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Wiinupro update - got it working

July 31, 2018

So I’m very silly. I read the Wiinupro site saying it “no longer requires the Toshiba bluetooth stack” and somehow completely missed the part about how this only applies to Windows 8 and 10. So on Windows 7, this thing is still apparently required.

I still don’t know what a bluetooth stack is. Is it a driver? If so, how could this work? I don’t have a Toshiba bluetooth card, it’s an intel.

But, I decided to at least give it a shot. I was hesitant, because it took an insane amount of time to get my BT headphones properly working in Windows 7, but now that I know what the secret is I figured I could undo my damage if I need to.

And lo and behold, I installed the Toshiba bluetooth stack and my headphones still work perfectly and I can now connect the Wii U Pro controller via bluetooth and it works just like any other controller. As far as my computer is concerned, it’s just an Xbox controller.

The entire interface for adding bluetooth devices is different, and it’s kind of ugly, but it works. I’m not going to question it.

I haven’t actually been playing many PC games lately (I’ve gotten way into Zelda 9 on the actual Wii U) but I fired up an emulator with Mario 3 and it feels great. The controller feels good in the hands, it has a good D-pad, and I like the sticks a lot more than the 360 sticks on top of that. My only complaint is that the face buttons are a little far apart, but I’m getting used to it.

I apologize to the Wiinupro developers for my inability to read.

All in all, I’m cautiously optimistic about this becoming my new regular controller and I’m grateful nothing caught on fire.

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