When the Wiimote (Nintento Wii Remote) stops working

Last week I had bought a new game to my Nintendo Wii, and was eager to start it up. I grabbed the Wiimote (Nintento Wii Remote) but it was completely dead.

Being over two months since I last played, I took for granted that the batteries had just gotten drained. So, I just got some fresh batteries, inserted them, but the control was still not giving any feedback whatsoever: no lights flashing, nothing.

This is when my desperate chase online started for a solution to my problem. Surely others must have come across this as well? However, of all posts, discussions and replies I found, only one person had this problem, and in that case the remote was broken.

Being a good person with self-distance, I naturally instantly blamed my girlfriend (although she hardly ever uses it), and we had about a minute of unpleasant conversation. Ok, could it be the children then? Well, maybe, but the remote had been stashed away, so I was fairly certain they couldn’t have done it.

Ok, back online, scouring for answers. I spent about an hour learning about everything that can go wrong with a Nintendo Wii and how to solve it; everything, but my problem. The only other Wiimote issues seemed to be all lights flashing, and in that case, it was just about resyncing the remote, and in some cases, it needed a slap.

In one forum, one of the suggestions was to check if the batteries had been put in correctly.

What a fucking provocative thing to say

I thought; naturally everyone knows how to put in batteries. However… A few minutes later I glanced down at the Wiimote, and it seemed like the battery casing wasn’t properly in place.

Turned out I had just put in the batteries the wrong way…


PS. If you do have the problem with flashing lights, this is how to resync the Wii Remote. DS.


  • Jesse says:

    Even the sun has spots Robert, although I must say this was a pretty huge "spot" πŸ™‚

  • Andreas says:

    "Being a good person with self-distance, I naturally instantly blamed my girlfriend"

    lol! πŸ˜€

  • RobertDM says:

    Ha, ha, ha!! I know the feeling… in the days I still worked for a boss I had to use one of the laptops but couldn't get past the login. I rang the helpdesk who told me: user = admin and pasword = empty. It took me many attempts and lots of "no, still doesn't let me in" before I realised what they meant was leave the passwordfield empty: I had actually been typing out "empty" as a word all the time… πŸ™‚ (luckily for me it was before the days of taking over the screen from a distance so I managed to get away with it with a quick "Ah, it's fine now, thx and bye". But I felt ever so stupid!!!)

  • Naturally, only a woman would make that mistake!

  • Alex Leonard says:

    Brilliant. Even technologically capable people can make such mistakes (the ones we laugh about so much when helping other people out).

    Is your computer on?


    Well that's why your mouse isn't working.

  • Wictor says:

    I had some troubles with one of my Wiimotes a couple of months back. It did connect to the console, but it did not follow my directions instead it started acting on its on.

    The solution, after checking everything, was found on a forum and at first I thought it was a joke. It said to slam the wiimote onto a flat surface really hard – I tried it and it's been working fine since then.

  • Jules says:

    I am wondering now if it isn't the Wiimote that needs the slap! LOL

  • Erik says:

    I blame the batteries. They should be designed in such a way that manufacturers can design their products so it is impossible to put them in the wrong way.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Ha ha! Yes, I agree! πŸ™‚


    It seems to come natural to me… πŸ˜›


    Ha ha! Yeah, I recognize those kind of scenarios!


    Careful now! πŸ™‚


    Well, actually, I think technical people are more prone to do these kinds of mistakes than "normal" people. It's just because we always take for granted that it is a serious problem, instead of starting with the basics.


    Yes! That's the one I read about, and tons of people seem to have had that problem, and all with the same solution: a good old slap! I like old-school solutions to new technology!


    Ha ha!


    Absolutely right! πŸ™‚

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