I just bought Magicka and want to play it on my computer with my girlfriend. Buying a gamepad seems to be the only option. I've never owned one, so I have no idea what kind the game supports or what the interface looks like.

How do I know if a gamepad is compatible with Magicka? I already have USB keyboards, a Wiimote with nunchuk, an unrooted Android phone, and a couple of other computers (too weak to play the game). Could I use any of those?

What are my options?

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    I believe most USB gamepads should work, but I would suggest picking up a wired Xbox 360 controller - many Windows games with controller support will only support this type of gamepad (without resorting to custom drivers or other modifications).
    – agent86
    Feb 18, 2012 at 17:01
  • @agent86 Magicka has special requirements because of the way input is done for that game. That said, this is still a shopping recommendation and thus off topic. Feb 18, 2012 at 17:06
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    @StrixVaria: I'm not asking what would be the best to buy, but what is supported by the game. Definitely not a shopping recommendation, which would be "Which gamepad should I buy?" or "Which gamepad is the best for my situation?".
    – Mark
    Feb 18, 2012 at 17:07
  • @Mark The line is fuzzy at best. My close vote stands. We'll see how others vote. Feb 18, 2012 at 17:09
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    @StrixVaria I wouldn't consider it a shopping recommendation. He isn't simply asking for recommendations, he's asking for what will work from a technical perspective. 'How do I know if a "gamepad" works with Magicka?' (lists what input devices he has) 'Could I use any of that?' He is curious about his options are.
    – Lemmings19
    Feb 18, 2012 at 17:23

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Magicka supports XInput-compatible gamepads (also known as Xbox 360-compatible). If your gamepad uses DirectInput instead of XInput (i.e. it is not compatible with Xbox 360), you can use x360ce to make it work with Magicka.


An Xbox 360 controller is the best bet. If you have an Xbox or friends with one you might be able to get hold of one easy. The wired controllers are generally cheaper but you can get a wireless receiver for the PC to use the wireless ones that tend to come with the consoles.

They are a good investment as they are by far the most supported controller type on PC.


Any gamepad that Windows supports.

So if you have a gamepad driver for the Wiimote-Nunchuck combo (which uses Bluetooth), you're good to go. Some links to get you started (that I did not exhaustively test though):


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