If you break your Wii U console or your GamePad controller, you can expect to pay a hefty repair fee. That’s according to Nintendo World Report, who sent in a broken Wii U and GamePad controller to find out how much it would cost to repair.
And the repair bill is a large one: repairing the Wii U console costs $175, while a GamePad repair job costs $85. The $175 repair cost was for the Deluxe model, which means the repair price is 50% of the retail price of the hardware. This is pretty high compared to the average piece of consumer electronics.
The Wii U and GamePad are covered under a 1-year warranty from Nintendo, unless the player does something to break that warranty, like abusing the hardware.
The GamePad controller isn’t available for purchase in North America, and when it does go on sale next year, the price will likely be well over $100, based on the repair costs. Japanese gamers will be able to purchase extra GamePads when the console launches tomorrow. A GamePad in Japan will retail at $175.