Introduction: USB Gamepad Using Wii Classic Controller and Arduino Leonardo

If you have a Wii Classic Controller and a free Arduino Leonardo, with some wires you can turn them to a USB Gamepad within 15 minutes.

I've tried this on both Windows 10 and 'Raspberry Pi's RetroPie gaming machine'.

This guide assumes that you're familiar with Arduino IDE, you've already known how to install Arduino libraries.

So let's start! :)

Step 1: Hardware Connections

First of all we need to connect the Wii Classic Controller to Arduino Leonardo using Two Wires (and 2 more for 3.3V VCC and GND of course).

I used the Wii Nunchuck Adapter for the convenience. You may find it around $1 in many online stores.

Step 2: Upload Sketch to Arduino Leonardo

I use Arduino V1.8.1 https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

To simulate a USB Joystick, I use the Joystick library from Matthew Heironimus:

https://github.com/MHeironimus/ArduinoJoystickLibrary

And finally, my sketch, will query Wii Controller's state via I2C and map to the corresponding Joystick's buttons.

Pressing the Home button will toggle between XBox controller and Standard Gamepad button mapping (with LED 13 indicator).

I hope this will be useful for someone. Happy gaming! :)

Comments

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leonardou1 made it! (author)2016-10-01

Man very thank you for this! I made, but i have a problem, when i press A its show A and Y pressed, or press pressed, or press UP its show a lot of buttons pressed in the same time, stranger! I upload a picture when i press UP. Im using Arduino Pro Micro

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Sorry for my late reply! Not sure if you still need this but I've updated the guide. Please update the ArduinoJoystickLibrary if you'd like to try the new sketch. Thanks!

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wold630 (author)2016-03-22

Neat!