WiiMote for Android
If you have followed the progress of Android phones and how they can be used for games, then you may already know a few emulators that are offered on the Android market now.
By using emulators to enjoy gaming systems such as NES, SNES, Game Boy, and Mega Advance games on your Android phone, it is like having constant access to an archive full of retro games. You can easily shift back to the past if you want to.
But those with an Android phone and do not have a physical keyboard, as what happens to Nexus One owners, it may be harder to play games using the phone. Even if multi-touch displays can still be used during intuitive navigation and game interaction, they do not help at all in improving your accuracy while you are playing the game.
However, coder Ryan Frawley can resolve this issue. Wii Controller IME can
connect your phone to a Nintendo Wii Remote via Bluetooth, which you can use
while playing the game. This can give you superior control then.
Nintendo Wii Remotes and Wii Keyboard.
Here are some steps involved in this action:
Step 1: Find a Wii Remote.
This is the main requirement for you to access the Wii Controller IME for your Android games, but it wouldn’t be hard for you to find since Wii is quite popular these days. Just borrow some from your home or from friends to try it out.
Step 2: Download the application.
Look for “Wii Controller IME” on Android Market. The application Ryan made only costs $3.99 or £2.70, which is not that expensive.
However, the application does not work on phones that use sense UI from HTC.
Step 3: Do the setup.
After installing the application, you still need to configure something before the app would work. First, go to your Language & Keyboard settings menu to start using the app. This is quite easy to do though because of the link to Wii Controller IME, which leads you right to the said menu. Check the right box as pictured above and then return to app.
Step 4: Activate the Wii Remote Control.
Ask the phone to switch to using the Wii controller as your source of input. Tap on “Select Input Method” menu and you will see two options, as seen above, being Android keyboard or the Wii controller. Just tick on Wii Controller.
After playing the games, remember to do the same thing to go back to your normal Android keyboard to allow you to type using your phone.
Step 5: Connect now.
To make the connection, press 1 and 2 on your Wii remote. This allows the device to go into “Search” mode and establish connections with devices around it having their Bluetooth on. However, stay away from your Wii console to avoid connecting to that device instead.
After the “search” mode, press “Connect Controllers” option that you find in the Wii Controller IME menu. Wait until the dialogue box saying that it is still currently searching, until a connection between the remote and Android phone will be connected.
Step 6: Start playing the game now.
Exit the application and start on your emulator. In this example, we decided to use Gensoid from Yongzh, but there are many other emulators that are also compatible with Bluetooth input.
Step 7: Activate input support on Android.
Yongzh’s are not always readily compatible with Bluetooth support. You still need to check the “Use input method” option that you can find in the Settings menu.
Step 8: Let the Wii remote buttons map out on your Android phone.
Go to the Key mappings menu to check if no major problem has happened. For instance, your directional commands do not get all connected to the Wii Remote’s D-pad.
Step 9: Continue playing Android with Wii Remote.
Load the game and play as much as you want on your Android phone.
Now, the application can be used on devices with only three buttons max, because the Wii Remote is also very limited when it comes to buttons or keys. These difficulties may mean just how hard it is to use the SNESoid emulator. However, Ryan already developed Classic Controller.
Given that this application is available and you can use it with your Wii Classic Controller, which has a good D-pad and more buttons. This type of remote would allow you to enjoy more games from Android emulation.