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#1 travistouchdown ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:33 AM

So several years ago my girlfriend (at the time, now wife, lol) knocked my Wii U gamepad off our coffee table where it flipped onto the floor landing firmly on the left joystick.  From then on, instead of clicking in as it should (used in a number of games) it is squishy and doesn't do anything.  Luckily the directional aspect still works.

 

Several years ago I contacted Nintendo and they said it would be $80 to fix the damn thing, no matter what.  Whether it was run over by a bulldozer or if it just had one small $5 dollar part needed (like I assume mine does.)

 

Has anyone attempted to ever repair their gamepads for any issue.  Any possibility of finding parts for this?   Only a couple games really have a critical need for that left joystick click, but the more I think about it the more I realize I hang onto Nintendo consoles for decades so i'd really like it working for the years ahead and maybe should just suck it up and pay the "nintendo" tax before I can't get it repaired at all anymore...

 

Thoughts?



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Posted Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:35 AM

So here they are...nice.  Certainly less than $80

 

Always worry about quality and durability though versus OEM...

 

http://www.ebay.com/...5.c100005.m1851

 

Gave these ones a try since the reviews are all positive.  Worst case scenario I am out $8 bucks...

 

http://www.ebay.com/...119.m1438.l2649

 

I hate how the big N tries to gouge people for repairs.  I think it's mostly because they don't want to DEAL with it themselves.  They just want to sell you new shit. lol


Edited by travistouchdown, Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:40 AM.


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Posted Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:52 AM

Is it that different of a stick that every other console currently uses? Yeah I'm sure you want a matching part, but unless its digital like 64, I'd think most any would work.

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Posted Fri Sep 8, 2017 8:55 AM

And of course had to order a wonky tri head screw driver to do this repair. Thanks for the weird bit heads Nintendo!

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Posted Sat Sep 9, 2017 2:51 AM

I wonder if you could swap in a Wii U Pro Controller analog stick? 



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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:11 AM

This took me about 20 minutes and cost $12 (including the special N screwdriver.)  Definitley less than the $80-$100 Nintendo wanted to fix my left joystick.  Works great! 

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Posted Today, 8:21 AM

And of course had to order a wonky tri head screw driver to do this repair. Thanks for the weird bit heads Nintendo!

Nice work. I have a wii u zelda gamepad that has a broken camera. How hard or difficult is the gamepad to work on? Thanks!







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