I love the Wii & Wii U consoles. They are both home to a solid collection of some of Nintendo’s best games as well as a multitude of third-party classics. Unfortunately, my Wii U died recently, leaving me unable to enjoy my library of games. That’s why I started playing around with the Dolphin (Wii) and Cemu (WiiU) emulators. Both offer surprisingly good performance on my years old gaming PC, so its been a great way to continue enjoying some of my favourite games. However, due to the uniqueness of the controllers for those systems, it’s essential to be able to use real Wiimotes via Bluetooth and I ran into an issue with my built-in Bluetooth not being compatible. I had to find an external adapter that would work, and that’s when I discovered the Mayflash DolphinBar.
This USB device functions as both a Bluetooth adapter and Wii Sensor Bar. The build quality is solid and it was super easy to setup. On my Windows 10 PC, I just had to plug it in and turn it on (there is a small power switch on the back). The drivers were automatically downloaded and installed, and as soon as I pressed the sync button on my Wiimote, it connected to my PC. I was able to use it in both Dolphin and CEMU, with perfect performance. No lag or connection issues at all. My Nunchuk and Classic Controller attachments were fully supported as well. It even works with Wii Motion Plus and supports up to 4 remotes at once.
In addition to full support in the emulators it has a couple of different modes that allow you to use the Wiimote to control the mouse. This works surprisingly well for controlling a Media PC from your couch. This is by far the easy and most reliable way to enjoy using Wiimotes on a PC, and I picked it up on Amazon.ca for under $30. If you are looking for this functionality, I can’t recommend the DolphinBar enough. Check it out.