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Wii U GamePad costs around $140 to replace

The consumer cost of replacing a Wii U GamePad is nearly as expensive as Nintendo's handheld.

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Until now we’ve not really known what it would cost to replace the GamePad for the Wii U should something happen to it. Nintendo isn’t allowing it to be sold as a separate accessory which is wise, since it keeps grandmas everywhere from thinking the Wii U GamePad is just another Wii accessory. So what happens if you need your GamePad replaced? Well, you have to fork over $140 it seems.

A gamer on the NeoGAF forums had his luggage lost by Delta Airlines, which included his Wii U GamePad. After calling Nintendo for a replacement, his credit card is being billed $150+ after shipping. Ouch. Here’s proof:

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It would seem that the Wii U GamePad is more expensive to manufacture than previously thought, which is why Nintendo has been so adamantly against price cuts for its new console. For $150+, you could have a brand new 3DS. This is also likely why there will not be multiple GamePad support in the future.

[via NeoGAF]

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

    i’ll take the 3ds. my gamepad would never break anyway.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

      Haha, that comment is so naive that I’m not sure if you are joking or not.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

        I didnt mean to start a problem or anything. I just didnt know that they would sell them separately. but when thet do, im buying another. :D

        • Jay Falcon

          not your problem that guy is just bitter.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

            If by bitter you mean realistic ;).

      • WiiUltra

        How is it naive? If he is stating that he takes good care of his console that is the opposite of naive. My gamepad is certainly not going to break on my watch either.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

          Haha, look I love the thought of my hardware lasting forever too.  But it doesn’t.  Especially as you shove more and more tech into it.  It’s just a fact that everything is finite.  I have broken SNES and N64 controllers that I thought would never break…when i was naive.  I’d love to think my laptop will last forever.  But it won’t.  Hardware will always fail eventually, that is just reality.  That and ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. 

          • Laud

            You laugh too much.

            Those aren’t even jokes.

            If you’re looking for a funny joke you need just reread your comments.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

            Hahaha, that’s because you guys say such funny things.  It’s like talking to children.  Although I suppose I probably am.

          • WiiUltra

            Well I think we got off on the wrong foot. Our experiences with consoles has been very different. I would just like to point out that my N64 still works (controllers too), Gamecube still works, Wii still works, origional DS still works, and 10 years from now I’ll add the Wii U to that list of still working. How are yours holding up?

    • Gamefreak361

      Good luck with that!

  • John Novakovich

    There will be multi gamepad support. Nintendo confirmed it. Wtf are you guys smoking?

    • Diogo Zacharias

       WII U supports only two gamepad, the “multi” are meant to be compared with the others consoles which supports 4 basic console’s controllers.

      • DragonSilths

        Wii U can have 2 Gamepads, 4 Wii Motes all at once lol. Thats 6 controllers.

        • MadCrain

          Okay, thanks for the fact, is that even relevant to his answer? He’s saying that they won’t support 4 GAMEPADS, it’d be way to expensive, and probably no one will buy more than 1.

          • DragonSilths

            Nobody thought it would handle 4 gamepads. Alot of people will buy a 2nd one. People who have a brother or sister or have friends come over alot to play Wii U.

          • MadCrain

            Holy shit, you are really going to buy a $140 controller, you must be stinking in money, must be nice :)
            And FYI, you just said you could buy 4 Wii motes, so why more?

          • Elem187

            This is only the price currently to replace it. Once Nintendo moves into mass producing them for retail the price will come down for two reasons:

            1. this new wireless tech will come down in price as time goes on (all technology does)

            2. When you mass produce items, it gets ALOT cheaper.

          • MadCrain

            I already know all of that, and really, I don’t care, I’m not bitching about the price, but it’s weird that people consider buying a $140 priced controllers.

          • DragonSilths

            I did not say BUY 4 Wii Motes. Most people already have 4 from the Wii days. And no Im not rich. But compare maxing out 3 more Xbox controllers to get to the Maximum of 4 controllers. Thats $180. So to max out the Wii U with its Gamepad controllers you’re only spending $140ish. But my philosophy on money is “Money is meant to be wasted. If I have money I spend it ASAP. Never knew the value of a dollar and never will.

          • MadCrain

            And I didn’t say we should BUY 4 Wii Motes, I said that if you can already play with 5 players, why would you want more?  “Money is meant to be wasted. If I have money I spend it ASAP.” that’ll get you on the streets REAL quick ;)

      • John Novakovich

        2 is a multiple number. If I have 2 cookies, I have multiple cookies.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

      but nintendo said they would NOT be selling the gamepad separately, at all. if they did, it would be nice.

      • Fred

        Wrong Nintendo said they won’t be selling it at all UNTIL there was a game that supports 2 gamepads.

        • John Novakovich

          exactly

      • DragonSilths

        They said eventually they will. No game supports it yet. They probably will when Mario Kart U comes out.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

          dont forget smash bros. and hopefully zelda. :D

          • DragonSilths

            Why would Zelda use 2 Gamepads? It wont be co-op or anything lol. Smash Bros yes I agree with.

          • DragonSilths

            Hell I bet Retros game (Starfox) will use 2 Gamepads,

    • Tecpedz94

       I know!! What are they saying Reggie even said that they will make games that support both later on in the future….

  • jcnba28

    Doesn’t surprise me, there’s a lot of tech in the gamepad, what did people expect?

    • catsby

      A normal gamepad like what they had with Gamecube, So that you could buy 3 additional ones and play with friends.

      • Laud

        So we can play virtual console games? Those pads can’t receive the display and have short latency like the Wii U gamepad can.

        • catsby

          Virtual console games? Your saying that all new games must have some cool features with the gamepad? Why not make a great game without those boring “blow into the mic” and shaking controller etc..
          I mean most times when i died at Zelda skyward sword, It was the Wii motes fault :S

          Imo these new controllers are what keeps me away from Nintendo after i sold my Wii, Really sad but i grew up with the nes,snes, n64 and GC and all those had great controllers.. Now you have to struggle with these new kinda boring and not very innovative controllers..

          • Laud

            Blow into the mic? You’re talking about Nintendoland, a game designed SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SHOWING WHAT THE GAMEPAD CAN DO.

            I’m not going to waste my time on you.

          • catsby

            It was an example, Why does this upset you? All im saying is that Nintendos new controllers isn’t impressive or fun to use at all, More on the frustrating side, I want the games but not the problem that comes with trying to play them.

      • MadCrain

        That’s why they have the Pro Controller, so people like you could buy 50 of them.

  • manowaffles

    This is promising since the gamepad is being sold by itself in Japan since launch, and the conversion back in December put it’s price at about $150.

    Glad I don’t have to buy one for a while though, but I can’t wait till there will be games that use two!

  • Cesar Barroso

    it does almost everything, of course it costs a lot!!

  • audi lover

    I spend more on alcohol in a month and more on peterol in a 2 weeks seems pretty resonable to me

    • Elem187

      When you take inflation into account it is rather cheap.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

    So basically if my gamepad breaks, I will just buy another Wii U..

    • Laud

      Uh…

      $150…. or $300?

      I don’t know dude… I think I would rather spend $150 or less if I buy it on Ebay.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XTZ23MWL5WS52TATARVTMOTCCM Adam B

        If your gamepad breaks, buy a used Wii U for 200 bucks.  Then you will have a new GamePad and a backup Wii U for when yours breaks years down the road.

        • Laud

          That whole statement is wrong.

          Nintendo stuff is made with Nintendium, nothing will ever break unless you break it.

          Besides, if you REPLACE a Nintendo console you’re doing it all wrong. You’re supposed to send it in to Nintendo and they repair it for you.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

            Again, don’t be a fool.  If in 2020 your Wii U breaks, good luck sending it to Nintendo for a fix.  I’m talking about years down the line when the product is out of warranty and no longer supported.

          • Laud

            I think one of my statements went right over your head.

            “Nintendo stuff is made with Nintendium, nothing will ever break unless you break it.”

            I just beat Killer Instinct on my SNES last night, and my NES is still kickin’

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

            Yes, I ignored that statement because it was about something that doesn’t exist.  I assumed you didn’t want it to be taken seriously.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

            My SNES still works too.  But it freezes very occasionally and fails to boot the game properly probably 5% of the time.  Eventually it will break.

          • Elem187

            I still have to blow the dust out of my NES cartridges :-/

          • MetroidZero

            Aren’t you the same one who commented about the GPGPU and said something along the lines of “It was forged from Diamond.” You are too funny. :)

          • Laud

            :P Thanks.

          • Fred

            There was one Nintendo item that wasn’t made of Nintendium…the control stick on the 64 Controllers…they sucked. Everything else is great though. My original GameBoy still works like a champ.

          • Laud

            I had that problem but I had like a dozen replacements, the sticks were so cheap.

  • Nashoba Darkwolf

    Why is Delta Airlines NOT paying for this themselves? They lost his system, they must replace it! 

    • Gamefreak361

      I would sue those a**holes.

      • BellsGhost

        I would thank them for getting rid of the cheap plastic crap.

        • MetroidZero

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          ————————————————————-

          May I introduce you to BellsGhost. He hails from the infamous group, T.A.N, or,  Trolls Against Nintendo.  Not once or twice, no, but on many occasions have we seen his anti-Nintendo comments.  He gives no constructive criticism; his comments are full of jeer and are down-right negative. *FF: Did you know he refers people as “Nintendrones?”*

          I beseech all of you to not make the same mistake as you once did (or are now doing) with Neutron, DemonRoach, Donaald, and others not mentioned. This individual, BellsGhost, needs to be approached in the same manner like the other trolls:

           1. Don’t feed him. 
           2. Steer clear, as Laud would say.
           3. Add a sticky-note on your monitor to remind you, the reader of this post, to not fall into their childish bickering. 

          You, BellsGhost, have been singled out. Criticism is tolerated among the WiiUDaily community. Downright negativity is not tolerated.
            
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    • WiiUltra

      My question is why does he have only the gamepad in the bag? Where is the console? haha

      • Noteak

        That was exactly what I was thinking, WiiUltra

      • Elem187

        I think he said he had his console in another bag.

    • JVAN63

       The bill from Nintendo goes to the user and is warranted to him. Airlines don’t go shopping for you, they just pay your claim.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

    I also must say, they better not ever come out with a “Game Pad Plus!” controller.

    • Laud

      You can’t do that with the gamepad, it already has everything.

      • bizzy gie

        I don’t know. We’re still missing analogue triggers.

        • Laud

          Not worth a PLUS.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XTZ23MWL5WS52TATARVTMOTCCM Adam B

        Haha, don’t be a fool.  There is no such thing as “everything”. 

        • Laud

          By everything I mean everything that is essential to provide a fun and original gameplay experience.

          Don’t be a fool? Hows about grow up?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

            Haha, there is still not definition of “everything that is essential to provide a fun and original gameplay experience.”  We thought we had that with N64.  But things changed didn’t they?  I’m just saying they can easily think of a new innovative feature, such as a gamepad that also displays in 3D, or has it’s own Hard Drive and OS so it can be used as a standalone tablet.  It is foolish to think “this is it, we have it”  So yes, don’t be a fool.  The gaming world will continue to evolve.

          • Laud

  • Aaron Banks

    should probably look after mine, nearly headbutted it playing f-zero. awesome game

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505437255 Erica Nancekivell

    what happen to the 85 bucks it use to be?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

      it kinda sucks they changed it. the price was so low before, I wouldnt mind breaking my game pad just to get a new one…. now, im gaurding the gamepad with my life.

      • Elem187

        I think we are just seeing the replacement costs. Once it starts being mass produced specifically for retail, the price will come down about half that.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

      According to what source?

  • dr scoobie

    shouldnt delta airlines be paying to replace his luggage?

  • Srpg2ishere

    If my Wii U GamePad broke I don’t know what I would do… Lucky for me I’m an intelligent person. There’s no way my GamePad could break as long as I have it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HAQEA5CZ5CK6PGNK4HNFY22XA Adrian

      Thumbs down.  Overconfidence + Naivety

    • Laud

      You send it in to Nintendo for repairs, that’s all you need to do.

  • Tecpedz94

    They should make another cheaper gamepad specifically for a second player. Of course the original one should later on be sold at the 140$ or so price but make a second cheaper one by removing several functions. For instance they can remove  to be able to play off screen or other non mandatory features. If you already have the original gamepad the second version with fewer features will fine to use as a 2nd players and will also be cheaper.

    • Elem187

      Its called a Pro Controller and it retails for $50… I highly recommend one, it works great for 2nd player stuff.

      • Tecpedz94

        What are you talking about i know what the pro controller is im specifically talking about a cheaper version of the gamepad….

  • dgallo911

    If they are that expensive, cant they made the DS’s double as a controller? I know the graphics etc might not be as crisp but i dont think ppl would mind as its pretty rare to find a “2nd” controller that you can also take on the trains etc.

    • Elem187

      The DS/3DS/Vita doesn’t have the near zero wireless latency. The streaming tech on the gamepad is so new that it was released just Sept ’12 and stuffed into these devices at the last minute.

  • john madsen

    Holy #$%%^^&^&&^^%^^%%^&&^*&&*&&**(*(*)*&*^&&%^$^$$%$ is nintendo high as heck 140.00 for a stinking replacement 150.00 plus shipping and nintendo thinks that people are not going to abuse there replacement policy oh hey i lost mine not really but i want another gamepad and i can now sell the gamepad via ebay and other sites for 200.00 morons morons 

  • Elem187

    This is only the price currently to replace it. Once Nintendo moves into mass producing them for retail the price will come down for two reasons:

    1. this new wireless tech will come down in price as time goes on (all technology does)
    2. When you mass produce items, it gets ALOT cheaper.

    • Fred

      Yes, but when was the last time you saw a price drop on a Nintendo controller? When the Wii released the Wii Remote was $40 and the Nunchuk was $20. Today the Wii Remote is $40 and the Ninchuk is $20. My guess is they aren’t dropping the price because they are selling the Wii U at a loss and they’re actually making money on the controllers.

  • Fred

    If a really good game comes out that requires a second I’ll be more than happy to drop $140. I remember when I learned about Zelda: Four Swords Adventures that required gameboy advances and game link cables for every player. My wife and I loved that game, but very few people were willing to buy the extra accessories. Come to think of it, I hope they figure out some way to bring that out on the virtual console.

    • Fred

      What if they did it on the 3DS virtual console I think they could make that work.

  • Lev M

    he loss the gamepad, that’s alot different from cracking the screen or messing up the buttons

  • Destiny64

    are thieves.
    an android tablet complete with everything costs 100euro

  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Anyone here of supply and demand???  Right now supply is low so prices are high.  If supply increases and as the console matures this price will come down.  By the time they are release for retail sale they may only be $99 or less.