Sure, Why Not Connect A PS2 Controller To Your Wii U?

By Spencer . November 30, 2012 . 12:47am

s2aeClassic Controller what? You can use a PlayStation 2 controller to play Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. Datel Japan created a PS2 controller to Wii/Wii U adapter. All you need to do is plug one end to a Wii remote and the other to a PS2 pad.


The adapter also has a Turbo button, possibly useful for Virtual Console shooters.


The PS2 to Wii U/Wii adapter comes out on December 8 for 1,980 yen.

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  • malek86

    I wonder if it would be possible to use the USB ports for a controller. I guess not, barring some homebrew hack.

  • Watch Nintendo try to disable these devices

    • A Wii/PS2 controller adapter already came out in 2009 with no issue:

    • NaelAM

      Think you’re mistaking Nintendo for Sony or Microsoft there.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      There were different styled controllers and adapters for the GC. PS3 styled controllers for the Xbox360 and 360 styled PS3 controllers too. It’s really just a matter of running wires in a way the system recognizes. Every wiring diagram was available online, so if someone wanted to take the risk, really any button control pattern would have been possible. That’s basically what competition folks do when building their own kits.

  • Yvonne Tsang

    That’s so useful… I, for one, love PS2 dualshock controllers. It feels much less fat than the 360 ones (and I’m guessing Wii U ones as well), plus I’ve always hated the latter’s triggers.

  • Syn

    Now this I like, fighting games using the d-pad will be much more accessible. For me that is. Ave found that the Ps D-pad is superior to the others in my OPINION and experience.

    • TheAverageGuyTAG

      I personally disagree with this (yes, I’m aware it’s your opinion). I don’t know about other people, but the Playstation D-pad doesn’t feel right for me with fighters. Personally, I think the 3DS d-pad is the best one I’ve used for a fighter. I’m sure the Vita d-pad would feel good with fighters as well, but I haven’t used one with a fighter, so I can’t be sure.

      Ah well, at least I’ve still got my good ‘ol arcade stick. Can’t go wrong with that.

  • Kevin Tan

    I wonder if these will work with PS2 arcade sticks…

    • ddh819

      if these are like the wii versions, probably yes

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    A nice add-on there but, i wonder my PS2 stick still work or not here lol.^_^

  • Elvick

    So would this work with any game that supports an alternative controller? Or does it somehow work on everything? (doubt that)

    • Most likely anything that uses a Wii Pro controller. That’s the most logical conclusion.

    • Kevin Tan

      If it’s connecting to the Wiimote, it’s most likely being read as a Classic Controller/Controller Pro. So basically any game that supports the Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro.

  • Namuro

    This might be good for me when I play Monster Hunter on the Wii U, since I’m already used to playing it with the Sony controller. But then I won’t be able to enjoy using the touch screen features and all…

    Well, I’ll just have to try out the game when it comes out and see for myself whether I can play it properly with the Wii U controller or not. At least there’s a choice now.

    • Considering Monster Hunter is a single player game (non split-screen), I doubt they will allow for a controller other than the Wii U Gamepad. I don’t see as to why they would use anything other than a Wii U Pro Controller if they were to support a different controller to begin with. Wiimote compatibility just seems highly unlikely.

      • Namuro

        I guess so, even if the game shares a similar control scheme, it doesn’t mean that you can just plug a 3rd party controller in and expect it to work just like that. MH Ultimate was designed to be played on the new console with the new controller after all.

        Just that it’d be nice if I have the choice to play it on the controller that I’m used to, like when I could play CAPCOM vs SNK with the Sega Saturn controller (although that was specially made for the Dreamcast).

        In the end though, I’ll be playing the game the way it’s meant to be played, with the intended controller. I only thought about the possibility of using the PS2 controller only because I saw this article. I haven’t tried the Wii U GamePad yet, so I can’t judge it at this point, but I’m sure it will be good and easy to use. I hope.

        • Showmeyomoves

          Wii U Pro Controller support has already been confirmed by Capcom, but you won’t be able to use the Wii’s Classic Controller Pro (which is essentially what this PS2 controller would be emulating).

          So yeah, you’ll have to choose between using the standard GamePad, or investing in a pricey Wii U Pro Controller.

          • Namuro

            I’m a real sucker for touch screen feature, so I’ll be happy using the GamePad for sure. The only problem though is the placement of the right analog stick on both the GamePad and the Pro Controller that they put above the action buttons, it seems like it will be a bit awkward to use. Being able to control the camera angle properly can be a real life saver, so I’m really concerned about this point (even if games like MHU offers a touch screen-lock on feature, I’d still like to be in total control of the camera).

  • Göran Isacson

    I need this because reasons. Dozens of lovely, lovely reasons… if it works on non-Japanese consols too, that is.

    • Kevin Tan

      Classic Controllers aren’t region-specific, so should work for us! :D

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    lol works for me, would be great to use it for monster hunter

  • ZEROthefirst

    How about a Wii/Gamecube adapter here. I’d love to be able to play the new SSB when it comes out using the Gamecube controller (I don’t really like playing with the new WiiU controllers, especially with fighters, it just feels different).

    • Use the Pro Controller or Classic Controller Pro not hard

      • ZEROthefirst

        I just said how I don’t like the new layout and feel of the WiiU controllers and the only reason I bothered with the Classic Controller Pro was for MH Tri (There’s no guarantee the new SSB will support the CCP either).

        • protofox

          Im totally up for a wii/gamecube adapter, from 2001 to now ive literally( and im sure many others) have been using the same exact controls for our characters for over a whole decade now. though if this wasnt done, i wouldnt be surprised, a completely new controller and new control scheme to slightly balance the levels between decade old players( lot of us who are adults now) and lets say, the next generation of kids that are the same age as we where when Melee came out. but they did state i thought the next smash would be 3DS and the U, which both have the same button layout. so guess we might have to just accept the new setup and relearn it.

  • KingGunblader

    Bahaahaha I hope you’re ready to get sued, Datel.

    • ZEROthefirst

      Bahaahaha I hope you’re ready to know that another company did this for the Wii in the past already, and they didn’t get sued, Mayflash.

      • Brandon001


      • KingGunblader

        Oh really? I figured this would be the kind of thing that would get Nintendo / Sony all hot and bothered, considering how much they love taken down fan games and the like.

  • James Franzen

    I wonder if you could use this to use a PS2 DDR pad to play the Hottest Party games on the Wii U. You currently can’t since the Wii DDR pads were just Gamecube pads.

  • hawk222

    What?! Mixing the systems?! What did I tell you about crossing the streams?!?

  • Jirin

    IMO PS2 is the perfectly shaped controller, so big thumbs up.

  • Im sold!


    i heard someone yell “Nintendo Pro Controller SUCK!!!” from a far :P

  • gimmegimmekevin

    If the Wii U Pro Controller just played VC titles I’d be good. It’s already a better good controller.

  • TheInternetNomad

    some of these adapters in the past have caused slight lag, nothing too terrible but it might be an issue for fighting games.

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