Wii U Pro Controller

Wii U Pro ControllerThe Nintendo Wii U may not have been a huge commercial success, but if you have one, there’s a good chance you have a few Nintendo Wii U Pro Controllers around, because Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart are staples, and having 4 controllers is what makes them so great.  So you’re probably wondering, can I use these with an Amazon Fire TV?

Like the Wii before it, the Wii U uses Bluetooth for its controllers, but isn’t completely compatible with Bluetooth standards, meaning you can’t use the controller out of the box.  That’s where Mayflash comes in.  Mayflash has made a business around providing controller compatibility, and they make a Wii U Pro Controller Adapter that does the trick, allowing you to use the Wii U Pro Controller with your PC, your Fire TV, or apparently even a PS3.  The adapter supports DirectInput and XInput standards.  With DInput you can connect up to 4 controllers to your PC simultaneously, and with XInput you can connect one and it behaves like an XBox 360 controller.  On the Fire TV you can only select XInput, so you can only have one controller per dongle.

Setup is easy.  Plug into your USB port, hold down the sync button on the dongle and the controller, and you’re in business.  The one thing you’ll notice is that the Nintendo button map is maintained, so A/B and X/Y locations are reversed from what most other controllers utilize.  In order to switch the button map, hold down the start button and the B button for 3 seconds, or the start and A button for 3 seconds to switch it back.

Fire Ecosystem Compatibility

Tested Compatible:
  • 2015 Fire TV (2nd Gen) – Tested with Fire OS v. 5.2.6.1
Likely Compatible but Untested
  • 2014 Fire TV (1st Gen) – Should work, but untested
  • 2017 Fire TV (3rd Gen) – Should work with USB-OTG, but untested
  • 2016 Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) – Should work with USB-OTG, but untested
Not Compatible, Requires USB Port:
  • 2014 Fire TV Stick (1st Gen)

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Amazon Link:

Wii U Pro Controller ($45)
MayFlash Wii U Pro Controller Adapter ($20)
USB On-the-Go (OTG) cable ($4)
USB OTG/Hub combo ($8)

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