Wii Remote Support Coming to Google's Android

New application allows Wii Remotes and Android phones to communicate

We don't usually cover mobile phone news here on Nintendo Life but in this case we're willing to make an exception. Those of you familiar with Google's Android operating system will know that there are countless downloadable apps available via the appropriately-named Android Market.

One app that caught our attention recently was the Wii Controller Demo, produced by Ryan Frawley. This software - which is available for free - allows Android users to create a Bluetooth connection between their phone and a Wii Remote and then log input information on the phone's display.

While this in itself isn't tremendously exciting it does have long-term implications for gaming on Android; Frawley is still working on the software but it already has the ability to detect the presence of a Nunchuk and Classic Controller. Once the app is working properly he intends to allow other developers to use it in their games and emulators.

Emulation is probably the key area here; unlike Apple Google is quite happy to allow developers to distribute emulator apps on the marketplace. It's possible to play SNES, NES, Mega Drive and GBA games on Android devices and, when paired with a Wii Remote/Classic Controller combo, you've effectively got a portable Virtual Console.

If you have an Android phone then we recommend you check this out.