How to Use a Real GameCube Controller or Wiimote in Dolphin

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2024 by

Dolphin is a popular emulator that allows users to play Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on their computer. While the emulator comes with its own controller options, many users prefer to use a real GameCube controller or Wiimote for a more authentic gaming experience. In this article, we will discuss how to use a real GameCube controller or Wiimote in Dolphin.

GameCube Controller

The first step to using a real GameCube controller in Dolphin is to make sure you have the necessary accessories. You will need a GameCube controller, a GameCube controller adapter, and a USB port on your computer. The GameCube controller adapter is a device that allows you to connect your GameCube controller to your computer via USB.

Once you have all the necessary accessories, follow these steps to set up your GameCube controller in Dolphin:

Step 1: Download and Install Dolphin

If you haven’t already, download and install the latest version of Dolphin from the official website.

Step 2: Connect the GameCube Controller Adapter

Connect the GameCube controller adapter to your computer’s USB port.

Step 3: Configure the Controller Settings in Dolphin

Open Dolphin and go to the “Controllers” tab. Under “GameCube Controllers,” select “Adapter for Wii U” as the controller type. Then, click on the “Configure” button to set up your controller.

Step 4: Configure the Controller Buttons

In the controller configuration window, click on each button and press the corresponding button on your GameCube controller. Once all the buttons are configured, click “OK” to save your settings.

Step 5: Test Your Controller

To make sure your controller is working properly, click on the “Test” button in the controller configuration window. You should see the buttons you press on your controller light up on the screen.

Wiimote

Using a Wiimote in Dolphin is a bit more complicated than using a GameCube controller, as it requires additional accessories and software. Here’s how to set up a Wiimote in Dolphin:

Step 1: Download and Install Dolphin

If you haven’t already, download and install the latest version of Dolphin from the official website.

Step 2: Connect the Wiimote

Connect your Wiimote to your computer via Bluetooth. You can do this by going to your computer’s Bluetooth settings and selecting “Add a device.”

Step 3: Download and Install WiimoteHook

WiimoteHook is a software that allows Dolphin to recognize and use your Wiimote. Download and install WiimoteHook from the official website.

Step 4: Configure the Controller Settings in Dolphin

Open Dolphin and go to the “Controllers” tab. Under “Wiimote,” select “Real Wiimote” as the controller type. Then, click on the “Configure” button to set up your controller.

Step 5: Configure the Wiimote Buttons

In the controller configuration window, click on each button and press the corresponding button on your Wiimote. Once all the buttons are configured, click “OK” to save your settings.

Step 6: Test Your Controller

To make sure your controller is working properly, click on the “Test” button in the controller configuration window. You should see the buttons you press on your Wiimote light up on the screen.

By following these steps, you can use a real GameCube controller or Wiimote in Dolphin and enhance your gaming experience. Have you tried using a real controller in Dolphin? Let us know in the comments.

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