After a long time, you’ve decided to dust off your old Wii and spend a few hours of family fun. You have successfully connected the Nintendo home console to the TV. And carefully positioned the sensor bar useful for recognizing the movements of the remote control. Unfortunately, however, all your attempts to synchronize the controllers. And the Wii did not give the desired result and now you do not know where to turn your head to succeed in your intent.
That’s the way it is, am I right? Then I don’t see where the problem is: if you want, I’m here to explain how to synchronize the Wii Remote. In addition to the classic procedure for connecting a controller to the console permanently. You will also find the instructions necessary to temporarily synchronize a remote control to Wii. Also, it will be my job to provide you with the connection procedure for the Wii U and Wii Mini controllers.
If you agree and can’t wait to start playing, let’s not dwell further and see how to proceed. Make yourself comfortable. Set aside five minutes of free time to devote to reading the next paragraphs. And carefully follow the instructions I am about to give you. I assure you that, trying to put my “tips” into practice, connecting the remote control to the Wii will really be a breeze. Let it bet?
Before explaining how to synchronize the Wii Remote. It seems only right to make a premise regarding the Wii models available on the market and their controllers.
At the time of writing this guide, there are three different models of this Nintendo console available. The first Wii was launched on the market in 2006 as a successor to the Nintendo GameCube. And is equipped with remote control, called the Wii Remote (also known as the Wiimote ), which connects to the console via Bluetooth.
To the latter, it is possible to connect, through a special cable. An additional controller (which cannot be used independently) called Nunchuk. In addition, for games that support it, the Classic Controller is also available which connects to the Wii via cable and. As a result, does not need to be synchronized.
The Wii Mini is the budget version of the Wii and, for this very reason. It has fewer features than its predecessor (eg it cannot be connected to the Internet). As for the remotes, they are the same as those used on the first Wii.
Wii U is the successor to Wii and Wii Mini and is the latest model of the famous Nintendo home console available on the market (which, in turn, was later replaced by Nintendo Switch ). Again, you can use different controllers: in addition to the Wii Remote, the GamePad and the Wii U Pro Controller are also available.
How to Sync Second Wii Remote
The Wii Remote supplied with the Wii is already synchronized and ready to use (after inserting the batteries in the compartment). To use an additional remote control, however, it is necessary to follow a synchronization procedure that varies according to your needs.
Standard Synchronization: This is the standard procedure for adding additional Wii Remotes or for re-synchronizing the remote provided in the Wii package. The controller will remain synchronized until a new standard synchronization with a different console.
Temporary Sync: This is the ideal solution for those who want to temporarily use the Wii Remote with a console other than their own or another person’s controller on their Wii. Once paired temporarily, the remote and the Wii will communicate with each other until the remote and/or console are turned off.
Having clarified this, all you have to do to synchronize the second Wii Remote is to choose the type of synchronization you prefer and follow the instructions below.
Standard Wii Remote Sync
To sync a Wii Remote permanently, first make sure the Wii is connected to the TV (if not, my guide on how to connect the Wii to the TV might be useful ) and press the Power button to turn the console on.
Once this is done, take the Wii Remote, remove the rear door of the remote, make sure you have inserted the batteries. And press the red button located next to the battery compartment. At this point, one of the four LEDs on the front of the remote will begin to flash, indicating that the synchronization mode is active.
Now, open the door located on the front of the Wii and press the SYNC button, to synchronize the remote with the console. If all went well, the Wii Remote LED will stop blinking and turn solid blue.
Once you have completed the procedure for pairing the remote. You can access the console settings to perform a new controller calibration. To do this, select the Wii option from the main console menu and go to the Wii Console Settings and Sensor Bar sections. Then press on the item Sensitivity adjustment and follow the instructions shown on the screen to calibrate the remote control.
Temporary sync for Wii Remote
If you prefer to temporarily sync the Wii Remote, you need to know that in order to do this you need to use a synchronized remote with the standard procedure. Also, be aware that with a temporarily synced controller it is not possible to turn the console on / off.
That said, turn on the Wii by pressing the Power button, grab a permanently synced remote and press the Home button (the house icon ) located on the controller itself. In the new screen that appears, select the Wii Remote Settings option (below) and choose the Reset item for the Link option.
At this point, take the remote control you intend to synchronize temporarily and press keys 1 and 2 at the same time: the LEDs on the front of the controller in question will start to flash and stop when synchronization is complete.
How to sync non-original Wii remote
If you are wondering how to sync non-original Wii Remote, you need to know that the procedure is identical to that for syncing an original Nintendo controller.
Again, you will need to turn on the console and activate the sync mode by pressing the red button on your remote. Once this is done, press the SYNC button on the Wii, Wii Mini. Or Wii U in your possession and wait a few moments for the two devices to be connected to each other.
How to Sync Wii Mini Remote
If your intention is to synchronize the Wii Mini Remote, you should know that the procedure is almost identical to what is indicated in the previous lines. All you have to do is press the sync button on the console and on the remote to connect.
To proceed, therefore, turn on the Wii Mini by pressing the Power button located in the lower-left corner of the console. Remove the rear door of the remote control to be synchronized and press the red button.
Please note that, unlike the Wii Remotes of the first Wii, in this case. You can activate the synchronization of the controller even without removing the rear door. To do this, get a pointed object (e.g. a toothpick or the end of a paperclip). And insert it into the hole located on the back of the remote, exerting slight pressure for about 1-2 seconds.
After activating the pairing mode of the controller. Press the SYNC button located on the left side of the Wii Mini. Wait for the flashing LED of the remote control in use to turn solid blue and you’re done.
As mentioned in the opening lines of this guide, the Wii U allows you to use the classic Wii remote, the GamePad, and the Wii U Pro Controller. Again, all you have to do is activate the synchronization mode of the controller in your possession. And the console and wait a few moments for the two devices to be connected.
To proceed, turn on the Wii U by pressing the Power button on the front of the console. And if you intend to synchronize a Wii Remote or a Wii U Pro Controller, press the red button on the back of the remote.
Now, press the SYNC button on the front of the Wii U and wait for the sync to finish. As soon as the remote control LEDs stop flashing and only one remains lit. The controller and Wii U are in sync.
If, on the other hand, you have a GamePad, locate the small hole on the back of the device. And insert a pointed object (e.g. a pinned pencil or toothpick) into the hole in question, exerting light pressure for about 1-2 seconds.
Then press the SYNC button on the Wii U, view the symbols shown on the TV to which the console is connected, and enter them. In the same order, on the GamePad screen, to pair the controller and the console.