Yes you can use a Wii Nunchuck to play iPhone games. No, you shouldn't do it.

Iphone with Wii Nunchuck
Iphone with Wii Nunchuck (Image credit: Will it Work?)

What you need to know

  • You can plug all kinds of things into an iPhone.
  • One of those things is a Wii Nunchuck if you have the right adapter.
  • Amazingly, it actually works.

The number of things that you can plug into an iPhone is pretty amazing and the lengths YouTube channel "Will it Work?" will go to so they can prove it is just as crazy. Like this video that shows a Nintendo Wii Nunchuck, of all things, being used to play Mario Kart on an iPhone.

Yes, you read that right.

In this video, I'll show you how to connect a Nintendo Wii Nunchuk to the iPhone in order to play certain video games.

Yes, you'll need an adapter or two to make this work, and sure, you probably shouldn't be doing it any time soon. But if you do have a spare Nunchuck and you do have an urge to play Mario Kart with it, you can do it.

Check the video out in the hope it'll scratch that itch for you before you actually get around to doing it!

Update - I'm adding this because some people are confused about why they shouldn't connect a 14-year-old accessory to an iPhone as a means to play games.

It's because it's a 14-year-old accessory and playing games on an iPhone with it sucks. Because of course it does.

Hopefully that clears things up!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.