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Use Your WiiMote As A Mac Gamepad With WJoy

Justin Pot 23-01-2013

Do you want a gamepad for your Mac, but don’t want to buy yet another controller? Use your WiiMote as a gamepad with Wjoy. This app doesn’t enable motion controls on your Mac, but it does let you use your WiiMote as a simple gamepad – perfect for games and even emulators if that’s what you like to do.


Not everyone knows it, but the WiiMote connects to the Wii using Bluetooth – and there’s nothing stopping you from using the WiiMote with any computer that uses Bluetooth. The Mac is no exception.

We’ve shown you how to connect your WiiMote to your PC How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC How do you prefer to interact with your computer? Sometimes a mouse and keyboard just isn’t enough. Depending on what you’re doing, a completely different interface method is required for you to get the most... Read More , and while that process is great – you end up with full motion control – it’s also fairly complex. This Mac solution is simple, letting you use any WiiMote with your Mac in a matter of minutes.

Getting Started

Before we begin: you’ll need to turn Bluetooth on What Is Bluetooth? 10 Common Questions, Asked and Answered What is Bluetooth and how does it work? We take a look at Bluetooth, why it's so useful, and how to use it. Read More before you can use this. If you don’t have Bluetooth you’re out of luck, sorry.

Go ahead and download Wjoy. It’s a typical Mac package, so install by dragging the enclosed application to your Applications folder. Start it up and you’ll see a WiiMote icon in your Menu Bar, along with a notification:

use wiimote as gamepad mac


Go ahead and press the 1 and 2 buttons. Your WiiMote should shake, as usual, and then you’re ready to go:

use wiimote as gamepad

You can click the WiiMote icon in the tray if you want information about your WiiMotes, including the battery life. You can also quit the programming from here, which will also disconnect all of your WiiMotes from your Mac.

use wiimote as gamepad


The real brilliance of this program is that any and all programs capable of recognizing a joystick will now recognize your WiiMote as one. Sometimes this will require some in-game configuration – here’s me setting up Braid:

use wiimote as gamepad mac

I might be short on buttons with just my WiiMote.

Other programs will simply work out of the box, but check the options in your game to learn more. Hold your WiiMote sideways and you’re ready to play. The Classic Controller is also supported, meaning you can potentially use more buttons if you’ve got access to that accessory.


Oh, and if a game you want to play doesn’t support gamepads check out Enjoy, which lets you map gamepad buttons to keyboard buttons. It’s a little work to set up, but worth it if you want to game using your WiiMote.


Of course this isn’t the only thing you can use a WiiMote for. We’ve outlined 6 crazy, interesting or useful ways to use a WiiMote 6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote When Nintendo released the WiiMote, it was arguably a console industry game changer. The concept of interacting with a game using your physical body was born. Lifelike motion controls enabled it to appeal to a... Read More , and you can of course connect your WiiMote to your PC How To Connect Your Wiimote To Your PC How do you prefer to interact with your computer? Sometimes a mouse and keyboard just isn’t enough. Depending on what you’re doing, a completely different interface method is required for you to get the most... Read More .

And if you’re looking for alternative uses for your WiiMotes you might also be curious about alternative uses for your Wii. You can check out these homebrew solutions that give your Wii new jobs What to Do With an Old Nintendo Wii: 12 Fun DIY Ideas and Projects Got an old Nintendo Wii cluttering up closet space and no idea what to do with it? Here are some ways to repurpose your old Wii. Read More , but you’ll have to jailbreak your Wii with Letterbomb How to Install Homebrew on a Nintendo Wii Using LetterBomb Installing Homebrew on your Nintendo Wii can unlock its full potential. Here's how to do that using LetterBomb. Read More first. Believe me, it’s worth it.

What Mac games are you playing with your WiiMote? Let me know in the comments below, complete with links if you’re feeling generous.


Related topics: Emulation, Mac Game, Nintendo.

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  1. screw you creators of wjoy
    October 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    wow, it's cruel that THIS IS ONLY FOR MAC!

  2. screw you creators of wjoy
    October 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    i needed a windows version, but THERE IS NO WINDOWS VERSION!

  3. ???(I am not telling)
    August 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    When i connect i disconnects a second later
    it used to work but now it does this all the time

  4. SammerSoldier
    February 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    How do you make it work with Dolphin?

    • Justin Pot
      February 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      So far as I know this isn't working at all at the moment, I'm sorry to say.

  5. Anonymous
    June 27, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I am able to connect my wii remote, but no game works with it. All of my steam games can use gamepads and none of them recognize it.

    • Justin Pot
      June 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Yeah a lot of games on Steam will only work with the XBox controller. I don't fully understand why, but that's how it is.

      • Anonymous
        June 29, 2015 at 11:08 pm

        That's mega lame, but thanks for the help! I can play games on my emulator with it, so that's pretty cool!

    • Justin Pot
      June 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Yeah sorry, support for game pads is typically done by the individual games themselves, and most PC games need more buttons than the WiiMote has. At least, I think that's why they do this. Anyway, enjoy that emulation!

  6. tjk
    May 7, 2015 at 1:16 am

    enjoy is a broken link... is there an archive of the program somewhere?

  7. Jacques Knipe
    January 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Never knew Nintendo and Apple were secretly an alliance...anyway I'll have to show my friend how to do this.

  8. Anonymous
    January 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Cool. Is there anything like it for windows?

  9. Max
    January 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    This is really cool, I wonder if minecraft will work well with it!