How to use your Nintendo Wii Remote as a PC Mouse
Ever wonder how to use your Wii remote as a PC mouse? It’s always nice when you can repurpose hardware to do something different and possibly useful. Making that Nintendo Wii remote you have sitting around work as a ranged mouse sounds like a great gimmick, right? Well, thanks to some enterprising aficionado’s out there, you can use your Wii Remote with your PC or Mac. We’ll show you how.
- Wii remote
- PC with Bluetooth or a Bluetooth dongle
- Wii Sensor Bar
Time to Install: 15-30 minutes
Table of Contents
- Step 1: Preparations
- Step 2: Activate/Install Bluetooth
- Step 3: Download Wii Remote Driver
- Step 4: Synchronize Wii Remote with PC
The software to use your Wii remote as a PC mouse is all homebrew software. The Wii Remote is not natively supported as an interface device for a PC. There may be the inconsistent response from some programs when using it as a pointing device. However, it’s still cool.
Step 1: Preparations
Before you can use your Wii Remote as a PC mouse, you will need to know a few things:
- Does your PC have Bluetooth built-in? The Wii Remote communicates using Bluetooth. No Blutetooth, no workie!
- Do you have a Wii sensor bar or suitable substitute available? – The retail wireless battery-powered sensor bars are perfect for use in this setup but you can also use 2 candles (beware of fire hazard)
Step 2: Activate/Install Bluetooth
If you do not already have a Bluetooth Dongle you can buy them at most office supply and big box computer retail stores. Once you have one simply follow the instructions in the package to install the driver and activate the Bluetooth features of your PC.
If your PC has Bluetooth built in, you should make sure it is properly enabled under your operating system. Windows 7 Users can follow this procedure to verify and activate Bluetooth:
- Left-Click Start.
- Right-click My Network Places.
- Left-Click Properties.
- Right-Click on the line that represents your Bluetooth adapter.
- If the device is not already enabled, Left-Click and choose Enable
Step 3: Download Wii Remote Driver
Next, you should download the software driver to enable you to use your Wii remote as a PC mouse:
- Windows – GlovePIE also has support for Sixaxis and Xbox 360 controllers.
- Mac OSX — The Mac software also supports use of the Nunchuck and Wii Classic Controller!
Once you have the proper driver, run the installation.
Step 4: Synchronize Wii Remote with PC
The activation and synchronization of your Wii Remote (and Classic Controller in some cases) is fairly straightforward. You add the Wii Remote like you add any other Bluetooth enabled device in your operating system.
For Windows 7/ GlovePIE users you can follow this process:
- Click the Start button.
- click Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
- Click Add
- Press 1 and 2 on your Wii Remote when it says “Searching Devices” to connect the device.
Now that you’ve got the device added to the system, all you should need to do is turn on the sensor bar (or your Nintendo Wii). Place it on top of or below your monitor (just like you do your TV when playing Wii). Provided everything is running properly you should now see the mouse respond to your Wii remote movements. Congratulations!