The Wii U Virtual Console supports a wide range of controllers - from Wii U GamePad to Wii Remote, making multiplayer a tad tricky. Our quick guide tells you how to setup multiplayer if using a Wii U GamePad and another Wii Controller.
Running Virtual Console games in multiplayer mode on the original Wii was a snap. Each Wii Remote is assigned to a controller port on the console automatically, so whoever wanted to be first player would grab the set remote.
On the Wii U the GamePad takes on the priority of player number one, but if using a Wii Remote or Classic Controller, it also assigns itself to first player position. Confused we tried to resync the Wii Remotes to the system in order to set them as player two for Virtual Console games like Balloon Fight, yet the Wii U automatically assigns the Wii Remote to first player.
In a nutshell it leaves the GamePad and Wii Remote fighting for who's player number one, but this can be quickly remedied.
How to re-assign the GamePad to a Different Port
- Tap the touch screen whilst running a Virtual Console game.
- Select the controller assignment tab (top right of the touch screen)
- From here, click on the port to assign the GamePad to.