Homebrew RetroArch: Is it possible to use "any" third party USB gamepad?

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Am I blind, too stupid to use the search bar correctly or is there really no dedicated RetroArch for Wii thread? Only found separate threads for separate problems.

However, I have an old Wii eating dust here and since my sister was looking for one of those cheap stupid chinese retro consoles I figured I can just give it to her (since I have a Wii U and a Switch for myself) and put RetroArch on it.
But as Wiimotes have a bad button layout for things like SNES or Mega Drive games I wonder if RetroArch supports any third party gamepads connected via USB like any of those:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=snes+gamepad+usb&_sacat=0

Because I can get my hands on many of them for free (from a buddy of mine) and thus my sister could avoid having to buy classic controllers for her Wiimotes.

Has anybody tested this?
 

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I have read that up to a certain version some usb gamepads were working (1.7.6?) but didn't test myself.
 

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It worked for me after i put the .cfg file and the driver for my adapter.
I got the driver from here:
https://github.com/libretro/RetroArch/tree/master/input/connect
And the .cfg file from here:
https://github.com/libretro/retroar.../262e0f57bd9b8a4b736ef35b957be93d40ac590d/hid

I made a hid folder in both retroarch folders,the one in the root of the sd and the one in the apps folder,and I put the autoconfig file in both them and in the autoconfig folder in the apps/retroarch-wii.

Works fine BUT everytime I load or close a rom i need tounplug/plug the usb cable :/
 
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It worked for me after i put the .cfg file and the driver for my adapter.
I got the driver from here:
https://github.com/libretro/RetroArch/tree/master/input/connect
And the .cfg file from here:
https://github.com/libretro/retroar.../262e0f57bd9b8a4b736ef35b957be93d40ac590d/hid

I made a hid folder in both retroarch folders,the one in the root of the sd and the one in the apps folder,and I put the autoconfig file in both them and in the autoconfig folder in the apps/retroarch-wii.

Works fine BUT everytime I load or close a rom i need tounplug/plug the usb cable :/
Oh wow, thx for the nice answer!
 
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Bump, having a hard time with this.

I'm using RA 1.7.5 on my Wii. I have input driver set to gx and joypad driver set to hid. Tried a retrolink/retro-bit generic Saturn pad, and a Dualshock 3, neither work when I reboot Retroarch after setting the joypad driver to hid. I tried unplugging and plugging in the controllers after the program had booted, no dice. I tested both controllers on my computer, both are working fine. My PS3 controller lights come on and start charging when I plug it into the wii, so I don't -think- it's a hardware issue.

I also tried the newest RA Wii but that didn't get me much further. With that, the controllers both worked... but only the dpad/left analog stick.

Another wrinkle is that if I start Retroarch with the PS3 controller plugged in, it black-screens and does not load the menu. If I reboot and load it again without the PS3 controller, it loads fine, but still the controller still does nothing when I plug it in.

My SD card presently looks like:

SD:\apps\retroarch wii\autoconfig\hid - with the pack of .cfg files in there

As per the recommendation of a user in this thread I went overkill and just put the cfg folder anywhere it could possibly go, so I have it in the root retroarch folder as well, like:

SD:\retroarch\config\hid
SD:\retroarch\config\autoconfig\hid
SD:\retroarch\autoconfig\hid
SD:\retroarch\hid

as well as dumping the .cfgs in the parent autoconfig/config folders, etc.

I'm at a bit of a loss on what to do here, any help is appreciated.
 
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