Glen McNamee
Playing PC games with a Wiimote
Posted on Feb 22, 2009 in c64, Gaming, Technology

I’ve found out recently that it is possible to use a Wiimote to play PC games, so I thought I would share.

What you’ll need

A Wiimote
A Bluetooth Enabled PC (or Bluetooth Dongle)
BlueSoleil bluetooth software (this method doesn’t appear to work for me with Microsoft’s own Bluetooth Stack)
GlovePie  

Connecting the Wiimote

Make sure your  Bluetooth is turned on.

There should be a Bluetooth Places icon on your desktop. Click it.

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Before connectting the Wiimote, it needs to be discovered and added to bluetooth places. This needs to be done once for all Wiimotes you are planning to use. Just click the Search Devices icon. A torch icon will indicate that the software is searching for bluetooth devices.

 

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Now press buttons 1 and 2 on the Wiimote. This will put the Wiimote into discovery mode, so that bluetooth software can find it. A new bluetooth device, called Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 will appear in bluetooth places now. If you have problems getting your Wiimote connected, try pressing “1” and “2” on the wiimote first and then click on the “Search Devices” icon.

Right click on the icon and choose Connect.

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A window should pop up, stating that the software is trying to connect to the Wiimote. Again press 1 and 2 on the Wiimote.

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When the connection attempt is successful, the blue parts of the Nintendo RVL-CNT-01 and the My Device icon will turn green. The Wiimote’s LEDs will continue flashing.

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Configuring the Wiimote

You Wiimote is not connect to your PC, so now you need to configure it using GlovePie

Extract the GlovePie zip file to a new directory. 

Run the GlovePIE.exe file you extracted. 

Choose File > Open from the GlovePIE menu, and load the TestWiimote.PIE file. 

Press the Run button. The title bar should say “[Running]”, the Run button should change to a stop button, and the “debug” box should appear next to the stop button. 

Move the Wiimote around and see if the values in the debug box change. They should be horizontal, vertical, and forwards-backwards movement in that order. Gravity also affects them. 

 Go to any program (notepad will work) and try pressing the buttons on the Wiimote. They should emulate the appropriate keys on the keyboard. 

When you have finished, click the Stop button in GlovePIE. 

Once you confirm this is working you can try one of the many other GlovePie Scripts in the Wiimote Scripts directory, or you can define your are own script as I have done below.

These keys can be defined however you want (check  the wiili forum for more details). When you are happy press the run button.

You should be able to configure the Wiimote to do almost anything. You can even use the Wiimote to play emulated games.  Early today my son and I have been playing Wizball and International Karate using WinVice and Golden Axe and Gauntlet using Kega Fusion.

5 Comments

  1. Scribbler says:

    I have decided that playing Bubble Bobble using a Wii remote would be awesome.

  2. Glen McNamee says:

    It would be. Let’s do it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    lol i could do that 1 year before

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