how to connect wii controller to switch without adapter

As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, connecting a Wii controller (specifically the Wii Remote or Wiimote) directly to a Nintendo Switch without an adapter is not officially supported. The Nintendo Switch primarily uses the Joy-Con controllers, Pro Controller, or other officially licensed controllers.

However, if you still wish to try using a Wii Remote on the Nintendo Switch, there are third-party adapters available that can bridge the gap between the two. These adapters allow you to use a Wii Remote on the Switch as if it were a Pro Controller. Here’s how to do it with such an adapter:


  • Wii Remote (Wiimote)
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Third-party Wii Remote to Switch adapter (e.g., Mayflash Magic-NS)


  1. Power on Your Nintendo Switch:
    • Ensure your Nintendo Switch is powered on and ready for use.
  2. Connect the Adapter:
    • Plug the third-party Wii Remote to Switch adapter into one of the USB ports on the Nintendo Switch dock.
  3. Pair the Wii Remote:
    • Follow the instructions provided with the adapter to pair your Wii Remote (Wiimote) with the adapter.
    • This typically involves pressing a specific button combination on the Wiimote and waiting for it to connect to the adapter.
  4. Configure Controls (if needed):
    • Depending on the adapter, you may need to configure the button mapping and settings to make the Wii Remote function like a Pro Controller or Joy-Con.
  5. Test the Wii Remote:
    • Open a game or application on your Nintendo Switch that supports the Pro Controller or Joy-Con input.
    • Test the functionality of the Wii Remote to ensure that it’s working correctly.

Please note that while this method may allow you to use a Wii Remote on the Nintendo Switch, it might not provide the same level of compatibility and functionality as official controllers like the Joy-Con or Pro Controller. Additionally, Nintendo’s official firmware updates may affect the compatibility of third-party adapters, so be prepared for potential limitations or issues.

Keep in mind that my information is based on the state of the Nintendo Switch and Wii Remote compatibility as of September 2021, and there may have been updates or changes since then. Always check the latest information from Nintendo or the adapter manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility and instructions.

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