, you can do this by using several methods including:
- Right Click “This PC”
- Click Properties
Search for “System” in the search bar.
2. Disable Driver Signature And Install Wiimote Driver
Currently, Windows may have not digitally signed the Wii remote drivers. Therefore, you may find errors associated with the driver signature as you attempt to install.
However, in most cases, this error is less prevalent with 64-bit Windows users since the operating system version can ignore it.
If you find such an error, you have to disable driver signature restriction by following the steps below:
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These steps are for the latest Wii Remote update for Windows 10
- Press the Start Button
- Press the Power Button
- Hold Shift Key + Press Restart Button
- Before the Windows Restarts, an Option Screen will come up
- Choose Troubleshoot
- Then Choose Advanced Options
- Select Start-Up Settings
- After Restarting, the Startup Settings Screen will appear
- Choose the 7th option by pressing 7 Number Key or F7 Key.
The computer will restart without the enforcement and you will be able to install the Wiimote driver.
Click on the executable file “TinyInstaller” that you downloaded to install the driver.
The PC may prompt you to provide admin credentials to allow the installation to proceed. Once installed, you can verify whether you have installed the driver correctly.
You can do this by searching if it exists in the Program and Features Window. Within this Window, you can update or uninstall the driver.
3. Ensure You Have Working Bluetooth Adapter
Your Personal computer should have an inbuilt Bluetooth adapter that is functioning.
You should then ensure that you installed your personal computer with the necessary Bluetooth drivers that meet the operating system specification.
You can download Bluetooth’s device drivers from your PC manufacturer’s websites.
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4. Connect To Wii Remote
Having installed both Wiimote and Bluetooth drivers, you can turn the Bluetooth adapter on and ensure that you have Bluetooth visibility turned to “Always On“.
On your Wii remote, press the 1+2 buttons concurrently until your PC Bluetooth detects and displays the Wii Remote’s controller’s icon.
At this entire time, you should ensure that the Wii remote’s LED lights blink continuously.
If your PC’s Bluetooth device is unable to detect the Wii remote device, turn the Bluetooth adapter off and on and attempt pressing the orange circle.
Once the Bluetooth connection is successful, the screen will display the Wii remote’s name that is similar to “NINTENDO-RVT-CNT-01”.
Click the 1+2 buttons once more on the controller. Then right-click the Wii Remote icon and select Refresh Services.
You can now use the Wii remote to work with software programs such as WiinRemote and GlovePIE.
5. Setting Up GlovePIE
GlovePIE is an application that is primarily used to control the computer using the virtual reality glove.
However, it has more functionalities of accepting signals from wide variety of devices such as Wii Gear and further translating them into actions that are similar to mouse and keyboard events.
You can download GlovePIE from Here. Ensure that you download the latest version of the application.
Unzip the downloaded application to the Program Files folder and create its shortcut link to the Windows Desktop.
Launch the app by clicking the shortcut and a white screen that contains “Untitled”, “Variables” and “GUI” (Graphical User Interface) tabs will be displayed at first.
Since it uses scripting language, you need to learn its script to be able to work with it. Don’t worry the scripting is very simple and it uses simple text to bind keys.
GlovePIE’s advantage is that it is powerful and it allows you to utilize the Wii remote’s capabilities to its full potential.
Other Apps that can be used to bind keys to include the following:
- Wii Key
- Virtual Drum Kit.
All are essential in accomplishing Wii Remote’s capabilities and interface with PC, but they are not as powerful as GlovePIE.
Using Wii Remote as Game and Mouse Controller
The JoyToKey application also allows you to set the remote to perform actions that can be performed by a typical PC mouse.
Such actions include scrolling through a list, steering a wheel and aiming, among other features.
You can download the software from here: JoyToKey