Unfortunately, this article cannot help you learn how to control the Wii menu with a Gamecube controller because that feature is not available on the Nintendo Wii. However, you can still use your Gamecube controller with the Wii by following these simple steps.
- Open the top of your Nintendo Wii by unhooking the latch.
- Once the lid is open, there should be four ports for your Gamecube controllers.
- Insert your controller(s) into the ports.
- Use your Wii remote to navigate the Wii menu.
- Once you have selected your Gamecube game, you can now use your Gamecube controllers.
For some reason, Nintendo has not allowed the use of Gamecube controllers on the Wii menu. If you want a more classic controller feel, it may be a good idea to purchase the Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro. This controller is more of an old-school design featuring, two shoulder buttons on each side, two analog sticks, a D-pad, and four buttons. The left and right Z buttons on the Classic Controller Pro function much like the Z button on the Gamecube controller. Unfortunately, the Classic Controller Pro does not function with Gamecube games. It is compatible with many Virtual console games and more recently, a few Wii titles. The Classic Controller Pro may be a good idea for one looking to use an older design, but cannot replace using the Gamecube controller.
Nintendo's choice to not allow the use of the Gamecube controller on the Wii menu may anger some, but as of now, the only option is to use the Wii remote or Classic Controller Pro. If you want to play Gamecube games, you must navigate the menu with either of these two controllers and then use the Gamecube controller to play the game. Switching back-and-forth between controllers may be a tedious task, but, unfortunately, this is the only way.