Do You Need a GameCube Controller to Play GameCube Games On Wii?

Gamecube HDMI Adapter

A lot of people are still playing GameCube games on their beloved console, but people stuck with Wii don’t seem to have an option. There isn’t much support for one of the best-selling video game consoles ever made. If you are lucky enough to have a family edition of Wii, you can easily play with GameCube controllers but for people with the Wii U edition, there aren’t a lot of options. However, there is a way to play any old GameCube game on your Wii console without using a GameCube controller. You can do that with the right software and some tinkering with your firmware. You can even plug in the GameCube HDMI adapter to play your games natively on an HD screen.

Here’s how you do it.

Set Up Necessary Tools

All you need to get started is a computer with an SD card reader, the homebrew channel installed, the cIOS installers, Gecko OS. dol file, dopmii to install on your Wii, Ninendont, and an SD card formatted to use FAT32.

Home-Brew Channel

The newest version of the home-brew channel supports GameCube emulation as well, so even if you are not using an actual GameCube controller you can still play most GC titles. Use hackMii to install the homebrew so you can start your games without having to run the exploit again and again. To start your GameCube Emulator just open the Home-brew Channel, click on the GC icon and then select your game from the list (if available for emulation).


Nintendont is a software intended to be used with the Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles. It allows users without a GameCube Controller or GameCube adapter to use GameCube controllers or save files through emulation. There are many great games out there for the GameCube that many people would enjoy playing without having to acquire an expensive GameCube controller. With Nintendont, anyone can play their favourite GameCube games with the Wiimote and Nunchuk. Nintendont will let you play hundreds of games from the GameCube’s incredible back-catalogue, and all without having to get up and swap them out by hand. Nintendont lets you play GameCube games on the Wii without using the original controller. Your Wii is limited to the games it came with, and it will spit out any GC games you put in it. Well, not any more. Unlike home-brew emulation, Nintendont plays your games natively. It is not an emulator and acts as a bridge between the console and the virtual machine to play the games natively.

Bottom Line

The Wii can play Gamecube games, but you need a GameCube controller to use it. That is – unless you’ve got Homebrew hacks installed on your Wii or you have Nintendont. Nintendont is OFW (home-brew) software that enables Gamecube games to be loaded from an SD card or USB device and then played on the Wii without the use of a GameCube controller. So give Nintendont a try today!