This thing has been sitting in my shelf for a while, time to talk about it. The Mayflash DolphinBar.
Before we go ahead, disclosure: I bought it with my own money, about 20 euros on italian Amazon, I am not sponsored by the creators of the dolphin bar or anyone else, really. Let’s have a look at it.
Inside the package you find the bar itself, the support for desks, this short but important instructions manual and some adhesive things in case you wanted to attach the bar over the monitor, but personally I believe biadhesive tape will do the job equally well.
On the bar itself, aside from the USB cable, the only controls are two switches and buttons, the one on the left to turn on and off the bar, the other to switch between over and under the television modes. The “Sync” button is used to pair the bar with the wiimotes and the “Mode” button switches between the four modes, explained on the manual. These modes can also be changed with a button combination on the wiimote.
Mode 1 and 2 are very similar, both use the the wiimote to control the cursor, and in mode 2 you can use a nunchuck to emulate the keyboard arrows. Since the mouse pointing is already unreliable by itself, I don’t see myself using it. But mode 1 has a neat sub-mode that is media control. With the buttons you can change volume, skip tracks and so on. A neat feature to control your media player PC across the room.
Mode 3 supports up to four wiimotes, wiimotes + nunchucks or wii classic controllers, and basically shows them to the PC as generic controllers, allowing you to configure them with games, or software, pretty much anything that recognises a gamepad. I tried it with NEStopia and some other games, and it works pretty well, especially if you are used to button layouts like the NES gamepad or want to get as close as possible to the hardware you are emulating.
Finally, mode 4 is the most interesting of them all, and the main attraction of the Dolphin Bar, because they didn’t cal…