I just recently bought a black Wii Remote Plus with MotionPlus built in so I could play my Skyward Sword copy on my Dolphin emulator, only to find out to my dismay that its model, the RVL-CNT-01-TR (to my knowledge the most commonly sold in the US) doesn’t work with Dolphin out of the box. Thankfully a bunch of other helpful people have looked into the issue, but I haven’t had luck just following one guide, so I decided I’d post here on how. If you can buy one of the golden controllers with Wii MotionPlus built in, save yourself a bunch of time and get one of those.
I’m using a Lenovo Ideapad Y580 and Windows 7 x64, but this guide should work for most Windows systems. During this process I Virustotal.com‘d everything, but just to be safe you can scan too.
In simple steps: (TL;DR)
1) Connect your bluetooth adapter and get it working (laptop users should have this working already)
2) Go here and download wiipair. You will need to put this in C:\Windows\system32 or if that doesn’t work, in the same directory as wiipair.exe
3) Run wiipair.exe while putting your Wiimote in discovery mode. Wiipair will find your wiimote and pair it with your PC. Close wiipair.exe after done.
4) Install the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack driver from the first tutorial.
5) When the installer pops up a new window, which popups a dialog asking you to Please plug in your bluetooth adapter, follow these instructions to get your hardware’s bluetooth adapter recognized. Press okay after editing and wait for the install to finish.
6) Get the newest Dolphin and unzip. Then, add and rewrite with Xoppa Dolphin Emulator from here.
7) Open Toshiba Stack’s “Bluetooth Settings”. Follow the instructions from the last tutorial to get your wiimote connected to Dolphin. This video might also work.
Below is my detailed experience + walkthrough of the install. You may want to just read TLDR simple steps first.
Starting with this guide, follow the instructions up to step 4: http://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-solution-rvl-cnt-01-tr-with-autoconnect. This has two caveats:
1) If you’re like me, despite having tons of different Microsoft VC++ Redistributables installed on your system, you’re going to run into the MSVC100D.dll was not found error. The D at the end means that the wiipair.exe was a developer build, which just means the normal redists won’t have the right .dll files. So download the .dll and put it in C:\Windows\system32 (and scan if you’re cautious) from here: http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?msvcr100d. I actually still had trouble after putting it in system32, so I placed it in the same directory as wiipair.exe (my desktop) and it worked.
I’m not entirely sure this wiipair step helped as I went through a couple restarts after pairing, but it appears to have worked, so..
2) Since I wasn’t using a Toshiba computer (and I’m going to assume most aren’t), you’re going to have to add your bluetooth adapter to the Toshiba Bluetooth stack config files, or in laptop users’ cases, the built in bluetooth adapter. During the installation, when you get stuck on the “Please plug in your bluetooth adapter” or similar message, follow this tutorial: http://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-rvl-cnt-01-tr?pid=189694&mode=threaded#pid189694. I did not have to uninstall any other bluetooth drivers but I imagine you would have to like the tutorial says.
Then, follow these instructions to DL & use the latest Dolphin + Xoppa Dolphin Emulator: http://forums.dolphin-emu.org/Thread-tr-remote-how-to-get-new-wiimote-motion-to-work-rvl-cnt-01-tr. Follow the instructions to get your TR remote connected up. For me I had to restart from step 2; make sure you’re allowing the device to get connected fully (the add new connection wizard should close), then right click the “Nintendo RVL-CVT-01-TR” connection and say “Connect”. A dialog will appear; press A and press OK, then continue following the steps.
EDIT: After playing around, I’ve notice the Xoppa emulator has some problems with native resolution scaling (can’t play in 1080p) and has lag issues. Fortunately, after connecting my Wiimote through Toshiba stack, the motionplus works with the normal Dolphin emulator, so I believe you can safely skip the Xoppa step.
Happy wii emulating!