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This guide gives you a list of recommended devices that might be needed while using Dolphin - either as a requirement (sensor bar, bluetooth dongle are required to connect Wii Remotes) or simply for more faithful emulation (GameCube controller, etc.).
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This bundle contains an official GameCube Controller (White) as well as a very commonly used USB adapter to connect the controller to your PC.
This list contains Bluetooth USB Dongles for your PC that have been tested to work with Wii Remote Plus controllers on Windows.
The Mayflash DolphinBar is a combination Bluetooth Adapter/USB Sensor Bar that supports Wii Remote Pluses and has many benefits over a traditional Toshiba Stack Bluetooth adapter. See the review for more details.
Two options are listed here: either Wii Remote without Motion Plus Inside, or Wii Remote including Motion Plus. Normal Wii Remotes (without M+) are easier to setup with Dolphin, but they require you to buy and attach a Motion Plus add-on to your Wii Remote to play Motion Plus games. Wii Remote Plus do not require this add-on but are more complicated to setup with Dolphin.
Without Wii Motion Plus Inside
With Wii Motion Plus Inside
This list contains a USB powered sensor bar (needs to be plugged in to your computer) as well as a fully wireless sensor bar (requires 4 AA batteries for power).
The Mayflash DolphinBar is a combination Bluetooth Adapter/USB Sensor Bar that combines a solid sensor bar with Wii Remote Plus supporting Bluetooth. See the review for more details.
Wii Compatible DVD Drive
These DVD drives can be used with Rawdump in order to dump GameCube and Wii DVD and use them with Dolphin.